Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant is the most successful treatment modern dentistry can offer. The missing tooth can be replaced without damage to the adjacent teeth and is a fixed restoration rather than a removable appliance. The dental implant looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. It restores your confidence to smile, chew and speak just like before your tooth was removed. An implant can likewise replace multiple teeth, or be used to stabilise a denture to make it a firm, well-fitting appliance.
What makes a dental implant different?
A dental implant consists of two parts. There is a titanium screw which is fixed into the bone and a crown, which is screwed into or cemented onto the screw. Whilst this sounds somewhat dramatic, the screw itself is quite easy to place under local anaesthetic, intravenous sedation, or general anaesthetic to ensure your comfort. The implanted screw is then given time to for the bone to fuse to it before the final crown restoration is done.
The final restoration looks just like a natural tooth made of porcelain fused to metal or Zirconia and attached to the titanium screw. This natural appearance can assist patient confidence and comfort.
The titanium screw placed within the bone assists us not only to place a great restoration, it also helps retain bone. When a tooth is extracted, the bone is no longer required to hold the tooth in place, so it diminishes in height. The titanium screw can assist the bone remain at its former height which improves facial appearance, reduces damage to the bone to adjacent teeth, and assists with retaining opposing teeth.
What happens next with Dental Implants?
The Dentist will discuss with you in detail the pros and cons of an implant for your mouth. An assessment of the viability of an implant for you may be undertaken to determine if there is enough bone existing currently to support an implant. A thorough treatment plan will be provided to you and timelines discussed.
Dental implants are highly successful, with latest figures showing their success rate is around 95-97%. This makes implants one of the most highly successful treatments in modern dentistry. We are proud to be able to offer such quality dental care to our patients.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.