Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are made from medical-grade titanium and are similar to pins or screws used in other parts of the body such as in hip replacements.

The tooth implant process involves replacing a missing tooth or teeth that cannot be saved by conventional means.

Am I a candidate?

A suitable candidate for the tooth implant process is at least 18 years of age and healthy enough to undergo the procedure. You should not be pregnant and your oral health must be at its best. There is some evidence to show that the procedure is less successful in patients who are heavy smokers, have diabetes and in patients undergoing certain treatments for cancer or osteoporosis.

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Tooth implants can either be placed to close a gap to improve your appearance, or to provide extra teeth to chew with to reduce wear and tear on existing teeth. Many people who wear dentures often replace them with a permanent implant. This is less bulky and much more comfortable.

Immediate Placement

Technological advances have now made immediate implant placement a reality. If a tooth requires extraction, in some cases it is now possible to immediately place an implant into the socket and at the same time connect a replacement tooth to the implant.

Replacing All Teeth

We are able to treat patients who are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws. With careful diagnostic studies and pre-planning, we can take you from having a full removable denture to having implants and a bridge (or replacement teeth) connected to them. You can then enjoy the benefits of replacement teeth that are stable within the jaw bone. This often reinstates a self-confidence and quality of life that most have felt they would never regain.

Bone Grafting

Most implants don’t require bone grafting; however sometimes there is insufficient bone structure to support and absorb the pressures of biting and chewing. In these cases a bone grafting is required.

When a tooth has been missing for some time, your jawbone may have resorbed, reducing its strength and density. If this occurs and there is not enough bone to support the implant, you may require bone grafting surgery. Bone grafting will consist of filling the site with, either, bone harvested from another part of your body or synthetic bone.

This transplanted bone will integrate to create an excellent support structure for your implant. In some cases, you may need only a minor bone grafting procedure which may be done at the same time as your tooth implant placement process. The condition of your jawbone determines how we proceed and, following a detailed diagnostic phase, we will advise on the most suitable approach for you.

Caring For Your New Tooth Implants

Just as it is important to care for your natural teeth, your new implant also requires an oral care routine of brushing twice daily with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing or using a Pikster once a day.

Bi-annual appointments for oral exams and professional cleaning by our oral health therapists will ensure ongoing, optimal dental health.