What Are Dental Implants?
While we encourage our clients at Glen Forrest Dental Care to use at-home oral care and preventative dentistry to care for their teeth, sometimes decay, gum disease and trauma can cause tooth loss.
In the case of tooth loss, dental implants may be beneficial to restoring the appearance and functionality of teeth. So what are dental implants and how can they benefit you if you’ve lost a tooth or teeth?
The Low-Down on Dental Implants
Most people are pretty familiar with dental and orthodontic procedures such as fillings, braces, crowns and caps, but a ‘dental implant’ procedure might be a little more foreign.
By definition, a dental implant is a man-made replacement for a missing tooth, commonly as a result of diseased teeth or teeth injury.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth in your mouth, restoring functionality for chewing, speaking and smiling.
Although dental implants can artificially restore your smile, it is important to attend 6-12 monthly check-ups and cleans and practise preventative dentistry to maintain the look and health of your teeth and gums.
What Components Make up a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement, which is designed to attach to the gum just like a regular tooth would, with a natural look that can restore the functionality and appearance of your teeth.
Dental implants are typically made up of three components:
- Titanium Screw – The component that is screwed into the jaw, acting as a replacement for the missing root.
- Abutment – The connecting piece, joining the titanium screw (implant) with the crown.
- Crown – This is the artificial tooth, usually made from porcelain or ceramic, which is that is fixed to the top of the implant. The crown looks and acts like a natural tooth and is colour matched to the existing teeth to ensure the crown looks as natural as possible.
A dental implant is expertly designed to ensure complete comfort and practicality, making an implant just as reliable as your normal tooth. While dental implants are strong, they still require you to take care of them through regular brushing, flossing and check-ups at Glen Forrest Dental Care.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Take to Install?
Usually the course of a dental implant procedure involves two treatments and regular check-ups.
At the first appointment, the dentist makes a small hole in your jawbone and screw in the titanium base to be later used as the new gum for your dental implant.
Then around 4-6 months after the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the abutment and crown are attached to the implant.
You can be assured that Dr. Lyndon Abreu will ensure the colour and shape of the crown replicates the appearance of your other teeth.
Why We Should Be Your #1 Choice of Dental Implants in Perth
At Glen Forrest Dental, our dental implants follow strict Australian regulations to ensure you walk away completely happy with your dental implants.
We are focused on making you comfortable with the procedure; we offer a range of sedation options, create a full dental plan and fully prepare your mouth for the procedure.
Our dental experts make sure the dental implants are the best fit by taking an impression of your teeth, modelling your mouth and designing a new implant to fit perfectly with your existing teeth.
At Glen Forrest Dental Care, we’ve helped countless clients with their dental implants and are experienced in using dental implants to make the best smiles in Perth.