Dental implants in Essendon, Melbourne
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the bone. A crown can then be constructed to attach to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Dental Implants are proving to be a very effective way of replacing teeth as they are free standing and do not require other teeth to support them.
When implants were originally invented, 4–6 months of healing was required for the implant to fuse to bone, before a porcelain crown could be attached to it. With today’s newest technologies, in some situations a crown can be placed immediately.
CEREC 3D technology – latest in teeth implants
We have the latest in CEREC 3D technology to help us determine what is the best type of implant for you. This gives us better accuracy and has revolutionised the way implants are placed. Latest research is showing th
at the long-term success of implants after 10 years is approximately 90%. But the porcelain crown attached to the implant may have to be reviewed for replacement over it’s lifetime.
Why should missing teeth be replaced?
There are several possible consequences from losing teeth and not replacing them:
- Drifting of adjacent teeth: when there is a missing gap, opposing teeth may over-erupt adjacent teeth and drift into the empty spaces, resulting in food trapping and possible decay
- Difficulty chewing: missing teeth causes issues with chewing that could possibly result in indigestion
- Poor appearance and bone loss: loss of youthful facial structure due to bone reabsorption
- Loss of lip support
- Poor speech: difficulty in speaking especially if front teeth are missing
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Dental implants provide a long-term solution.
- Dental implants slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.
- Dental implants look and feel similar to natural teeth.
- Dental implants will not decay.
- Dental implants can replace one or a series of lost teeth.
- Teeth implants are strong and able to perform the same functions as natural teeth.
- Teeth implants improve confidence and quality of life.
- Teeth implants greatly enhance functions, such as chewing and biting.
- Teeth implants improve appearance.
What is the standard dental implant procedure?
FirstBite Dental explains the dental implant process in 5 easy steps:
1. The part of jaw bone where teeth have been lost is covered by a layer of intact oral soft tissue (mucosa).
2. The soft tissue layer is incised and retracted to expose the underlying bone surface and the socket that receives the implant is prepared for drilling.
3. An implant is placed in the prepared socket and the overlying soft tissue is sutured back to its original position. The implant site is allowed to heal for 4 to 6 months during which the implants surface and the surrounding bone fuse together, a biological process called ‘osseointegration’. Implant surface and bone fusing as seen together under the microscope.
4. At the end of the healing period, the soft tissue covering the top of the implant is incised again to expose the top of the integrated implant. An extension, (abutment) is placed on the implant such that it stays above the soft tissue level. The soft tissue is allowed to heal for 2–4 weeks.
5. The dental prosthesis (in this case a crown) is constructed and connected to the underlying implant structures by means of screw retention or cementation. The patient can now chew with the implant.
See examples of dental implants in our case studies section.
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