Dental implants offer a long term solution for teeth loss, providing both natural looking and functional replacement teeth. More advanced than dentures and bridges, dental implants are made from titanium; a material chosen for its biocompatible properties that are fully compatible with human tissue. A dental implant acts as a replacement root and the small titanium screw is surgically placed into your jaw bone to create a permanent new root. Over several weeks or months, a h3 bond is formed between the implant and the bone, acting as an anchor for a replacement tooth that can take the form of a crown, bridge or denture that is placed over the implant. This procedure may be used to replace one or more teeth without adversely affecting neighboring teeth. Look no further; get your dental implants procedure right here in East Maitland.
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Dental implants are commonly used for adults and seldom for children. You will also need to have good general oral health, healthy gums and good bone structure. There should be adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant.
Our dentist will perform a thorough dental examination and take dental x-ray to determine if you are suitable for the procedure. If suitable, we will schedule you for a dental implant. You will be placed under local anesthesia for the procedure. After the procedure, there is a healing period of about 1-4 months for the bone to bond to the implant (osseointegration). The temporary replacement tooth can be used immediately. The dentist will make an impression of your tooth and fabricate a crown/bridge/denture that will be attached to the implant. Once this is completed, you will have natural looking and functional tooth.
From the initial dental consultation to the time the final tooth is fitted, the whole process will take about 4-6 months. Some factors will affect the length of the whole process, including, the speed of healing of the implant site, whether bone grafting is needed, and also whether the patient has other medical complications.
You should be able to resume daily activities on the same day.
The dental implant procedure is generally painless as you will be placed under local anesthesia, occasionally in combination with a mild general anesthetic. It is essential to take the prescribed medication after the procedure to ensure painless recovery.
Bite on the gauze over the surgical site for 1 hour. It is normal to taste blood even though the bleeding has stopped. Do not spit out, rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for 24 hours. Swallow your saliva instead. Rinsing your mouth and spitting out may dislodge the blood clot and bleeding may start again. The surgical site will remain numb for about 2 hours. Avoid hot/spicy/hard food and hot drinks until the sensation has recovered. Take the prescribed medication and keep your follow-up appointment to ensure speedy recovery.
Dental implants are permanent fixtures like your natural tooth and do not require any special maintenance. Simply maintain the implant through a regular oral hygiene routine including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups every 6 months. If the implant is supporting a removable denture, the denture and the implant should be cleaned separately. It is best to removable dentures before you sleep and leave the dentures in a glass of water. This allows breathing time for the gums.
Scientific studies have shown a 95% success rate for dental implants to last over 10 years.
When the tooth is lost, the jawbone gradually shrinks. This bone loss and gum shrinkage can be prevented by dental implant which is not possible with dentures. Patients with dentures still suffer from pain, discomfort and slippage while eating or speaking. Dental implant teeth are firmly anchored into the jawbone and feel like natural teeth. Ill-fitting dentures may also result in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises and makes eating less enjoyable and food tastes less tasty. Dental implant teeth enable patients to speak and eat with comfort and confidence.
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