Dental implants have revolutionised the way in which dentists are treating patients with tooth loss or extensive damage to their teeth. This tooth replacement therapy has been routinely successful not just as an appropriate treatment option but also for its cosmetic enhancements and long-term functional benefits. That said, there are many potential candidates for dental implant treatment who may either still be unfamiliar with what the restorative treatment involves or remain apprehensive about its surgical requirement.
The Success Rate Of Dental Implant Treatments
First of all, it is important to establish the fact that dental implant treatments enjoy a high success rate of 90-98%, according to the Australian Dental Association. This overwhelmingly positive figure supports dental implants as a safe and reliable treatment. Of course, as more implant innovations enter the dental market promising newer and better ways of treatment delivery and more predictable outcomes, this would further boost the already impressive success rate. This should also assuage any fears associated with going for an implant surgery.
Before you are even recommended for dental implant surgery, you would need to go for an oral examination whereby the dentists would assess your jaws and bones. The dentist needs to make sure that you possess the necessary jaw quality and bone mass to accommodate the dental implants. If you are found suitable, a detailed treatment plan will be prepared containing important surgical details like estimated treatment and recovery times.
The Dental Implant Procedure Explained
The implant procedure essentially involves a two-stage process: Insertion of titanium post and crown fitting.
First, the titanium post will be inserted deep into the gumline at the precise location where your missing tooth used to be. The “root-like” post serves as the base upon which the implant replacement is to be fitted. After the insertion of the post, the jawbone will be left undisturbed for about 3-6 months, during which time the titanium implant will completely bond with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. Once the titanium implant has fused with the jawbone as one solid structure, it will provide the firm base for attaching the new artificial tooth or teeth. At this time, an impression of the existing teeth will be taken and used to forge a model. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed to cover the exposed implant/s. The healing process generally takes between 6-12 weeks.
Meanwhile, the impression model will enable the prosthetic team, usually a dental lab, to create the customised crown or replacement teeth. The size, shape and colour of the artificial teeth can be highly customised and conform to the patient’s exact requirements.
Once the tooth-like prosthetic teeth have been fabricated, the dentist will place them into position, albeit with tiny adjustments, to fit perfectly and blend in with the rest of your teeth. This will not only restore a beautiful set of teeth to the patient, more importantly, the new teeth will feel and look like natural teeth.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, you would be happy to know that dental implants can improve your oral health and the appearance of your smile with a high degree of success and predictability. Call Quality Dental on (02) 9922 1159.