A guide to dental implants from High Dental Implants – what you need to know
Let’s be honest; missing teeth are never fun.
They can create issues with confidence and of course, they impact on the functionality of your mouth. With fewer teeth, it is harder to bite and grind food correctly, forcing many people to eliminate their favourite foods from their diets.
Of course, the idea of replacing missing teeth is not a new one. Archaeological evidence has found proof of what could be classed as dentures in skeletons from ancient Egypt. But with modern technology and advanced dental techniques, surely there is a more stable way to replace missing teeth?
Luckily there is! At High Dental Implants Melbourne, we can offer suitable patients oral implants, allowing them to restore their smiles and the functionality of their teeth. Indeed, we can replace a single tooth, a row of teeth or an entire set of upper or lower teeth with a few strategically placed oral implants, meaning you won’t have to worry about wobbly dentures. Perfect!
But what exactly are oral implants and how do they work? Our team at High Dental Implants Melbourne has created the following introductory guide to the procedure which we hope will help.
What they are and what they do
An oral implant physically resembles a small titanium screw.
Placed into your jaw, the implant fuses with the jawbone and creates a stable point to which our team at High Dental Implants Melbourne can attach a false tooth or teeth to.
As mentioned earlier, depending on how many teeth are being replaced, we can fix up to 8 oral implants in your mouth to secure your new smile.
The fitting process
At the initial consultation, we will choose where we are going to place the implant.
The fitting of a regular oral implant involves a small incision being made into your gum once we have applied local numbing agents. Our team will gently drill a hole into a pre-chosen part of your jaw, and begin attaching the implant.
Depending on how many you are having fitted, this part may be spread over 2 sessions, but once the implant is firmly in place, we will sew the surrounding gum back together to start the healing process.
In total, you will need to wait for a period of 3-6 months before the prosthetic tooth or teeth can be attached.
This is to allow time for the implant to fuse with the bone. If it fails to fuse at this time, then our team may look into alternative options.
Oral implants require no special care; once the prosthetic tooth is attached, you will still need to brush your teeth and see our team twice a year for a check-up.
Be sure to avoid things that can cause gum disease, such as poor hygiene, smoking cigarettes or consuming excessive alcohol.
Depending on your requirement, there are 4 types of oral implants; the most commonly used is endosteal.
The next is subperiosteal (frame-based), then the zygomatic (upper jaw only) and then micro-implants.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.