Dental Implants Newcastle
A dental implant is a fine titanium screw that is placed into the upper or lower jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. Once the dental implant has integrated with your jawbone it becomes a solid foundation onto which a porcelain crown or bridge restoration is secured.
Dental implants can replace one or multiple teeth at once.
Treatment can take between three to twelve months and is dependent on many factors including;
- general health
- bone quantity/quality
- healing rate
- degree of integration between the bone and the implant
Once it has been identified that a dental implant is the correct treatment option for your missing tooth the following procedures occur.
Stage One involves preparing the space for the implant to be placed into the bone. More than one space may need to be prepared depending on how many teeth are missing. The implant is then placed into the prepared bone. The gum is stitched close over the implant while it heals. This can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. Over the next few months, the implant will integrate with your jawbone.
At Stage Two the dentist will make an incision in the gum and fit a cap called a healing abutment on top of the implant. This will help shape the gum to fit the crown. Depending on the surgery sometimes stage one and two can be done in the same procedure.
At Stage Three once your implant has securely integrated with your bone. A digital scan or impression is taken of the implant and a custom-made crown is made to replace your missing tooth.
X-rays are taken at each stage to ensure everything is placed correctly.
Dental implants are strong and long lasting. To maximise their longevity, they require more care than a normal tooth. Regular Check – up and cleaning is recommended along with daily maintenance at home. Smoking increases the risk of implant failure. Please call us at any sign of toothache, movement of the implant, swelling or bleeding.
Every procedure carries risks. Please consult a qualified health professional and always seek a second opinion.