What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is made up of three parts. The titanium post functions as an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone and fuses with it, over time. Once the new root has bonded with the jawbone, an abutment is attached which connects the post to a prosthetic tooth or teeth in the form of a crown, fixed bridge or a full set of dentures.
As the titanium post fuses with the jawbone, it provides a very strong and stable root acting in a very similar way to a natural tooth. This means both function and aesthetic are able to be restored.
Why are dental implants needed?
Dental implants are needed because leaving a missing tooth can open you up to a variety of problems within your oral health. A missing tooth needs to be treated as soon as possible to prevent the need for any extensive cosmetic or restorative dentistry. Problems with a missing tooth include:
- Teeth shifting
- Gum disease or Tooth decay
- TMJ syndrome symptoms
- Change in facial appearance
The procedure for dental implants
Dr Crookes or Dr Jenkins will refer you to an implant specialist to be assessed for treatment. At this stage, the specialist will make sure there is sufficient jawbone to accept the implant.
If your jawbone isn’t thick enough, or the bone is too soft you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure. The bone grafting surgery will create a more denser, thicker base for the implant. In this procedure, a piece of bone is taken from another part of your body like your hip and transplanted into your jaw.
The jaw has the strongest muscle in your entire body and if your powerful chewing action exerts too much pressure on your fragile jawbone, the dental implant surgery would fail.
The dental implant procedure usually takes, on average three dental appointments.
Firstly, the implant root component, consisting of a titanium screw, is inserted into the bone site. This procedure is usually done under local anaesthesia for maximised comfort.
After about six to ten days, the stitches are removed and the implant is allowed to heal for six to twelve weeks. This healing is called osseointegration as the jawbone grows into and bonds with the surface of the dental implant. This process helps provide a solid base for the artificial tooth root, securing it in place.
At the next stage, the secure implant is uncovered and impressions for the final prosthesis, such as a crown or bridge are made. The dental prosthetics can’t be placed until your jawbone is strong enough to support this new tooth.
It is usually then just a few weeks before the final prosthesis is ready to be fitted, and the implant is complete.
What to expect after dental implant surgery
The dentists at Crookes and Jenkins Dental are well versed in dental implant surgery and advise their patients what they can expect post surgery. There may be the typical discomforts such as:
- Swelling of the gums and face
- Pain at the dental implant site
- Bruising of the skin and gums
- Slight bleeding
If the swelling and discomfort does get worse, or you have any further concerns or questions, contact Crookes and Jenkins Dental straight away. Most discomfort can be managed by over the counter pain medication (if no allergies exist).
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If you have any questions or want any more information on dental implants then don’t hesitate to contact us at Crookes & Jenkins today!
Dental Implant FAQs
There are many reasons why you may consider an implant to replace missing teeth.
Some reasons patients choose to undergo dental implant surgery include:
- To replace a single tooth lost to infection or to replace a number of teeth missing in a row.
- To improve stability of dentures
- For cosmetic improvement
Looking after your dental implant isn’t difficult. You will take care of it just as you would any other tooth. This means you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. You can brush and floss just as you would with any other tooth.
By having a proper oral health routine, you can maintain the appearance and longevity of your dental implant. It is also important to visit your dentist every six months to ensure the health of your mouth. If you have any issues with your implant post treatment, then please get in touch with a dental professional as soon as possible.
Dental implants have an extremely high success rate of just over 96%. However, there are some issues that can affect the success of the implant.
- Tooth decay and gum disease
- Other medical conditions
To ensure the highest possible chance of success, you will be sent to a dental implant specialist to assess your eligibility for the treatment. Any existing gum disease or decay will be treated beforehand by your regular dentist at Crookes and Jenkins.
Medical conditions such as diabetes may affect the success of your dental implant. This will all be assessed and discussed at length with the dental implant specialist.
Dental implants are a long-term investment. Dental implants will not decay. They are a very reliable and clinically proven dental prosthetic.
As for the costs of dental implants, it’s hard to give an exact price, as each case is different from the last. Each patient’s circumstances are unique.
For detailed costs on dental implants, it’s best to come and see the dentists at Crookes and Jenkins Dental in Brisbane where they can assess you and provide an estimate.