“Dental implants are our recommended treatment for patients looking to replace a missing tooth. The titanium post means it is strong and stable as well as look as natural as your remaining teeth.””
— Dr Sean Crookes
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.
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 bade 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
What are teeth implants?
Dental implants are screw like anchors that are placed into your jawbone to mimic a natural tooth root. Dental implants can be used to replace one, many or all of your missing teeth.
Made from biocompatible materials like titanium they can last for many years in your upper and lower jaws. By attaching to the bone and gum tissue, they create a stable base for a dental prosthetic to attach on top like a crown or a bridge.
Teeth implants can be the most natural looking dental restoration option.
Do I need a tooth implant?
There are many reasons why you may consider an implant to replace missing teeth.
Some reasons patients choose to undergo dental implant surgery include:
What are the costs of dental implants?
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 a detailed costs on dental implants, its best to come and see the dentists at Crookes and Jenkins Dental in Brisbane where they can assess you and provide an estimate.