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What are Dental Implants?

21 December, 2022

Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically implanted into the jaw. These implants are designed to help restore the patient’s ability to chew and to replace missing teeth. Implants provide support for artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Losing a tooth to injury or disease isn’t ideal for anyone, it can lead to complications such as rapid bone loss, defective speech, or changes to chewing patterns. In the past, the traditional method for replacing a tooth has been a denture or bridge.

Fast forward to the present, and the dental implant has been found to be a preferred method to replace missing teeth.
The reason for this is the implants have a much longer life span, and they look and feel more like the natural tooth that was there previously.
Once the tooth has been extracted, there is usually a wait of around 10 to 12 weeks to allow the bone to heal before the dental implant is placed.

After this period of time, we send you for a scan of the jawbone to make sure that there is enough bone structure to
successfully place the implant where the tooth used to be.

Once the scan has been approved by Dr Adam it’s time to install the implant. The jaw is prepared and the implant
is then screwed into position. A small  healing cap is put on top of the screw to protect your tongue and the site. The level of discomfort after placing an implant is generally quite minimal for the majority of patients, some people have explained the procedure to be less involved the actual tooth removal.

From here, patients will wait around 10 to 12 weeks, this period of time allows the implant to successfully take to your jaw bone. We then test the implant to ensure it has fused properly to the jaw. We then take an impression, and this impression is sent to our lab where they design and create the tooth/teeth.

Once the process is complete, the patient can brush and floss as normal and get back to enjoying their dental health again.

Here at Suburban Smiles, we specialise in Dental Implants. Call us to book a free consultation and bring your smile back to life.

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