Do you have a tooth decayed beyond saving? Perhaps you have lost one or more teeth to gum disease? Or maybe the elbow you took to the face during a rugby scrum knocked out a couple of teeth? We can help solve all of these problems with dental implants. Our doctors can place implants that secure a single crown or a full set of dentures, restoring your smile to its original beauty and boosting your confidence. If you think dental implants can help you with your damaged smile, call our Docklands dental office today at (03) 9021-9487 and schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.
Dental Implants at a Glance
Dental implants are tiny posts made of titanium that the dentist surgically implants in your jaw to replace tooth roots. The implants stimulate the bone in your jaw, keeping it from deteriorating. They are biocompatible, so the bone actually fuses with them as they heal, providing a strong anchor for your chosen restoration. Many denture wearers prefer implant supported models because they provide a more stable, secure fit over traditional dentures that rely on adhesives and the natural suction of your mouth to stay in place.
The Placement of Dental Implants
Having implants placed requires a few visits to our office. At your first visit, you will consult with one of our doctors. The doctor will review your medical and dental history, as well as any medications you currently take, and will perform a complete oral exam to ensure that no other dental issues exist that need repairing before placing implants. The doctor will assess the density of your jawbone during the exam. This is the single most important factor in qualifying for dental implants. If your jawbone has low density, you may have to undergo a bone graft or a sinus lift before receiving implants. When the doctor has accepted you as a candidate for implants, he or she will create a comprehensive treatment plan, covering everything from anesthesia to recovery plans, and schedule you for surgery.
When you arrive for your surgery, our welcoming staff will help you get comfortable and begin administering anesthesia. Then the doctor will surgically place the implants in your jawbone. For a single crown, the doctor will only need to place one implant, while a full denture will typically require four to six implants per arch. You will receive a temporary restoration to wear while you heal, which should take three to six months. During this time, the implant and bone will fuse together, creating a solid foundation for your new teeth. While you heal, the doctor will have your new restoration manufactured in a reputable dental lab.
When the implants have fully healed, you will return to our office one more time. The doctor will expose the implants from under the gums, where they have been healing, and attach tiny connectors to them, called abutments. If you are receiving a dental crown, the doctor will use a dental adhesive to permanently bond the restoration in place. Dentures will snap on and off of the implants easily, and remain removable for easy cleaning. The doctor will check the fit of your crown or denture, making any necessary adjustments, and will look for proper occlusion. When the doctor feels everything is satisfactory, you can walk out into the world with your brand new smile.
Call Us for a Consultation
If you feel that you will benefit from a crown or dentures supported by dental implants, call our Docklands dental office today to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.