Before the discovery of dental implants, many patients were forced to live in discomfort with less -technologically advanced dentures, which would often restrict the types of food they could eat and made many feel self-conscious. Dental implant treatment has revolutionised the way people with missing teeth live and, most importantly, the technique has given them a new lease on life.
What are dental implants?
According to the professionals at Dentistry by Design, dental implants are an excellent treatment program to suggest for patients who have one or more missing teeth. Dental implant techniques are straightforward;
- Titanium screws are fixed to the jaw bone using the latest bone grafting techniques.
- The expectation is then that the jaw bone will grow and graft in and around the titanium screw.
- This growth process forms a strong, unbreakable bond ensuring long-term strength and success
What is the procedure for dental implants?
At Dentistry by Design we use the latest technology to implant teeth when performing the dental implant treatments, enlisting the use of only the best, state-of-the-art methods and equipment. There are a few steps in the dental implant process, namely:
Your trusted dentist will first suggest an initial meeting or consultation to assess the state of your teeth and oral health. He or she will most likely also take an X-ray of your mouth to determine the state of your jaw bone. The dentist will need to assess the condition of both your gums and your jaw before deciding which course of action to take.
Dental implant surgery
Depending on your mouth’s condition and whether or not you fit the profile for dental implant surgery, your dentist will suggest a date and time to perform the dental implant surgery. Depending on your anxiety levels, your dentist can perform the dental implant surgery under sedation or general anaesthetic. The procedure consists of first making a small incision in the gum where the missing tooth was. The bone is then prepared inside the gum and an implant is screwed into the bone. The gum is then stitched back up again.
Follow up consultations
The implant must remain or “sit” as is for around four months to allow for the jaw bone to graft around it and for sufficient healing to take place. Your dentist will suggest a follow-up consultation after four months to assess the success of the implant and discuss next steps for attaching a new tooth to the implant.
Implanting the crown
Once your dentist has given the go-ahead for the bone grafting healing, a new tooth or teeth can be fitted to the implant. Depending on the needs and preferences of the patient and the tooth/teeth, a porcelain or ceramic, gold alloy, or porcelain and metal combination tooth will be used.
Dental implants could revolutionise your life and allow you to live a much more carefree existence. Talk to the local Sydney dental practice you can trust, call Dentistry by Design now on 02 9810 5507.