Dental Implants

dental implants

Dental implants are a strong, lasting, natural looking tooth replacement option. They are permanently secured into the jaw to replace missing or damaged teeth and unlike dentures, prevent shrinkage of the jaw bone and face, while restoring full chewing ability.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are suitable for people of all ages, providing the growth of their jaw is complete. For some patients with advanced dental and gum disease, removal of teeth followed by replacement with dental implants can rid the body of dental disease while restoring full function and aesthetics. An adequate jaw bone is required to act as a secure base for the placement and integration of dental implants. If adequate jaw bone is not present, it can often be created, using bone grafting or augmentation procedures.

Our dental clinic assists patients in learning about dental implants as a method for replacing and securing teeth, and as an alternative to dentures.

Our dental implant and sleep dentistry centre provides IV sedation or sleep dentistry for the comfort of patients during oral dento-alveolar surgery. Procedures such as single teeth replacement can also be performed under local anaesthetic only, depending on patient preference.

Dental Implant Assessment, diagnosis and planning

The first step is to meet with our Adelaide dentist for an assessment of your situation, history, requirements and preferences. Treatment recommendations and information about costs and options are provided at this stage. Radiology referrals for x–rays, cone beam imaging or CT scans may be organised, if required. Patients should be aware that all surgical procedures carry risk. Before starting any recommended dental treatment, patients may opt to seek a second opinion. Results can vary and the effect of alternative treatment options (including no treatment) should be considered.

Dental Crown Surgery and Procedures

Once you are comfortable to move ahead with a recommended procedure, the initial stage of inserting dental implants is undertaken. IV sedation or sleep dentistry techniques ensure this stage is comfortable, minimise any pain. This stage will take around 1–2 hours depending on the number of implants and whether associated bone grafting or modification is required. Surgery can often be done in one stage, but some cases may require a two stage surgery where the implants are initially left submerged under the gum and exposed in a short procedure at a future date.

Dental Crown Integration

Commonly, dental implants will be left for a period of three to five months for a process called ‘osseointegration’, essential for creating a secure base for your new teeth. Temporary solutions will replace your missing teeth during this time.

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