Dental implants are the best solution to replace missing teeth. The major advantages of implants are that they are fixed in position and do not require any additional work on surrounding teeth while providing a natural look and feel. Many of our patients in the Ipswich Region have opted for implants to replace their missing teeth. There are a few important questions to ask before considering dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are a replacement tooth root made of titanium that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. Their primary purpose is to bond with the jaw and provide a secure, long-term solution to restore your chewing ability, improve appearance and prevent bone loss.
How does it work?Modern dental implants work due to a process called Osseointegration. Osseointegration is an amazing process by which normal healthy bones form a direct interface with a dental implant ensuring an incredibly strong long-term connection giving the perfect platform for replacement teeth, dentures or another prosthesis.
Why do I need a Dental Implant?There are many reasons why you may need one or more dental implants, some common reasons for dental implant solutions are:
- Missing, infected, cracked or unsightly tooth
- Missing, infected, cracked or unsightly teeth
- Accidents involving teeth or facial structure
- Sporting injuries involving teeth or facial structure
- Permanent or temporary denture solutions
- Cosmetic improvement
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.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants over other solutions?
- The closest possible replacement to natural teeth.
- Ensure replacement teeth are stable for eating and smiling with confidence
- Eliminate the pain of ill-fitting partial and full dentures
- Help to maintain the shape of your face
- Remove the need to grind down healthy teeth for a bridge
- Help to preserve the bone in the jaw
- Improve appearance, comfort, speech and self-esteem
- Make it easier to eat
- Protect your remaining natural teeth
What happens during dental implant treatment?Treatment is quick depending on the number of teeth replaced, and patients report little to no discomfort with many patients returning to work and their normal daily activities the next day. Mild pain relief medication is all that is needed to ease any pain or discomfort. Implant treatment usually involves the following three basic steps:
- Placement of the Implant: We will carefully locate the ideal location for the implant and then surgically place the titanium fixture into the jawbone. You may have some swelling and tenderness after surgery. However, this is normal and will subside quickly. Once in place, your implant is left to bond with your jaw bone.
- Healing Process: This process takes 3-6 months and is called osseointegration. You can learn more about osseointegration here. Osseointegration results in an incredibly strong implant and complete integration with the jawbone. Once complete, the patient can then get the permanent replacement tooth or teeth. In many cases, the implant and temporary replacement teeth can be placed in one visit.
- Placement of the Replacement Tooth or Teeth: After the healing process is complete, the implant will be checked for strength and stability. For a single tooth implant, we provide a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. It is designed to look just like your natural teeth. Implant-supported bridges and dentures are also custom-made to look like natural teeth and to fit your mouth. The replacement teeth are attached to the implant posts.