Missing teeth can be devastating to how you feel about your smile, but tooth loss can have an irreversible impact on your oral health as well. When you come to Clifton Hill Dental to address a missing tooth or to have an extraction, our dentists aim to improve both the aesthetics and health of your smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of modern tooth replacement because of the many practical and health benefits they provide.
In addition to looking and feeling like a natural tooth, dental implants retain bone health and prevent teeth from shifting, which causes misalignment and uneven wear to teeth.
Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of dental implants is that patients can enjoy all of the foods they love because dental implants are stable in the bone and make both crunchy vegetables and juicy steak possible.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants require precise planning to ensure successful treatment. A full evaluation of gum health and bone will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Sufficient bone must be present to support the dental implant rod and the load from chewing. If bone loss has made dental implant treatment risky, bone grafting can make dental implant treatment possible for almost everyone.
Your dentist will identify the precise location for your dental implant and take x-rays and digital impressions of the teeth.
Dental Implant Healing and Integration
Because your comfort is a priority, your dentist will completely anaesthetise your tooth. Dental implant surgery takes about 60 to 90 minutes and causes little discomfort. Most patients report minor swelling, which resolves in a few days.
In most cases, we need to leave adequate time for dental implants to integrate with the bone over the course of three to four months. This process, called osseointegration, allows the dental implant rod to fully fuse with the bone for a stable and secure foundation to support a dental implant crown.
Your Custom Dental Implant Crown
Our dentists and skilled dental lab technicians design each dental implant crown specifically for your smile. The length, shape and colour of the dental implant will match adjacent teeth for a seamless result.
Caring for your dental implant requires the same careful attention as your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing using proper technique will keep the supporting gum tissue healthy and prevent periodontal infection.
In addition to single dental implants, you can have implant-supported dentures, bridges, and even smile-saving All-on-4 dentures in our Clifton Hill dental practice. All-on-4 replaces an entire arch of teeth in as little as one to three days.
Contact Clifton Hill Dental to arrange a consultation to determine if dental implants or implant dentistry are right for you.