Dental implants copy natural teeth in the way they feel, function and in appearance. Unlike other tooth replacement options they do not reply on neighboring teeth, metal clasps or adhesive gels for support.
Dental implants can be placed in most adults who are in good to moderate health. They are not typically placed in adolescents until the have reached their full expected height. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease the effectiveness of implant treatment, so be sure to discuss your full medical history with your doctor at Coolum Beach dental before beginning this treatment.
Implant treatment is broken down into four specific parts.
- Treatment planning
- Implant placement
- Abutment placement
- Final crown placement
Occasionally a bone graft may be needed to provide an adequate site for placement. Once the implant is placed in the bone a given period of time is allowed for the implant to heal (osseointegrate)before attachment of the abutment and crown. In some cases an immediate temporary crown can be placed. The final crown is usually placed 3-6 months after the initial implant placement.
The benefits of placing Dental Implants:
- Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw. This stimulates bone growth and stops any further bone loss which is directly linked to tooth loss.
- Implants do not require the adjacent healthy teeth to be grown down, which is required for placement of conventional crown and bridge.
- Implants restore the ability to chew properly allowing a complete and healthy diet.
- Depending on whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, there is most likely a dental implant treatment that can bring back your smile and its natural function.
Dental implants have a high success rate but just like your natural teeth they are still susceptible to infection caused by plaque, calculus build up and gum disease.
You must brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Attending Coolum Beach Dental for regular preventive care appointments is imperative to the health and longevity of your implant. We will ensure your teeth and gums are kept in optimum condition with regular examinations and professional cleaning. This will ensure you have the best chance of keeping your beautiful new smile for life.