Dental and Tooth Implant in Melbourne
When you experience tooth loss due to diseases, trauma or decay, the root of your original tooth will also become infected and bone resorption can occur, leaving you with a gap between your remaining teeth. Dental implants basically function as an artificial tooth root that replaces the original root. And once a tooth implant has been surgically placed into your jawbone, it will provide maximum support for crowns or bridges.
What is involved in a dental or tooth implant treatment?
There are 3 main parts that make up a tooth implant.
The tooth implant itself is usually made out of titanium or titanium alloy to make it extremely sturdy biocompatible and long-lasting. It is surgically inserted into the jawbone where the void exists.
The second part placed above the first tooth implant is called an abutment. It can be made out of titanium, gold or even porcelain. A screw is used to attach the tooth implant and abutment together, and connects the implant to the crown.
In this case, restoration literally means the act of restoring your ‘tooth’ (crown) into your ‘artificial root’ (the tooth implant and abutment). A crown is made out of porcelain fused to metal alloy (PFM), or it could also be manufactured to be fully porcelain or completely metal. It will then be either screwed or cemented onto the abutment.
Steps and Procedures for Tooth implant in Melbourne
- Before getting ahead with the dental implant treatment, you will first receive a consultation from our tooth implant specialists who will run a couple of in-depth exams to see get a better picture of your jawbone and structures including nerves and sinuses. Then an appropriate course of action will be determined so that you can get the best results for your tooth implant treatment.
- The first surgery will then be conducted to place the dental implant(s) into your jawbone. Then, your oral or dental surgeon will usually wait for 2-4 months before proceeding with the next procedure.
- X-rays will be done by your oral surgeon to ensure that the implants have fused with the bones. Then, an abutment (collar) will be placed on the tooth implant for approximately 7 -14 days to allow your gums to further heal correctly.
- Then, the stitches and abutment removed so that you can make a final tooth/teeth impression(s) that will be used to make your crown (tooth).
- After that, an abutment will once again be placed on the implant and a temporary crown (tooth) will be placed on it. Depending on your situation, the temporary tooth might be directly on the implant and the abutment is placed later.
- The temporary crown (not always necessary) is softer than the eventual crown (tooth) that you will be getting, to give your gums some time to heal around it. This takes approximately 1-2 weeks.
- Finally, your permanent crown will be ready to be fixed onto your tooth implant and you will have a new set of shiny, pearly teeth. Let the world see you smile!
Please remember that this is only a general guideline on how the tooth implant procedure works and every case is different with different timelines. To get more detailed and personalised advice, please contact us to book an appointment or Visit our dental implant surgeon at our Melbourne clinic.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before Proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriate qualified health practitioner.
Significance of Opting for Dental Implants
People who have lost two or all of their teeth may find that wearing unsecured dentures can be painful, inconvenient and awkward. Wearing dentures makes it difficult for you to chew foods or pronounce words. When you opt for dental implants, it dramatically improves the quality of your life and ensures that your smile lasts for a lifetime. If you aren’t replacing your missed teeth with dental implants in Melbourne, it may result in dental problems like other teeth getting crowded, tipped or lost. That’s why our professionals at Dental Implant Melbourne have come up with the numerous good reasons to replace your missed teeth with good quality implants.
Why Cracked or Missing Tooth is a Danger?
Missing teeth is caused by unexpected fall or trauma and the impact can make you look older than you actually are. Bone loss is the major threat caused by unattended missing tooth which also puts you at risk of losing more teeth that greatly affects your appearance. Large cracks in teeth due to trauma leaks harmful bacteria and acids that cause severe mouth infection. These dangerous bacteria leaked into your bloodstream leads to severe health problems like,
- Increasing the chance of heart attack by 75%
- Maximising the chance of pancreatic cancer and stroke by 63% and 50% respectively
- Minor cause for diabetes and respiratory diseases
- Sinus problems
- Gets you to the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease
Don’t sweat it! Dental implants have got you covered!
Tooth implants in Melbourne have been used for over five decades and have become a standard dental treatment to replace missing teeth. Let’s take a brief look at the importance of getting dental implants.
Improve the Overall Appearance
Dental implant preserves the bone which prevents deterioration of your facial structure. This improves your look and makes you feel better. It completely eliminates the sagging or sunken appearance of your face and allows you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
Protects Jaw Bone
Loss or deterioration of your jaw bone occurs when you leave the empty space unattended after losing one or more teeth. Gradually, the jaw bone loses its strength and firmness leading to further tooth loss. Getting dental implants stimulates bone growth and protects your natural jaw bone.
Eliminates Bacterial Growth
Dental implants fill the gap left by the missing tooth and avoid bacterial accumulation that could lead to infection and gum disease.
Supports the Adjacent Teeth
Unlike tooth-supported bridges, implants will not damage the sides of the adjacent teeth in an effort to restore the missing teeth. In case of the dental implants, the implants go straight in the spot where your missing tooth root was, without impacting the adjacent healthy teeth.
In addition to these benefits, implants are long-lasting, enable you to experience the full taste of the food you eat, give full chewing power to the natural teeth and more.
At Dental Implant Melbourne, the missing teeth issue is treated with the new, advanced, beautiful implant-supported restoration techniques. To schedule an appointment, call us at 1300 320 881 now!!!
How do I know dental implants are best for me?
If you have lost or missing teeth, then dental implants in Melbourne are the ideal option to provide you a more natural looking smile. The best way to identify whether you are suitable for dental implant procedures in Melbourne is to schedule an appointment with a dental implant expert. You must discuss the pre-existing dental conditions and health risks to your practitioners to come up with the right solution. The success rate of dental implants is possibly high if you are not a regular smoker, alcoholic or diabetic.
Who performs the dental implant procedure in Melbourne?
A dental implant expert with the sufficient training and skill sets can perform your dental implant procedure in Melbourne. They should have years of experience accurately to assess your situation and custom design a personalized treatment plan that is solely dedicated for you. The dentist restoring the case should co-ordinate the treatment plan in a very effective manner and should consult the treatment options with the patient prior to the placement.
Between the different steps of the implant procedure, will I be left without teeth?
Dentures or partials can be worn over the implants during the initial healing period. Before the removal of the existing teeth, temporary teeth can be made in cases where tooth removal and implant replacement is required. These temporary teeth can be placed till your dental implants integrate with your natural bone.
Is there any treatment options available for failed dental implants?
Although dental implants have a very high success rate of 97% and above, implant complications and failures do occur in some cases. Some complications are relatively minor and can be corrected easily by a simple fix. There are two basic types of implant failure.
- Early implant failure
- Late implant failure
Early Implant Failure
Early implant failure is caused due to the interference in the healing process after implant placement. During the healing period, these implants will show progressive bone loss on radiographs. Mechanical debridement (plastic curettes), chemical detoxification with supersaturated solution of citric acid, antibiotics and guided bone regeneration therapy can be used to resolve this issue.
Late Implant Failure
Late implant failures result due to traumatic occlusion or occlusal overload. These are common in patients with bruxism or in patients where implant bridgework replaces quadrants or full arches of missing teeth. Consult with your dentist regarding the issue to come to the right conclusion.
I have full dentures. Will dental implants help me?
Obviously yes! Tooth implants in Melbourne are the most popular choices among people who wear full dentures. These implants provide retention and support for a removable implant over denture, and are fixed in place. Hence, implants eliminate the requirement for denture adhesives.