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Our practice is limited to the treatment of gums, grafting and dental implants.
Our team is focused on providing a relaxed environment as part of our commitment to patient comfort.
We utilise the latest in both techniques and technology to provide the best possible patient care.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a fixed-prosthesis to replace a missing tooth or teeth and is the closest replacement option to natural teeth available. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth, or to support partial or full dentures. Implants and crowns remain inside the mouth and do not require any adhesives to hold them in place.
The advantage of dental implants over conventional removable dentures or tooth-retained bridges include the ability to withstand greater biting forces without moving or being displaced, not having to remove them at night and do not involve the neighbouring teeth.
It works by first surgically implanting a titanium ‘screw’ into the jawbone and waiting for this to become fused into the jawbone. This is a process which is referred to as ‘osseointegration’ and provides the foundation for the final crown to be placed onto the implant. The biological healing process can take a few months to occur, waiting for the bone to adapt and ‘harden’ around the implant prior to having the final prosthesis.
Like any reconstruction or renovation, it is important to ensure that the foundations are in good a state. Your medical history is evaluated to see if there are any risk factors that can reduce the success of a dental implant, this included poorly controlled diabetes, smoking and some medications for osteoporosis and immunosuppressants. We then ensure that there is no active gum disease or dental infections that require attention prior to implant placement.
If your damaged tooth has already been removed, then a CT scan of the jawbone will be taken to make sure there is adequate bone available for a dental implant to be placed. If there is a deficiency then a bone graft may be required in order to allow a dental implant to be placed.
The dental implant procedure is performed under local anaesthesia in the surgery and usually takes less than 60 minutes. A review will take place 1-2 weeks later and then a healing period of 3-6 months will be allowed for the implant to ‘fuse’ to the bone. After the healing period we will confirm the integration of the implant prior to construction of the final crown.
For patients that feel more anxious about the procedure we can arrange for ‘twilight’ or intravenous sedation, which is carried out in the surgery by a medical anaesthetist.
Titanium implants have high success rates and have been widely accepted as an effective way to replace missing teeth.
Research shows the success rates of dental implants to be at 90-95% at 10 years. The success rate of dental implants vary, depending on good oral hygiene and regular maintenance. It is important to understand that a dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a natural tooth and although we hope for it to be permanently retained it can be subject to biological and mechanical complications over time.
Results will vary between individuals, and it is important to understand that any dental procedure carries risks and complications. Your periodontist will determine the best treatment plan for you.