Dental Implants Mackay QLD
Are you looking for a permanent solution to missing teeth? Would you like a modern alternative to wearing dentures? Dental Implants are the answer.
Dr Kelvin Willing has been placing dental implants for over 10 years and can guide you with the correct advice and treatment on restoring your smile.
Dental implants – A Permanent Solution
Dental implants are small titanium rods surgically inserted into the site of the missing tooth root. Once they have fused with your jaw bone a dental crown, bridge or denture will be attached to provide a visible ‘tooth’ structure in the empty place. Without all your teeth chewing and eating can destabilise your bite and cause discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. When you lose a tooth the jaw bone starts to shrink: this is what gives you the aged appearance.
Dental implants act and feel like natural teeth
An implant is a new tooth made from of bio-compatible materials, titanium and porcelain, that look and feel just like your natural tooth. Your implant is composed of two parts that mimic a tooth’s root and crown. The implant’s root is the small titanium post placed into your jaw bone. Once this implant has fused, an abutment and porcelain crown is attached to replace the top part of your tooth.
Implants can be used in conjunction with dentures
Implants may also be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. Research shows that patient satisfaction with implant-supported dentures is significantly higher than conventional denture. The ADA (Australian Dental Association) has stated that implant-supported over-dentures could be considered the standard of care when treating lower arches with no teeth. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth to provide a more natural-looking smile.
The dental implant process
This treatment generally takes four appointments. The first appointment is the consultation and assessment of your oral health. The second treatment is when the implant is surgically inserted into your jaw; the third is a few months later and the abutment is attached to the implant. The fourth and final treatment is when the dental crown, bridge or denture is attached to the implant.
There is generally a gap of three months between the placement of the implant and the placement of the abutment. This is the time it takes for the implant to fuse to your jaw bone. Factors which contribute to the healing time include:
- Your oral health
- Your general health
- Your body’s natural ability to heal
- If the implant is placed in the upper or lower jaw.
Smoking slows down the body’s natural healing, and if the implant is placed in the upper jaw it will take longer than to heal than if it were placed in the lower jaw. From initial consultation to final appointment can be 4 to 6 months.
If you would like to know more about dental implant treatment, or would like to book an appointment at Smiles 4 Everyone, please contact us today.