Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Although a missing tooth can affect your confidence, its effects can go beyond aesthetics. A tooth extraction gap could damage surrounding teeth, ultimately causing misalignment that could affect your speech. Fortunately, with dental implants, patients with a missing tooth now have an effective solution to have a tooth replaced.

Tooth With Implant

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are surgical fixtures made to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They are a dental treatment used to replace a damaged or missing tooth, offering you a more permanent solution for missing teeth.

How Are Implants Placed?

For dental implant surgery, we start by giving you local anaesthesia to numb the area. We can also administer sedation to help you deal with any potential fear or anxiety. We will then screw the titanium implant into a small hole that we drill into your jawbone. If the wear and tear in this area are excessive, we place bone grafts on your jawbone.

We then place a protective cover on top of the screw, leaving it for three to six months to allow your jawbone to integrate with the implant. We will fit you with a temporary crown for that period. Once the implant and bone have merged, we remove the protective cover and cement or screw a crown or bridge over the implant.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Here are some of the benefits the dental implant procedure offers patients:

  • They look and feel like natural teeth and improve your smile, appearance, and confidence.
  • Dental implants can improve your oral health and make chewing and eating easier.
  • With proper care, they have high success rates and can last for many years.
  • Patients no longer have to deal with dentures.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

 

If you are missing a single tooth or more, and are looking for a more natural, permanent solution, dental implant treatments might be the way to go. Please schedule an appointment online or by dialling 04 566 1122 today.