Dental Implants provide an improved standard of care for tooth replacement.
They closely mimic the look and function of real teeth and are an attractive alternative to dentures and bridges. The implant bonds with healthy bone and provides permanent support for dental crowns and dentures.
Missing Teeth Replacement Options
There are 3 different options to replace missing teeth (Edentulous areas)
1. Dentures– A denture is a removable ‘plate’. It can be a cost-effective way to replace missing teeth, as an upper or a lower denture can be used to replace multiple spaces (edentulous areas). Another advantage is that it can be constructed before the extraction of the tooth and be inserted immediately after the tooth is extracted.
2. Bridges– Bridges can be useful where adjacent teeth require crowns. However, in most cases, implants are preferable.
3. Implants- Implants. Unlike, dentures and bridges where existing teeth are used as support, implants are stand-alone. Chewing load can be applied to dental implants.
Success rates are comparatively high.
Dental Implant Components
Structurally, there are 3 significant parts to a dental implant
1. Implant fixture– mimics the root section of a tooth and is generally made of a titanium alloy.
2. Abutment– connects the implant fixture to the crown of the implant
3. Implant Crown– is the visible section of the implant.
Dental Implant Treatment Procedure
In most implant cases, there are 3 treatment phases
1. Extraction of the tooth/root and socket preservation.
2. 3D X-Ray (CBCT) and implant fixture placement. This phase usually begins 3 months after extraction of tooth and socket preservation and usually takes 2 appointments and approximately takes 1 month. At Warners Bay Dental, most implants are placed with a Sicat surgical guide, which increases accuracy.
3. Preparation and insertion of the implant crown. This phase usually begins 3 months after the implant fixture is placed and usually involves 3 appointments, which is spread out over 6 weeks.
So in most cases, treatment duration for dental implants is 8 months. Most of this time is waiting for the healing process i.e. healing of the bone, implant fixture/bone interface and gum healing.
If you require further information regarding implants or are curious as to whether they may be a viable option for your circumstances. We recommend a consultation with a dentist. Please contact the surgery, and one of our friendly receptionists will endeavour to make you an appointment.