Dental Implants FAQs
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a replacement tooth "root" that is made out of titanium. It is shaped like a screw and is inserted into the bone of the jaw to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or denture. This titanium screw is able to fuse with the jaw, providing a secure, long-term solution to restore your tooth and improve your chewing ability, smile aesthetics, as well as prevent bone loss.
The picture above shows a typical single implant solution, however any form of attachments can be placed onto the titanium screw (Dental Implant). There are many different abutments, some which help give dentures a locking mechanism, some which accept metal bars and other structures allowing replacement of multiple teeth.
What can implants do for me?
Whether you are missing a single tooth, all your teeth, or just requiring some additional retention for your dentures, dental implants can help achieve that. Remember, what abutment, which is placed into the implants can be changed to suit their purpose, its not always a dental crown which goes on top of your dental implants.
Below is a video from Dentsply, showing you a case from a patient restored with their state-of-the-art Astra Tech EV implant system.
How does it work?
Modern dental implants are able to fuse to the jaw through a process called osseointegration. This is when your jawbone fuses directly to the implant without soft tissue or scar tissue in-between, ensuring an strong connection that can potentially last forever under the right maintenance and care. This is possible because of titanium's properties, as it is the most bio-compatible metal and is used in many other implants such as knee and hip replacements. The osseointegration of the implant gives the stability needed for any replacement crown, bridge or denture.
At Balmoral Dental Centre, we have chosen to use a premium dental implant system such as Astra pre-dominantly due to its amazing osseointegration properties. It's surface and manufacturing has decades of experience behind it.
Dental implants have come a long way, and Astra's technologies in their surface preparation and implant design is detailed in the video below, some pretty amazing and interesting stuff, who knew such a small screw has so much technology and innovations behind it! Quality does matter, and in this case the research and evidence back it up.
At Balmoral Dental Centre, we use the latest Astra Tech EV 2.0 implants for our patients!
What Are the steps?
The area is numbed with local anaesthetic and minor surgery is performed to gradually drill away bone until a sufficient sized gap is created, the implant is then placed into the bone with minimal force.
After 3-4 months of healing (sometimes more, pending decision made by the surgeon), the implant is ready to be restored.
The gums are opened and an impression coping is inserted, and a specific record of the mouth is taken, which includes information on the depth of the implant and its angulation.
Using this information the correct abutment, as well as the prosthesis, in this case a crown is then fabricated custom to the mouth.
The crown and abutment are then placed and the new tooth is ready for action!
Below is a video describing a normal implant procedure from start to finish
(Warning - surgical procedures animated)
Why choose dental implants over other solutions?
In most cases, dental implants have the highest rate of success and the longest lifespan amongst various options. The technology has also improved dramatically in the last few years and our team at Balmoral Dental Centre has a wealth of experience with amazing success rates.
Planning and pre-preparation is key, we control every step of the procedure from the removal of the tooth, the bone grafting, to the actual surgery.
We also invest in the very best dental materials such as Astra Tech implants from Dentsply, and Geistlich graft materials for bone and gum grafts.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants over other solutions?
For missing teeth, dental implants offer benefits that other tooth replacement options, like dentures or bridges, can't offer. Here are the top benefits of this innovative option:
Normally when you bite down on your teeth, they exert forces which are transferred into the jawbone. This keeps the jawbone nice and firm to support the weight and forces the teeth have to bare. After a tooth is lost, the jawbone is no longer needed to support the tooth so the body eventually starts to resorb away the bone, causing bone loss and gum recession. Not only does it makes it more difficult to support an implant, prostheses such as dentures would not sit as securely due to there being less retention, and a crown and bridge would not be as aesthetic due to the gum recession now creating a gap. Getting an implant prevents bone loss because when you bite down on an implant supported tooth, you exert the same kind of force onto the jawbone, whereas when you bite down on a bridge or denture, they are just resting on top of your gum and not supported in the jawbone.
Because implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, they allow you to bite down with just as much force as you could use with your natural teeth. Other tooth replacement options such as a denture, don't restore as much of the bite force as they are just sitting on top of the gum and not anchored in place.
Restores Biting Sensation
A lot of the time with dentures, patients report that when they bite down, they feel like they're not biting on anything because there is no feedback. With implants, due to the implant being anchored down into the jawbone, there is physical feedback when biting down and many patients find that to be very satisfying compared to a denture.
A Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Other tooth replacement options will need to be repaired or replaced periodically, but dental implants are designed to last for the rest of your life, especially with good maintenance, monitoring and home-care.
Why do I need a Dental Implant?
There are many reasons why you may need implants. Some common reasons for dental implant solutions are:
- Missing, infected, cracked or unsightly teeth
- Accidents or sporting injuries involving teeth
- Permanent or temporary denture solutions
- Cosmetic improvement
No matter what your reasons are for looking at Dental Implant solutions it’s important you seek professional advice. A professional dentist will be able to offer you expert advice and options that you may not be aware of.
This is why we give you a no obligation free consultation. Our free consultation will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. Even if you don’t decide to go ahead with your treatment you’ll have gained valuable insight into your options.
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