What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an artificial tooth root fabricated from a very strong biocompatible material (made of titanium), which are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Through a process called “osseointergration” the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time, providing stability. This process takes between three to six months. Once the implant is integrated a smaller posts called abutments are screwed into the implant and then the crown or denture are securely attached to the abutment.
Dental implant looks and feel like natural teeth and with combination of good daily oral hygiene and professional monitoring implants success rate is high.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Since the implant is inserted in to the jaw the adjacent teeth are not affected, damaged or cut in any way.
- Most permanent solution to missing teeth
- Implants behave exactly like the roots of our own teeth serving to stimulate the bone and preserving it for all time.
- Implants stabilise loose dentures. Patients who have had dentures for a long time, usually complain that they are loose and cannot bite onto hard and crunchy food. Dental implants restore the amount of biting pressure that can be withstood to nearly the same level of healthy natural teeth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The success rate for dental implants is the highest of any form of dentistry. Our body recognizes titanium in the same way as it does a tooth root, which means that the dental implants are permanently accepted by the body. Once this integration occurs, there are no complications if proper oral hygiene and professional dental care is taken.
Who Can Have Implants?
Regardless of the age, almost anybody who has lost one or more teeth can benefit from having a dental implant. There are techniques available even for patients who have lost substantial amounts of bone. However, there are certain cases such as alcoholism, uncontrolled diabetes or psychiatric disorders where patients may not be suitable for these procedures.
Is It Painful?
Most patients say that the procedure is much easier and better than expected. There may be some discomfort afterwards depending on the number of implants placed. This is controlled by pain relievers.
How Safe It Is?
At MVDC we take all the right records and steps to make this procedure safe and uneventful. We plan and prepare each case doing a digital 3D surgical guide and we do a 3D computer simulation surgery, what this means to you is that the process is predictable and precise.
The advantages of using a 3D surgical implant guide are
- No – incision surgery
- No stiches needed
- Minimum bleeding due to no incision
- Less pain
- No damage to surrounding teeth, nerve and vital structures
- Less time on average it takes 25 minutes from start to finish
Why replace missing Teeth?
When you have missing teeth your jaw bone shrinks due to lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth not only affects your smile but also can make you looked prematurely aged as your face collapses and shrinks.
When you have missing teeth puts extra pressure on existing teeth, this causes overload and overuse resulting on gradual deterioration and long-term problems.
At Morphett Vale Dental Care, we are excited to offer this advanced dental restoration to our patients. We ensure a meticulous approach to implant treatment. It is an important part of our commitment to help our patients to keep a healthy, great – looking smile.