Dental implant

Feb 18, 2014

Dental implants are a brilliant replacement for missing teeth. Missing teeth are usually treated with dental implants, dentures or bridges. Dental implants are generally the better option when it comes to the replacement of missing teeth but every case needs to be assessed based on its own merits and treatment plans need to be formulated as a dynamic and informed process. Patients should ask questions and know the advantages and disadvantages of treatments based on their own circumstances.

Dental implants are titanium screws in the shape of the tooth root that are placed in the jawbone surgically. After a period of implant integration or joining to the bone, the crown of the tooth can be fabricated from a mould and be placed on top of the screw. The resulting “tooth” will act, look and feel very similar to a natural tooth. Modern dental implants have surfaces that encourage bone to grow around them and hence make the procedure faster and more predictable. Smoking, tooth grinding and poor oral hygiene are unfavourable factors when it comes to implants as they delay healing and cause infections.

Dental implant cost may seem to be a prohibiting factor in deciding how to replace missing teeth but  in the long run  they may be a more economical choice than dentures or bridges. Dental implant cost can be very similar to a bridge in many instances but the difference is that a bridge may require the cutting of teeth on either side of the gap whereas a dental implant is independent of those teeth and stands alone

At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry, we work with a team of highly skilled surgeons for placement of the implants. The aesthetic outcome of the treatment is highly dependent on the amount of bone and gum that is left and its shape and contour. Therefore choosing a surgeon familiar with aesthetic concepts of dentistry is of paramount importance.

We are always happy to advise you on questions that you may have. If you do have any questions about dental implants, dental implant cost or any other procedure send us an email or give us a call on (08) 8213 1821.

What can Dental Implants fix?

Dental implants can be an ideal solution to missing teeth. Teeth can be lost due to being infected, heavily broken down or decayed, trauma or they can be missing due to genetic reasons.

Implants can be an alternative to bridges, root canal treatment and dentures but as mentioned before each case is uniquely different and needs to be assessed accordingly

Dental Implants – What is involved?

Like any other dental treatment, it is important for you to know your options well. If a tooth is painful, loose or broken, it may be better for it to be replaced by an implant instead of persevering with other treatments.

Records are taken to figure out the amount of bone present in the jaw, the space available for the implant and how the bite comes together. The surgeon then plans the surgery, according to those initial findings. The implant is placed in the jaw bone and left there for integration over time. The length of the healing period depends on the quality and amount of bone and the location of the implant.

During this healing period, you may need a temporary tooth. If the implant is not in an aesthetic zone, that is if it is not visible, then it can be left alone without a temporary tooth so the tissues can heal nicely. 

Once the healing period is over a permanent porcelain tooth can be put on top of the implant. An impression of the implant is taken, and a porcelain tooth is made. The fabricated tooth is tried in, and once the result is approved by both the dentist and you, it is placed permanently