What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. It can be used to support a single tooth, or a number of teeth, or even loose dentures. Dental implants Adelaide are essentially screws or posts made out of high-grade titanium, and usually inserted in the jaw bone. Once the dental implants Adelaide are placed there is a wait time of approximately 3 months before a crown, bridge or denture can be loaded onto the implant. This time may vary depending on each patient’s unique requirements.

There are three parts to dental implants Adelaide:

  • Crown – this is the bit you see above the gum line. When a dentist talks about tooth restoration then this is the part of the implant process they are referring to.
  • Abutment – used to attach the crown to the dental implant.
  • Implant – high-grade titanium screw inserted in the jaw bone.

The dental implants Adelaide are designed to be strong and support the replacement teeth. If regular dental check-ups are undertaken and good oral hygiene is maintained then dental implants Adelaide can be expected to last for many years. No cavities occur in the crown of an implant but bone and gum health need to be checked to maintain the right environment for the dental implant to remain securely in the jaw. Dental implants Adelaide are long lasting and more secure than other available options.

If a patient’s tooth is severely decayed or broken and cannot be repaired using other dental procedures then dental implants Adelaide may provide the patient with an effective replacement. In the past, dentists would generally use a bridge to replace a missing single tooth. However, two healthy teeth would be required to anchor the bridge and fill the space. A dental implant means compromising healthy teeth is no longer required. When a single tooth implant is required then no other teeth are compromised.

Dental implants Adelaide are designed to mimic the look of your natural teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth. One of the many benefits of dental implants is the ability to eat and drink without fear of sensitivity or sudden breakage. Dental implants Adelaide are a permanent replacement – imagine no more food getting stuck in your dentures or plate. Dental implants Adelaide are convenient because they can be cleaned and flossed just like natural teeth. No more removing dentures and plates for cleaning.

To be a dental implants Adelaide candidate, you need to have adequate bone and healthy gums. A dentist will make an assessment and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. It is important to understand that each patient will experience a unique journey towards their dental implants Adelaide. Factors to consider may include the number of implants required, any medications, condition/density of bone, if bone grafting is required as well as the health of gums and oral hygiene.

The benefits experienced by patients who receive dental implants Adelaide can be life changing. Call us today for a FREE consultation to discuss your dental implants Adelaide journey.