What to expect when you have dental implants

Getting dental implants in Melbourne is quite a process, and one that can seem daunting at the start. Breaking it down into manageable steps can be useful and so at High Dental Implants Melbourne, we make a point of talking you through each stage of the process.

Tooth loss

Each journey to receiving dental implants in Melbourne starts with tooth loss or extraction. Whether it’s through decay, gum disease, an accident or teeth just plain wearing out, losing teeth can be distressing. However, if you want dental implants, it’s important to get on with it as soon as you can because as soon as you no longer have tooth roots in place, the area of bone in the gap will start to resorb, shrinking in size and losing density. Good strong, dense bone is vital for firm anchoring of your dental implants.

The consultation

Get yourself booked in for a consultation for dental implants in Melbourne. Our dentists will assess your jawbone and if it is in good condition, we can get on with making you an appointment for surgery. If not, you may need some preparatory treatment, such as a bone graft or sinus lift. We will also make sure you are clear of gum disease before inserting dental implants. Porcelain crowns are not subject to dental decay, but gum disease can loosen them and make them fail. We also use x-rays and scans to plan where to place the implants, avoiding blood vessels and nerves.

The surgery

There are far fewer nerve endings in the jawbone, so a local anaesthetic is plenty to numb the area. It won’t calm your nerves though and so our implant dentist also offers sedation to help you relax through the procedure. Inserting a tooth implant requires cutting through the gum and making a channel in the jawbone in which to insert the dental implants.

Healing

It takes 2-4 months for the biocompatible dental implants to integrate with the jawbone.

Putting on the crowns

These are fixed via attaching sections called abutments. You can have up to three handmade porcelain crowns on a bridge on one implant.