We use our teeth so much that they often go unnoticed. When eating, talking, and smiling, we need our teeth in excellent shape to get the most out of life. Good dental hygiene and a healthy diet are essential to maintaining bright, functional teeth, but this isn’t always enough.
Dental problems can affect all of us, even those with the most diligent dental habits. Losing a tooth, or losing several teeth can be an unexpectedly traumatic experience. We may find eating and talk more difficult but we may also be less inclined to interact with the world around us. This is where dental implants come in.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium that is screwed into the jawbone and integrates with the rest of the jaw structure – providing both maximum stability and a natural feel.
A second fixture (an implant abutment) connects to the dental implant, which in turn connects to an artificial crown. Dental implants naturally integrate with their surrounding structure, providing stable teeth and a natural, healthy smile. They are suitable for many patients, whether you have lost a single tooth or many teeth.
How Are Dental Implants Created?
- Firstly, the implant is inserted during a minor surgery that can be performed in the course of a normal dental session (usually about an hour). We understand that some patients experience dental anxiety, and we are experienced at putting their minds at ease. Numbing gel and a local anaesthetic is used to remove any significant discomfort.
- A small drill is used to create space in the bone for the implant. The implant is inserted into place and takes around three to six months to integrate with the surrounding bone.
- The second stage takes even less time. A small fixture (an abutment or small post) is attached to the implant and an impression of the mouth taken. This is sent to our local laboratory to form a customised crown.
- The third appointment is a simple procedure involving cementing the new crown to the abutment.
Shopping Around for Dental Implants in North Sydney?
Each patient is unique and at McMahons Point Health, we strive to achieve the best solution for you. There are many things to consider when deciding if a dental implant is the right choice for your needs. These include recovery time, financial considerations, and aesthetic preferences.