Dental implants are routine procedures at our centers throughout Melbourne and we have been offering teeth replacement with this technique since 1996.
As it is not a procedure you are likely to have to undertake often, the decision to have a tooth implant should take into account the time-frame, benefits and risks of this treatment compared to the alternatives.
If you are considering teeth implants, the best course of action is to book a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
To give you an idea of what to expect before, during and after receiving a tooth implant, we have outlined the possible processes below.
Single or several teeth replacement
Single or multiple teeth implants are usually done in 2 stages separated by 3-4 months, but can also be immediate when appropriate. This is different to when full dental implants are considered, which can often be done as an immediate procedure.
The course of treatment outlined below for a single tooth implant, or multiple teeth implants to replace a missing segment of teeth, is one of several options available to you – your dentist will advise you on the best solution for you.
First visit – Examination & X-Rays
At the initial appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth and may take one or more x-rays. Your dental health and suitability for teeth implants will be assessed, and all treatment options considered. In some cases, some preliminary work may be required before tooth implant/bridge placement to ensure an optimal result.
Second visit – Dental Implant Placement
During this visit, the fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth will be installed. The area is made numb and the fixture placed in the jaw bone. Where possible we may often use keyhole surgery to minimise discomfort. A healing cap is then inserted and a temporary tooth is provided during healing. The dental implants are given three months to bond with the bone, a biological process know as osseointegration. This procedure will generally take 30–60 minutes.
Third visit – Testing of Dental Implants
Once the dentist has confirmed that the tooth implant has successfully integrated within the bone, the temporary tooth and/or the healing cap is removed and an impression is taken to make the final crown. In some cases an additional ‘try-in’ appointment may be required to fine-tune the final aesthetics.
Fourth visit – Fitting of Crown or Bridge
The final step is to permanently insert the new crown or bridge.