Dental implants are an ideal way to replace missing teeth, whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. There are many different options involving implants which can be a great alternative for patients looking to avoid a denture or bridgework, and restorative dentistry can help you recreate your smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the bone to act as the natural roots of your teeth.
The dental implant is placed surgically into your jawbone and as your bone and gum tissues heal around your implant will integrate with your natural jawbone. The healing process can take weeks to months depending on your bone quality at the time of surgery. An implant fitted in the mouth is made up of three parts 1, the implant screw that is placed in the bone. 2, Once the implant has integrated an abutment is placed on top of the screw, 3, prosthetic tooth or teeth to the implant.
The surgery to place the implant is relatively quick and recovery is generally quick, and most patients return to their daily activities the next day, however, every situation is different and an individual’s response and recovery can vary greatly. If you were to require bone grafting, for example, you may require an additional step in your treatment plan and recovery may take a longer period of time until your final result is achieved.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are a long-term solution, however, it does not exclude them from failure either with the implant itself or the prosthetic replacement. Having a good oral hygiene routine is vital for preventing infection around your dental implants. Making sure to establish and maintain a regular oral health routine of brushing and flossing your teeth and implants every day and regular six monthly visits to your dentist.
If you're curious to learn if dental implants are right for your smile, reach out and contact our Sunshine Coast team!