Dental Implant Benefits
It stands to reason that the teeth you start growing at six years old might not be around half a century later. This can affect the surrounding teeth and gums, and change your bite causing issues with both form and function. Dental implants secure into the bone of your jaw, mimicking your natural teeth in appearance and performance. Dental implants replace tooth function as well as the natural aesthetics of your bite and smile, making them a successful option to replace missing teeth permanently. With no damage to other teeth or surrounding tissues, it’s often a better alternative to bridges, and can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or to support a full denture.
Dental Implant Procedure
At Sydney Cosmetic Dentistry, we are proud to have an implant consultant, Dr Glenn Willey, to place dental implants for our patients. Dr Glenn Willey has over 25 years’ experience in dental implants, and is meticulous in his surgery and care of his patients. He regularly attends training courses and conferences to keep up to date in this specialised field of dentistry, and has trained many other dentists in the surgical placement of implants.
Each patient who is interested in a dental implant will discuss their individual needs during the initial consultation, and receive a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan. A 3D scan will be required to provide further information regarding bone and jaw structure, which assists with the correct type of implant and position for it to be placed. Dr Willey will ensure that your will have your dental implant/s placed accurately to facilitate the fitting of your final prosthesis.
Your surgical procedure will take place in a calm and comfortable environment at Sydney Cosmetic Dentistry under local anaesthetic or sedation. After the implant is placed, you will have stitches placed to help with the healing. In many cases you will have a temporary restoration made, or if you have an immediate implant placed, you may receive your final crown on the same day. Usually dental implants are left in place to heal and integrate for about three months with a provisional prosthesis. Once the titanium screw ‘osseointegrates’ it performs the function of the root of the tooth; on top of this screw is placed a beautifully sculpted porcelain crown, to restore your beautiful smile.
Good dental hygiene is critical in keeping infection at bay. Non-smokers and patients with good oral hygiene habits put themselves in a much better position for a full and fast recovery. Smokers will typically be encouraged to stop smoking beforehand to improve the odds of successful surgery. If properly constructed and cared for, most dental implants should last a lifetime.