Dental implants Melbourne are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Whether you are looking to replace one missing tooth or you need to replace all of your teeth, dental implants Melbourne could be the perfect solution for you. It is important that you do not let tooth loss take over your life or ruin your dental health anymore then it may already have done so, so speak to your dentist sooner rather than later and find out about dental implants Melbourne.
You will need to undergo an examination of your teeth and gums as dental implants require healthy gums and sufficient jawbone for successful implant surgery. If you suffer from gingivitis or periodontitis then this will need to be addressed prior to undergoing dental surgery. Your dentist will be able to put together an individual detailed treatment plan for you. If you do not have sufficient bone to hold the implant in place then you may need to undergo bone grafting. This could be because of a delay between losing your tooth and addressing the issue. The longer you wait the more bone loss you will have.
Once your dentist is happy with the health of your gum and bone you will be booked in for dental implant surgery. Without healthy gums and sufficient bone the surgery will not be successful.
The surgery will be carried out under a local anaesthetic and you will be offered different types of sedation if necessary to help ease any discomfort even further. Your dentist can offer you IV sedation or inhalation sedation if you are not too keen on needles.
To begin with the gum is cut open to reveal the bone. This allows access to the bone socket of the missing tooth. Then the dentist can drill into the bone socket to make enough room for the implant to fit snugly in place. Each implant can take between 1 and 2 hours to fit and during this time the gum will be stitched back into place.
A natural healing process known as osseointegration will then begin as the titanium screw comes into contact with your bone. New bone cells will form around the implant until it is fixed securely in place. This is a lengthy procedure and can take between 4 and 6 months to be fully complete. During this time your dentist will make sure that the site is healing successfully and that there is no sign of infection or other issues.
Once the dentist is happy that the implant is securely in place, the gum will be cut once again to expose the implant. A healing cap will be placed on the implant to encourage the gum to heal successfully around the implant. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed the cap can be removed. An abutment will then be attached to the implant which connects the implant to your choice of prosthetic. You will be offered a crown, a bridge or a set of dentures to replace your missing teeth securely to restore the appearance, function and health of your mouth.
Speak to your dentist today and find out more about dental implants for replacing your missing teeth.
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