Dental implants are widely considered to be the ‘gold standard’ for replacing missing teeth. They are used to replace single or multiple missing teeth and it can be easiest to think of them as artificial tooth roots suitable for supporting a crown, bridge or denture.
Properly planned and cared for dental implants can last for many years or even for life and surgery generally has success rates of 95% or higher.
Most people who are in reasonable general and oral health will be suitable for dental implants, and age is not usually a problem. You will need to have a full consultation with one of our dentists at Banyule Dental Greensborough and we will need to know your medical history.
People with certain medical conditions, for example diabetes, or smokers who don’t wish to quit may not be suitable for dental implants as they will be less likely to heal properly after surgery.
If you decide to go ahead with dental implants, we will need to carry out various diagnostic tests which include dental x-rays and a CT scan.
These are used to determine the quality and quantity of bone in your jaw and to identify the location of certain important structures such as sinus cavities and nerves and blood vessels that must be avoided during surgery.
The dental implant consists of a titanium post that is precisely inserted into the jawbone during a small surgical procedure. It is left to heal for between three and six months, a process called osseointegration.
This enables new bone cells to grow on and around the post so it is held firmly in the jawbone where it can act as a replacement tooth root. An abutment is attached to the post and this supports the dental restoration, completing treatment.
At Banyule Dental we provide the most comprehensive range of dental services in the Greensborough area in a friendly, caring environment.
Our emphasis is on patient education and preventative procedures, however we provide the full range of treatment options including cosmetic/reconstructive work, dental implants, crowns/veneers, orthodontics/Invisalign, wisdom tooth surgery and treatments for sleep apnoea/tooth grinding.