What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a fixture screw which is used to replace a tooth root. During a procedure it is placed into the jawbone where there are teeth missing. Following the placement procedure a specialised implant component is attached to offer a final restoration resembling the tooth or teeth you have lost. The revolutionary quality of the dental implant is attributable to its unique biocompatible titanium surface.
Bone cells will fuse with the outer surface as if it were part of your own body. This process is referred to as osseointergartion and has improved the quality of life of many people all around the world.
Am I a Candidate?
In most cases, provided you are at least 18 years of age, are not pregnant and are healthy enough to undergo a medical procedure then you are probably eligible for implant treatment. There is however, some evidence that implants are less successful in patients who are heavy smokers or immuno-compromised (e.g. leukaemia, insulin-dependant diabetes) and in patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer.
Implant Treatment Stages
Just like any personalised medical procedure, your treatment stages will be defined by your circumstances and/or situation.
Implants can be utilised to replace one or many missing teeth, even a full arch of missing teeth. For us to be able to plan for your procedure and confidently predict the long term functional and aesthetic outcomes, we will require a detailed consultation with you, at which time we will take study models and radiographs to assist with our diagnosis and planning. We may also ask that you attend an oral hygiene appointment to ensure that your oral tissues are in the best possible condition and that in infection is not present.
Once the diagnostic phase is complete we can carefully put together a treatment plan for you, with details of the appointment scheduling, a treatment timeline, healing times and any future treatment needs.
The most common two treatment options for the replacement of a missing tooth or teeth are:
Implant placement and tooth/teeth replacement i.e. same day surgery and restoration.
Implant placement, healing period and tooth/teeth replacement at second stage surgery
Implant treatment is a positive investment in your long term function and confidence. When you lose a tooth, this can often be the start of changes within your mouth, teeth drift and over erupt causing misaligned teeth and difficult to clean areas. Not only is the decision to replace a tooth important, it imperative. Dental implant treatment is the most ideal option for tooth replacement in many situations. If you would like to know more about this treatment option, please contact our reception for an implant consultation.