WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Permanent solution for tooth loss
Dental implants provide a very natural feeling and functioning tooth replacement. The implant itself serves as a replacement for the root of the tooth. Implants are generally made of titanium which is a very durable and biocompatible material. A porcelain crown is used to replace the tooth above the gum. These restorations are very strong, feel natural, and have an excellent long term prognosis. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, or multiple teeth, or to stabilise dentures.
Implant placement is a surgical procedure. We believe this is best carried out by a specialist in the field. I have a long standing relationship with periodontist Dr. John Carigy at Foundation Dental. He has placed thousands of implants over the past 20 years. With years of specialist training and a wealth of knowledge and experience, we achieve excellent results.
Firstly, both the dentist and the periodontist will need to make an assessment of your mouth. This will involve examinations, moulds and x-rays. The dentist looks at the mouth as a whole and plans for the crown which will be placed on top of the implant. The periodontist checks general gum health and bone levels to determine what will be involved in placing an implant in the given space.
The implant is placed under local anaesthetic in the dental chair. It is a procedure that takes under two hours. There is usually little post-operative pain. The implant screw, which is placed in the bone, is then allowed to heal/integrate for a period of three months. In this time you may choose to have a temporary denture. People usually don’t bother if the tooth is at the back and you can’t see it.
The implant is checked by the periodontist to ensure that it has locked into the bone as expected. The go-ahead is then given to the dentist to create a crown for the implant. An impression of the implant will be taken at Noosa Family Dental. Then a week or so later the crown will be ready to place on the implant.