Dentists have a number of tools available when it comes to repairing a smile where a tooth is missing or damaged. One such way to fill a gap in your pearly whites is through a dental implant! Their process is slow, but the end result is permanent and indistinguishable from your natural teeth!
The dental implant process
Every missing tooth creates a unique problem to solve, and the first step in this process is to find out if a dental implant is appropriate for you. That’s why we have to start by taking x-ray images, and possibly other scans.
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When analysing the imaging, we are looking to find out whether you have a fully grown, healthy jawbone. Inserting a dental implant into a small, damaged or brittle jawbone can often create more problems than it solves.
We also look to ensure that a patient doesn’t have gum disease or any conditions that could affect bone healing, as these could prevent successful outcomes.
A titanium screw is placed into the jawbone and the space that the roots of your missing tooth would otherwise occupy. This is a minor surgery – but a surgery none the less – and you will be given anaesthetic so that you can’t feel the procedure.
Not a quick fix
A healing process begins after the screw has been inserted. Your jaw bone begins to heal, and will re-grow around the dental implant. This growth will ensure that the implant is stable and that the false tooth won’t wiggle around more than a natural tooth.
The process from there is relatively straightforward, with moulds taken of your teeth being used to create a crown that will look and feel just like your other teeth.
Dental implants are a time consuming process that can take between 3-6 months from start to finish. In the end, you will end up with a false tooth that feels and looks just like a real tooth, and will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Dental implants are a relatively routine procedure. The risks are low, but there are still some minor risks. As with any surgery, there is a small risk of infection, and there is a small risk of damage to surrounding teeth. Nerve damage is rare, but not impossible.
A dental implant with an accompanying crown is a long term solution which requires real preparation and healing, so the fact that you need several appointments over a couple of months could be an obstacle for some.
The alternative would be dentures and bridges. Want to learn more about what’s right for you? Simply give us a call on 07 4054 2203 to book a consultation with out of our friendly dentists. Did you know you can book an appointment with CPDG online? It takes less than a minute!