Why would I need dental implants?
Replacing your missing teeth is an important aspect of your dental health as:
- Missing teeth cause other teeth to move into the empty spaces, thus causing your teeth to change alignment
- Teeth on either side of your missing teeth start working harder when you chew and this increases the risk of fillings or teeth fracturing
- After teeth are lost, the jawbone starts sinking more and more with time, causing your lips and cheeks to lose support and a potential change in facial appearance
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth or as a fixed bridge structure. They can also hold a denture firmly into the mouth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are the most successful fixed option of replacing missing teeth, without having to use or reduce any adjacent tooth. In modern dentistry, scans provide a precise 3-D representation of your jaw, which allow for planning to be very predictable and precise.
Furthermore, with advances in technology, our team at Garden Haven Dental use 3-D printer technology to accurately perform computer guided surgery and place implants in limited spaces. This would be almost impossible to achieve by human judgement alone.
Procedure for a dental implant
- A scan is taken to precisely analyse the amount of bone height and width available.
- The implant is placed in the jawbone and left to integrate in the bone for 3 months.
- Your surgeon at Garden Haven Dental will decide whether the implant has to be left submerged completely underneath the gum for those 3 months, or whether a metal structure (an abutment) that extends just above the gum line can be connected to the implant.
- If the implant was previously completely submerged underneath the gum, after the 3 months have elapsed, the metal structure (the abutment) is then connected to the implant.
- After those 3 months, an impression of the implant and your other teeth are taken and the lab constructs the false tooth (crown) that will be attached to your implant.
- Your dentist at Garden Haven Dental then screws the crown onto the implant and you are ready to use your new tooth.
If you are missing one tooth or more, contact us today to discuss your dental implant options.