It can be all very daunting not knowing what to expect when getting dental implants. That is why we have decided to create an article to outline some basic steps to gain a depth of understanding of the treatment procedure.
Dental Implants are the gold standard recommended by dentist for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants mimic and function in the same manner as your natural teeth would, as well as supporting the integrity of the jawbone. The difference is barely noticeable between dental implants from your own teeth, and they are designed to last a lifetime if taken good care of.
It all begins with a simple consultation at The Smile Designer Dental Studio. At this consultation, it is an opportunity for you to get to know your dentist as well as your dentist to get to know you. At this appointment, we will discuss your treatment options, goals, your oral health, price guidelines and payment options. From here a second appointment is made and at this appointment, your dentist will examine teeth, gums, and bone levels to determine whether you have an adequate amount of jawbone to support a dental implant. At The Smile Designer, we have the latest in 3D technology to help us determine what is the best type of implant for you. This gives us better accuracy and has revolutionised the way implants are inserted. Not only does this 3D x rays help us envision the accuracy of placement of an implant, but it also allows us to ensure implant success. Studies have shown that the long-term success of a dental implant is about 90%, although the crown that is attached to the implant might need reviewing for replacements over its lifetime.
Communication between the patient and dentist is vital, therefore once we have formulated a treatment plan with all possible options, and you are comfortable with commencing the treatment before proceeding with any treatment, signed consent is required as a mutual agreement from both patient and dentist. .
The timeline of a dental implant can vary from patient to patient. As each patient is unique so is their oral health. Some may require extractions, bone grafting as well as sinus lifts. Bone grafting and sinus lifts are done on some patients as the integrity of their bone is not enough to support a dental implant. Therefore, bone grafting will help strengthen the amount of bone present in both the upper and lower jaw. Bone loss can happen when a tooth has been lost there has been no stimulus to maintain that bone, therefore it starts to degenerate. For patients that have had missing teeth for many years as well as those patients with longstanding periodontal gum disease are highly likely to need a bone graft to ensure dental implant success. It is vital to have adequate bone present as the bone is what acts at the anchor to hold the prosthesis in place. Therefore, sometimes it can take up to several months before placing a dental implant depending on the extent of bone grafting.
The timeline for dental implant explained through the following steps below:
The area of the jawbone where teeth or tooth has been lost is covered by a layer of intact oral soft tissue.
An incision is made in the soft tissue, and this is pulled back to expose the underlying bone and the socket. The socket is prepared for drilling in the area where the dental implant will be inserted.
Dental Implant is inserted in the prepared socket and the retracted soft tissue is sutured back to its original position. At this point, the implant site needs 4-6 months of healing. In this duration of healing, this is where the implant surface and the surrounding bone fuse together, a process known as “osseointegration.”
Once the healing period is over, the soft tissue that is covering the dental implant is incised again. This will now expose the top of the integrated implant. At this point an abutment is placed on top of the implant and remains above the soft tissue, this abutment acts as an extension from the titanium screw-like implant. From here the soft tissue will need 2-4 weeks to heal.
Lastly, the dental crown (prosthesis) is made. The Dentist will take some moulds of teeth to determine the appropriate colour and size to match your existing teeth. The crown is then connected to the implant structure either by simply screwing it on or through cementation.
Dental implants are an investment not only in your oral health but as well as your overall wellbeing. It allows to give back functionality such as chewing, biting, and enjoying the foods you love. Dental Implants may seem like they are an expensive option, but the benefits outweigh the long-term effects on your well-being both physically, emotionally, and mentally. At the Smile Designer Dental Studio, we want to ensure our patients are living a fulfilled life and smile with confidence and enjoy the foods they love; therefore, we don’t want finance getting in the way of your wellbeing and offer flexible payment options. To find out more about Dental Implants book in for a dental implant consultation or give our friendly staff a call on 9098 7574