What to expect from a dental implant surgery

Dental implants surgery have revolutionised the way in which dentists are treating their tooth loss patients. If you have missing teeth, dental implants have emerged as one of the most stable teeth replacement treatment option for both cosmetic and functional reasons.

According to the Australian Dental Association, dental implants enjoy a high success rate of 90-98%, showing just how safe and reliable the treatment is.

Nonetheless, the placement of dental implants involves a surgical procedure. 

If you are considering dental implant surgery, you probably have many lingering questions about the procedure, and how to prepare for one. Let’s try to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

Am I a suitable candidate to get dental implant surgery?

An ideal candidate for the dental implant procedure should be in good general and oral health.

For dental implant surgery to be successful, you must have enough bone to hold the implant. If you have insufficient bone to support the implants, the dentist may suggest bone augmentation either as a separate procedure, or to be undertaken along with your dental implant surgery.

The state of your gum tissue is also another critical factor for the success of the surgery. Due to this, it is important that your implant dentist is made aware if you have a history of periodontal disease.

Before you are even recommended for dental implant surgery, you would need to go for an oral exam in order to have your jaws and bones assessed. The dentist would have to ascertain whether you possess the necessary jaw quality and bone mass to accommodate the dental implants. Only when you are found suitable would a detailed treatment plan be prepared.

What is the dental implant procedure like?

The implant procedure essentially involves a two-stage process: Insertion of titanium post and crown fitting.

At the first stage, the titanium post will be inserted deep into the exacty location where your missing tooth used to be.

The dental implant is a screw-like titanium post that serves as the base upon which the implant replacement is to be fitted.

After the implant is placed, the jawbone will be left undisturbed for about 3-6 months. During this period, the titanium implant will biologically fuse with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the titanium implant has bonded with the jawbone as a singular structure, it will provide a solid base for attaching the prosthetic tooth or teeth. A temporary crown may be placed over the exposed implants, until the following appointment. The healing process generally takes between 6-12 weeks.

During this appointment, the dentist would also take an impression of the existing teeth to produce an impression model. The impression model will be sent to a dental lab to create the customised crown or replacement teeth. The size, shape and colour of the prosthetic teeth will conform to the patient’s precise requirements, based on the dimensions provided by the model.

At the following appointment, dentist will place the newly fabricated prosthetic teeth into position, attaching them to the dental implants via connectors known as implant abutments.

The Canberra implant dentist would make the necessary adjustments to make sure your prosthetic teeth fit perfectly and blend in with the rest of your teeth.

Dental implants can restore health and beauty to your smile with a high degree of success and predictability.

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