How do we fit dental implants? A patient’s guide to oral implant fitting
Fed up with having missing teeth but don’t know how to resolve it? Are you irritated at how often your dentures move or is your fitted bridge causing cracks on surrounding teeth?
When you come to High Dental Implants in Melbourne to close the gap, our team can offer you oral implants. Hardy, long-lasting and as natural-looking as real teeth, these versatile prosthetics have helped thousands of people around the world to restore their confidence and bite and now, they can help you too!
But what is involved in the process? Here, we have created a brief patients guide about the fitting of dental implants in Melbourne.
What are oral implants?
In short, dental implants in Melbourne resemble a thin, titanium screw that is fitted to your jaw. Fusing over a period of 3-6 months, once they have become secure, our team will place the false tooth or teeth on top of the implant.
Securely in place, the implant will allow you to bite food with precision and chew thoroughly, while also concealing the gap left from the missing tooth.
The initial consultation
So, what does the initial meeting with our team involve?
We will take a detailed medical history and will conduct a thorough assessment of your mouth and jaw, using a regular check-up and X-Rays. We will be looking to make sure that you have good oral health and that you have a sufficient amount of jaw bone to support the fitting of implants.
If we decide you are suited for oral implants, we will answer any questions you have and explain the following steps to you.
Firstly, we will make sure that your mouth is numbed before we begin the fitting.
Some incisions will be made into your gums at pre-chosen locations and, using a small drill, we will create a hole for each implant. We will then gently screw each implant into the hole and will secure it in place by sewing up your gum with stitches.
If you need to have multiple implants fitted, we may spread the fitting out over a few weeks but you can expect each session to take between 1-2 hours.
Once all the implants have been placed, we will need to wait for them to fuse with the bone.
Depending on your age and general health, this can take between 3-6 months. Once fused, we will call you in for another appointment where we fit the crown (false tooth), the bridge or the dentures to the implant(s).
This will be a bit fiddly but once they are placed, the gaps in your smile will be filled and you will have a striking set of natural-looking teeth!
There really is nothing to the aftercare of oral implants. To maintain them, you will need to attend biannual check-ups with our team and refrain from smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
Brush twice daily at home and your implants may last for the rest of your life.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.