Dental implants have become an important part of modern dentistry. People who have missing teeth may benefit from techniques that allow artificial teeth to be secured firmly in the mouth. These techniques may range from replacing one missing tooth to replacing every tooth in the upper and lower jaws.
An implant fixture is inserted into the jaw bone to provide a base for supporting and attaching the prosthesis. (A Prosthesis is an artificial tooth, or row of teeth, attached to the implant)
Dental Implants are made from titanium which is biocompatible and can bond strongly to the living bone tissue. The bone tissue grows onto the surface of the implant. This is called osseointegration and biointegration. When fixed firmly within the jaw bone, the implant will be strong enough to bear the daily forces of chewing and normal function.
To place an implant we make an incision to open your gums. The implant will be inserted into the jaw bone using special techniques and instruments.
The number of implants inserted will depend on the prosthesis. For example, one implant is used to replace one missing tooth. Or for a complete upper prosthesis having 12 artificial teeth, six implants may be needed.
The bone surrounding the implant will be allowed to heal for up to 6 months. After healing, an ‘abutment’ will be inserted through the gums and into the implant. This can be done under a local anaesthetic. The abutment is the foundation, support or connector for the prosthesis. The gums around the abutments are allowed to heal for several weeks.
We will then test the implant to see if it has properly integrated with the bone. This is important because the implants must be strong enough to support the prosthesis and withstand the forces of chewing and normal function. If the implants have been successful, we will begin work on the prosthesis. The prosthesis may be fixed to the implant with cement or screws so that it is not removable.
When the impressions of your mouth are made and before the prosthesis is finished, we will discuss the appearance of the prostheses with you. If you have ideas or concerns about the appearance of the prosthesis make sure you discuss them with us. Cleanliness is crucial. Dental Implants, prostheses, gums and remaining teeth must be thoroughly cleaned every day so they stay free of dental plaque. Constant attention to cleanliness will improve the chances of the implants being successful. Implant hygiene is a life – time commitment for you as the patient and us as your dental team.
Dr Saul Mendelsohn has done extensive training on all stages of implant dentistry and he can do all stages of the process here in our surgery making it more convenient for you, the patient. If you have any questions on how we at Mendelsohn Dental on Royal can help you then don’t hesitate to contact us on 9225 6564 or have a look at our website http://www.mendelsohndental.com.au
We are preferred providers with HBF, BUPA and Medibank. We are also more than happy to organise to do a payment plan for your treatment, just ask our Practice Manager Heidi and she can go through your payment options with you.