Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, made from titanium. These artificial tooth roots are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants provide a natural looking, fixed solution to gaps caused by missing teeth. With an improved smile, your confidence and self-esteem can be improved.
Dental implants also protect against bone loss, which is important for your dental health. Unlike dentures, dental implants do not restrict your dietary choices.
With dental implants, you are free to enjoy foods that are more difficult to chew such as raw vegetables and meat.
How are dental implants inserted into the jawbone?
Dental implant procedures involve two steps. These two steps (placement of the implant and restoration of the implant) are performed over the course of two appointments.
During the first step, also referred to as ‘placement’ of the implant, our team inserts the titanium ‘root’ during a short surgical procedure.
What will happen during the placement surgery?
During your placement procedure, a local anaesthetic will be applied and you should not experience any pain.
The titanium ‘root’ will be implanted into the jawbone using very exact surgical techniques. After the implant has been set into place in the jawbone, the gum tissue is then closed over the implant 'root' to allow it to heal.
What happens after the placement surgery?
As the soft tissue around the implant heals, the implant will bond with the jawbone. Although each patient is different and healing time varies, it can take six weeks to several months to heal.
What is the next step?
Once healing is complete, we will schedule a restoration appointment. During this appointment, a restoration (a crown or bridge) can be placed on the implant only after healing is complete.