A dental implant is a surgical dental procedure performed to replace a missing tooth. Unlike removable dentures, implants are permanently placed into your jawbone and then restored with a crown to replicate a natural tooth. Dental implants can also be used to hold dentures in place (implant-retained denture) or support a bridge (implant-retained bridge). In fact, implants can in certain circumstances be used to replace all your teeth.
The primary aim of dental implants are to replace the function of natural teeth.
Additionally, they can:
- Prevent bone loss in the jaw
- Prevent changes to a person’s facial profile (Reducing the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks after tooth extraction)
- Help provide stabilisation for greater bite pressures with dentures.
Prior to any implant procedure a consultation is required to discuss the treatment stages involved. In most cases the implant process involves three separate treatment stages.
1. Insertion of the implant into the bone
2. Insertion of the abutment (connector) on the implant
3. Attachment of the crown to the abutment
A dental implant is usually chosen for its longevity however this can be compromised with poor oral hygiene or smoking habits. Not regularly brushing and flossing can lead to plaque and calculus accumulation on the implant. This can result in bleeding gums, bone loss, infection, and pain. All these dental problems can jeopardies the health of an implant. Good oral hygiene is vital to ensure that the dental implant is maintained and that it can last for many years to come.
Our clinicians at Admire Dentistry aim to ensure your implant procedure and restoration is a pleasant experience. Feel free to contact us to book in for a consult to discuss your implant needs.
After a tooth is removed the surrounding, native bone will often resorb or dissolve. In certain circumstances the use of a bone graft material can be indicated to either reduce or prevent the loss of bone after a tooth extraction (socket grafting). Bone grafting can also on occasion, be necessary to contour the ridge around a dental implant to improve the bone foundation in which the implant is placed; this procedure can often be done at the time of implant placement (contour grafting).
There are a number of options when considering bone grafts, our clinicians at Admire Dentistry will ensure you are aware of all your options should this procedure be indicated for you.