What is involved in having a dental implant?
There are three steps involved in implant treatment:
1. First, the implant screw is placed surgically along with any bone graft required.
2. After a suitable healing time, that varies from person to person, a simple second stage procedure is complete to expose the buried implant.
3. Finally, the artificial tooth is made and screwed or cemented to the implant.
How long do implants last?
If they are cared for properly, the implant screw in your bone will last for a very long time, perhaps your entire life. The teeth screwed to the implants are subject to normal wear and tear and will need periodic maintenance.
Do dental implants look and feel like teeth?
Good implants do, poorly placed implants do not. The skill of the surgeon and prosthodontist enable results that are just like teeth. You may have seen people with implants that do not look good and are worried this will happen to you. With careful planning and use of bone and gum grafting, we can avoid or minimise most of these problems.
How long does the procedure take?
Each person is different. At the very least, the whole process will take about 3 months. Naturally, these three months will not be all spent in the dental chair. After the implant itself has been placed and has fused to the bone, it must be left to heal for a period before the crown is fitted.
If grafting is done, sinus lifts or in softer bone they may take longer periods to heal.
Why should I replace missing back teeth?
Without back teeth, your front teeth often start to chip and wear. Also, teeth will drift into spaces. You will never have more bone for dental implants than you do today.
Will I be without teeth during the recovery period?
If you need temporary teeth, they are provided. For some back teeth, missing for a long time, you may not need temporary replacements. You will never walk out without teeth at any stage if that is your wish.
What is the recovery period?
This depends on the type of implant, grafting, the size of the graft and your own particular healing! A full assessment of this can be made at your consultation. All patients receive a prescription and comprehensive written post-operative instructions following a surgical procedure.
To book a complimentary consultation with Dental House’s Lead Implantologist, Dr Wilson Grigoli, contact us today on:
LoCall: 1890 22 33 44
Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
Essentially, dental implants are replacement tooth roots which provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth (crowns).
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease- or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.
Dr Wilson Grigolli, our lead implantologist has over 35 years of experience having placed over 27,000 dental implants. He completed training in Sweden under Per Ingvar Brånemark, the father of dental implantology.
If you are considering implants, talk us today to see if they are the right option for you.