Dental implants are one of the most exciting innovations in dental technology over the past two decades.
A dental implant artificially replaces a tooth, including the tooth root. It consists of a tiny titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone during a short surgical procedure. Once inserted, the implant integrates with your jawbone as new bone forms on and around the screw. After 3 to 6 months, the implant is firmly fused with your jawbone, providing a solid foundation for your new implant tooth.
Dental implant treatment is extremely versatile and can replace just a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Single missing teeth are restored with an implant crown. Multiple missing teeth that were next to each other are restored with an implant-supported bridge. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, they can be replaced with an implant-supported bridge that is permanently fixed in position. An implant-supported crown or bridge is strong and durable, restoring your biting force so a greater range of foods may be enjoyed.
Another solution is an implant-supported denture that clips into place. The denture is removable for easy cleaning and maintenance. An implant- supported denture usually requires fewer dental implants than needed for a full-arch bridge, while providing excellent functionality and restoring aesthetics.
Most people are suitable for dental implant treatment provided you are over age 18, and your jaws and teeth have finished growing and developing. Being a little older isn’t a barrier for treatment, and dental implants are frequently extremely useful for older adults who may be struggling with loose and uncomfortable dentures. However, it is important to have reasonable dental health and general health. Uncontrolled diabetes or conditions affecting your immune system may affect dental implant healing. If you smoke, we strongly suggest quitting to improve the success of your implant treatment.
Every patient interested in dental implants is carefully assessed for suitability, as we want to ensure we always recommend the most appropriate solution. It is essential to ensure we have your complete medical history, and we can discuss all possible options with you. We will also provide you with all the information required to maintain healthy implants. They are very easy to care for, but regular checkups and excellent daily oral hygiene is essential.
Warning: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.
Lethbridge Dental Clinic is located at 110 Lethbridge St Penrith, NSW 2750.
For more information call us at (02) 4722 6299.