Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
The dentist will first evaluate the suitability for a dental implant through a thorough dental and radiographic examination. Your questions and concerns will be addressed during this consultation appointment where our team will work closely with you to make your procedure a success
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures.
First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first 3 to 6 months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually integrating with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures or have a temporary crown. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has integrated with the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. The dentist can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes 3 to 6 months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
If you would like to find out more about our implants service, please call us on 03 9386 7981 and our friendly staff will be able to help.