Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants provide a great way to restore your smile if you have lost one or more teeth. Surgically implanted into the jawbone, they act as artificial teeth roots and support artificial teeth, such as dental crowns, dentures, and dental bridges.
Dental implants are usually made of titanium, a biocompatible material well-tolerated by the body. Titanium is also strong and durable, so it can provide long-term support for your artificial teeth. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, so you can chew and speak with confidence, and your smile will look natural and beautiful. Additionally, they can improve your oral health by promoting bone regeneration.
Hills Family Dental Centre offers dental implant procedures in Kalamunda. The friendly team of experienced and qualified dental health professionals at our practice use the latest dental treatment techniques to provide excellent service and high-quality dental care. We invite you to contact us to schedule an implant consultation appointment so we can answer any of your questions and help you decide if implants are right for you.
What to Expect During A
Dental Implant Procedures
Dental implants are a popular choice for those looking to replace missing teeth. It usually takes 3 to 9 months to complete the entire process. Here is a look at what you can expect during each step of the procedure:
The first step is a consultation with your dentist. During the implant consultation, your dentist will assess your mouth and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, they will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. In some cases, other dental treatments may be necessary before implant placement. For example, if you have insufficient bone volume, you may need bone grafting; if you have gum disease, you will first have to undergo periodontal treatment.
If you are a good candidate for dental implants, the implant placement process can begin. It is a surgical procedure in which metal posts are placed into your jawbone to support the replacement tooth (or teeth) that will be placed later. This is done through a small incision in the gums, and local anesthesia is used to minimize discomfort.
Once the implants have been placed, they need to fuse with the bone. This process is called osseointegration. Depending on your case, this process may take several months.
After osseointegration is complete, it's time for abutment placement. The abutment is a small connector piece that helps secure the prosthetic tooth (or teeth). The abutments will be placed on top of the implants during this procedure.
Finally, the artificial teeth placement procedure will be performed. It involves attaching false teeth to the abutments. The false teeth can be dental crowns, dentures, or dental bridges. You and your dentist will decide which kind of artificial teeth is most appropriate for your needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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A dental implant procedure is not painful because it is usually performed with either general or local anesthesia to numb the mouth completely. However, you may experience mild pain and discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. It is normal and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. In most cases, the pain and discomfort will subside within a few days.
In addition, Hills Family Dental Centre offers sedation options as part of our dental services to help make our patients as comfortable as possible during their dental implant surgery.
According to a 2017 study, dental implants have a reported success rate of 90% to 95%. However, as with any oral surgery, there are some risks involved. Overall, dental implants are a safe way to replace missing teeth, but it’s important to be aware of the potential risks before undergoing the treatment.
- Infections can occur during or after the dental surgery on implant sites. You are more likely to get an infection if you smoke, have an autoimmune disease, or have poor oral hygiene.
- Insufficient bone structure can cause implants to fail even after a surgical procedure is completed. A jaw implant cannot fuse with the bone if it does not have adequate support.
- Too close placement of a dental implant can damage a nerve. Numbness and tingling may occur in the face, lips, tongue, and gums due to nerve damage.
- Sinus problems may also occur, especially if the implants are placed in the upper jaw. Implants placed between the jaw and sinus cavity may protrude into the sinus cavity.
- The titanium alloy in dental implants may cause a reaction if you are allergic to titanium. You may feel tingly, experience swelling, and lose your taste.
- A patient’s body can reject an implant in rare cases. Some symptoms of rejection include pain, swelling, fever, and chills.
- Dental implant surgery is a major dentistry procedure that requires some recovery time. For the first 24 hours after surgery, it is recommended that patients do not drive or operate machinery. This is to allow your body time to adjust and to avoid any accidents. If you were under sedation, it would take some time for you to regain alertness and coordination. Anesthesia may also cause some blurred vision.
- These effects will eventually subside, but we advise all patients to have someone drive them home from the dental clinic after their dental procedure and to take it easy for the rest of the day.
After your dental implant procedure, expect to experience the usual discomforts of any dental surgery, including swelling and bruising of your face and gums, pain at the implant site, and some bleeding. Your dentist will prescribe pain medications or antibiotics to help manage these symptoms.
As the implant site heals, you may need to eat soft foods following each stage of the dental implant procedure.