How do Dental Implants work?
First developed over 60 years ago, dental implants have gone from an expensive treatment to everyday dentistry, easily accessible to patients who are missing teeth. Getting dental implants is a multistage process:
- The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. Your qualified dentist will start by inserting a cylindrical or tapered post of biocompatible titanium similar to a screw hole directly into your jawbone. This post is what will hold your new tooth in place.
- Osseointegration. Over the weeks or months, your implant will fuse with your natural jawbone, ensuring a strong and long-lasting foundation for your new tooth.
- The connector is placed. Once the implant is bonded with your jawbone, a small connecter (the abutment) is inserted into the implant like a screw. Your new tooth will be attached to this connector.
- Your replacement tooth is placed. Finally, a tooth (or series of teeth) will be connected to the abutment. Each artificial tooth is made of porcelain or ceramics and is tailor-made to match the shape and size of your mouth.
Following a successful surgery, it’s recommended you see a dental expert regularly to keep on top of potential complications.
If you’re missing a tooth, visit our Armadale dental clinic to determine whether a dental implant surgery is the right course of action for you.
Is the process painful?
Not at all!
Dental Care Group takes every possible measure to ensure your dental implant procedure is pain-free and without complications. We use local anaesthetics to minimise discomfort during the procedure.
Some patients report mild soreness in the immediate aftermath of their surgery. This can be easily relieved with over-the-counter pain medication.
How long will my implants last?
Unlike other tooth replacement procedures such as dentures, your dental implants only need the same level of care as your natural teeth – that means brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and regular check-ups with your dentist.
With a proper dental hygiene routine, your dental implants can last your entire lifetime without replacement or damage.
Is every dental implant successful?
While it’s difficult to guarantee that every dental implant surgery will be complication-free, success rates for implants can be close to 100% given optimal conditions.
Some factors which can lower the success rate include:
- The strength of your jawbone
- Health conditions and habits such as smoking & diabetes
- Where the replacement tooth is being placed
Generally speaking however, dental implants have a high success rate.