Having a tooth extracted, knocked out or even fall out can present you with numerous challenges. Imagine being unable to bite into a crunchy apple like you used to, or sinking your teeth into a juicy steak. Things you might otherwise take for granted, like smiling or talking in public may become difficult; the potential for embarrassment and self-consciousness might weigh on your mind more if you have a gap, or gaps, where teeth used to be. As an alternative to natural teeth, a dental implant can help you maintain your comfort, your confidence and your quality of life. When you need someone to install a dental implant in Melbourne, turn to the experienced team at My Smile Dental for trusted service and advice.
A dental implant consists of a titanium screw which the dentist secures into the jaw bone. It effectively melds with the jaw line to become a secure replacement the root of the lost natural tooth. A crown is then fastened to the implant once it has bonded with the bone, which can take anywhere between 3 and 6 months depending on the level of healing. The end result should be replacement teeth that appear, work and feel just like your real teeth.
The implant is now a routine treatment option for a multitude of dental problems ranging from the replacement of a single tooth, to full oral rehabilitation, or simply for reliable denture retention.
There is a wealth of benefits to having an implant installed. These include:
Dental implants are generally made of titanium with a special surface coating to allow it to integrate with the jaw bone. In principle, it’s very similar to a joint replacement.
If there’s sufficient bone, the procedure can take half to one hour to place the implant. Then there’s a waiting period of about 2-4 months to make sure there’s integration of implant to bone, then a short 30-minute visit where the implant is exposed. A model is taken of the site and then a crown is fitted over the implant, this takes 2 visits of about 30-40 minutes each.
No, when the surgery is done, you are given local anaesthetic, and afterwards may require to take paracetamol on the day. After the initial appointment, patients usually report that they have not needed any painkillers.