If you lose some or several of your teeth, replacing them immediately is the best decision you can make for your oral and dental health.
At Eaglehawk Dental, we offer several options for restoring your smile and replacing missing teeth, but the most permanent solution, and the one that most closely replicates the look and function of your natural teeth, is dental implantation.
Read on to learn more about dental implants and how they can address problems associated with tooth loss.
Save Your Smile With Dental Implants
Did you know that your teeth support one another? Thus, if you lose one of them, it can lead to several issues that can affect your smile and dental health.
When you lose a tooth, the jawbone underneath will start to weaken and the neighbouring teeth will also start to shift. If the gap is not filled immediately, the loss of jawbone can damage the adjacent teeth, which can result in gum disease and tooth decay.
Fortunately, your dentist at Eaglehawk Dental can prevent this problem by restoring your smile with modern dental implants. We recommend replacing your missing teeth as soon as possible.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss that offers an overwhelming number of benefits:
- Prevent jawbone deterioration with the use of an artificial tooth (pontic) that is surgically implanted in the bone
- The titanium posts have remarkable properties that can bond to your jawbone without being rejected by your body
- Do not increase your susceptibility to tooth decay
- With a very high success rate of 95%
The Appointment and Surgery
Prior to the implant procedure, your dentist will first conduct a thorough dental examination to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for the treatment. This may include taking X-rays and digital mouth scans for your casts.
Tell your dentist about your medical history including the medicines you are currently taking. If you have existing dental issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, your dentist will need to treat them before the surgery.
To start the procedure, your dentist will administer local or general anaesthesia, depending on your needs. The dental implant procedure is done in three stages:
- Insertion of metal root to the jawbone.
- The titanium will be allowed to heal for around three months, a process called osseo-integration, before fitting the abutment.
- The dental crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment.
In some cases, time off work may be advised. If the procedure is performed under sedation or general anaesthesia, you will need a companion who can drive you home, as you will not be able to drive by yourself.
It is normal to experience swelling, bruising, or pain following the implant placement. However, these effects should disappear within a week. Your dentist may recommend using ice packs and taking pain medications to manage them. Your dentist will also prescribe antibiotics after the treatment.
To help speed up your recovery, avoid consuming alcoholic beverages or hard foods for a few days. Your dentist at Eaglehawk Dental will provide detailed aftercare guidelines to help assist safe and fast recovery.
First-rate Implant Dentistry Procedure at Eaglehawk Dental
Your reliable dental surgeon at Eaglehawk Dental has successfully completed a course in Implantology in Sydney, so rest assured that we deliver top-notch work on implant dentistry using high-quality materials and advanced techniques.
Our team wants to help you achieve your smile goals for this year. We look forward to seeing you!