Dental Implants Gold Coast
Tooth loss can be caused by decay, gum disease or trauma
Dental implants allow patients to regain fully functional and natural-looking smiles. Implants are an alternative to ordinary dental bridges or dentures to fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth.
Implant dentistry is an innovative science, which focuses on creating smiles that have the natural stability of real teeth. One of the main advantages of dental implants, is that they look and feel authentic and importantly, maintain biological stimulation to help prevent bone loss and that “sunken-in” appearance normally seen around a missing tooth.
What are dental implants?
At Burleigh Dental Studio, we use the world-class Biohorizons dental implant system. An implant is a durable titanium cylinder that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. After placement, the implant will fuse with the jawbone until it is fully integrated and becomes part of your body (known as osseointegration). Dental implants work just like real teeth with real roots, allowing for normal chewing function. They are then restored with dental crowns, dental bridges or dentures.
Are dental implants right for me?
If you want to replace one or more missing teeth, ask us about implant dentistry. Dental implants are reliable, durable and designed to support dental crowns, bridges or dentures. Most healthy patients are candidates for dental implants, but your suitability for this treatment solution will be discussed further after a screening, radiographic and medical history assessment process. Typically, we perform both the surgical placement and cosmetic restoration of your implants. In some complex cases we may work with a surgical specialist, to help ensure your treatment outcome is optimal.
Bone grafting procedure
Dental implants do require a certain amount of healthy bone to provide a strong foundation for the implant. If a candidate does not have enough bone to support the implant, bone grafting or bone augmentation procedures may be used to supplement the existing bone and support the dental implant. In extremely rare cases a large lack of bone can render the placement of a dental implant impossible.
Generally healing from dental implant treatment can take anywhere from 4-6 months, depending on the complexity of your case. If a bone graft is required (for those who do not have enough jawbone to hold the implant in place), treatment duration will take longer as the jaw will first need to heal prior to an implant being placed.
Implant procedure and visits
The number of visits required for the placement of dental implants varies from case to case and depends on the patient’s individual circumstances. For simpler cases it can often be completed over the course of two visits, however for those implant cases which are more complicated this can take a few visits over several months. Upon assessment and discussion of your options, you will be given a personalised treatment plan outlining how long the procedure will take and what will be involved at each stage.
Surgical and pain management
The placement of dental implants is a surgical dental procedure. Local anaesthetic is used to help ensure that the procedure is completed in comfort. For particularly anxious patients’ oral sedation may be beneficial. Initially, following the procedure considerable discomfort and pain can be experienced however this is managed with oral analgesic medication. This pain substantially subsides over the next few days and is then managed with more mild medication.
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