Whether your dentist has mentioned you may require a “dental implant procedure” or you’re simply looking for more information, Pitt Street Dental Centre has all the information you need before you get teeth implants in Sydney.
Dentists have been performing dental implant procedures successfully for over 30 years and at Pitt Street Dental, you know that you’re in the best of care with our team.
What is a Dental Implant?
An implant is a titanium “root” which can be inserted into the jawbone to support a crown or a bridge, or secure a complete denture.
A dental implant procedure may sound unnerving, but implants have a great success rate for replacing missing teeth. These teeth implants are the standard of care for replacing missing teeth and have a high success rate.
Better still, dental implants function and feel like your natural teeth, so they’re a great solution for fixing any gaps in your mouth.
What is Involved in a Dental Implant Procedure?
There are two phases to a dental implant procedure, which helps to ensure the implant is as stable as possible in your jaw.
Phase 1: Placing the Implant
During the first phase, a titanium implant base is placed into the jawbone to resemble the tooth root.
To do this, the gum tissue is opened and the jawbone is tapped with a small drill and then drilled with a wider drill. The implant is inserted into place.
Once this is securely in place in the jawbone, our dentists allocate a period of time between the first and second phase of the implant to allow for the jawbone to fuse with the implant to function in the same way a normal tooth root would.
The healing and recovery process can take three to six months, though your dentist will give you a more accurate timeline that is more relevant to your situation.
Phase 2: Securing the Abutment and Crown
Once the healing process is complete, an abutment, which acts as a small connector post, is applied to the top of the implant. This helps to hold your new crown in place.
From there, your dentist will take impressions of your bite so that your crown can be made and once it is ready, your dentist will fix it to the abutment.
Post procedure, it is normal to experience discomfort, slight swelling of the face and gums and some pain. Your dentist will discuss any post-surgery care with you to minimise pain and swelling.
What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?
- Single Implants: Where a single tooth needs to be replaced.
- Multiple Implants: Where multiple teeth need to be replaced.
- Full Arch Implants: Where the full arch of teeth needs to be replaced. The arch is removable, yet functions like a full set of normal teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Help to withstand greater bite pressures with dentures;
- Can prevent bone loss in the jaw, which may reduce the risk of adjacent natural teeth becoming loose;
- Prevents the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks that can occur after tooth extraction, which can cause bone loss in the jaw;
- May prevent gum recession;
- Unlike bridges, do not require the cutting and reshaping of neighbouring healthy teeth are firmly secured in the jaw
- Are usually more comfortable than dentures; and
- Generally do not require separate care routines or special cleaning products, as with dentures or bridges
How does a Dental Implant Procedure Differ from a Dental Bridge?
Teeth implants and dental bridges are similar in that they both replace missing teeth, however, there are some slight differences between the two procedures.
As mentioned above, a dental implant procedure involves inserting an implant into the jawbone to act as a tooth root.
Comparatively, a dental bridge does not require a tooth root, as it uses one or more of your surrounding teeth to anchor a crown to, creating a bridge between surrounding teeth to support the new tooth.
Length of Treatment Time
Teeth implants require a longer treatment time, as they require two phases of treatment to ensure integration into the jawbone. The entire procedure may take up to four months.
As a dental bridge does not require the same level of invasiveness as a dental implant, or the related healing time, the procedure for a dental bridge takes around two weeks to complete.
Is Surgery Required?
A dental implant procedure requires minor surgery to insert the titanium implant base into the jawbone.
A dental bridge is a simple procedure that does not require any surgery. However, to ensure your teeth can act as a bridge for your artificial tooth or teeth, your natural teeth undergo considerable preparation – including the removal of some of the tooth structure.
Replace Individual Teeth or Multiple Teeth (or both)?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, two teeth or multiple teeth throughout the mouth. The way these implants are applied to your jaw will depend on the location of the missing teeth. Dental implants can also be used to replace a full arch of teeth, which is removable, but functioned like a full set of normal teeth.
Dental bridges can also be used to replace both single and multiple missing teeth. However, in the case of multiple missing teeth, implants are needed to support the bridge and keep it in place.
How Pitt Street Dental Centre Can Help with Teeth Implants in Sydney
Teeth implants in Sydney are a great investment if you are looking to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
If you’re looking for a clinic that will be open and honest about your options and the associated costs, then please get in touch with our team at Pitt Street Dental Centre in Sydney.
As part of your consultation, we will chat with you about your options and give you the best personalised recommendation for your situation and smile.
Contact Pitt Street Dental Centre today to book in your consultation for dental implants.
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*Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.