Dental implants

A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jawbone. When dental work such as a crown, bridge or a full set of dentures is added, one or more missing teeth can be replaced. A dental implant is fabricated from a very strong, biocompatible material placed in one simple procedure.

Osseointegration is the connection between the implant and the bone that is achieved over time. After this (usually 3 months), it is then uncovered and connected to a small metal post that secures and supports the artificial tooth.

After careful treatment planning between your dentist and specialist who will place your implant, your dentist at Refresh Dental Care will secure your crown, bridge, or denture.

Although there are several options for replacing a missing tooth, a dental implant is often the most ideal solution and referred to as the ‘gold standard’.

FAQs

The implant itself is a screw made generally from titanium. Once place in the bone it is designed for the bone to grow into the structure to create a firm bond between the bone and titanium. The crown of the implant is ceramic.

After you have an implant placed your dentist or dental specialist will be able to advise how long we will need to wait before placing a permanent crown on your implant. Three months is the general rule as we need to make sure the implant has integrated with the bone in the jaw and that healing is complete.

General discomfort may arise after anaesthetics wear off. You may be given a recommendation for pain management by your dentist but this is case by case.

Implants are a gold standard tooth replacement system because they are standalone tooth replacement. They are strong and they do not decay….. BUT they need as good care if not better care than regular teeth. Implants need maintenance and optimum oral health practice at home to ensure its longevity. Although it can not decay, the gums and bone surrounding the implant can become inflamed or infected and this can cause the implant to fail and need to be removed.

Yes! It is very important to return regularly to care for all your teeth and your implant teeth! Implants can still suffer dental related issues if not cared for correctly. With such an investment we want to ensure it lasts. At your regular clean appointments your implant will need regular radiographs to see how the implant looks inside the bone, this is to make sure there is no infection or related problems under the gums.

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