Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution for patients with teeth that are missing or damaged beyond repair. Since their invention, they have become one of the most popular tooth replacement options due to their high success rate and resemblance to natural teeth. If you’re thinking about getting a dental implant, you should speak to an experienced implant dentist for advice on your options and eligibility. But first, here’s what you can expect from the dental implant procedure.
Components of a conventional dental implant
The type of dental implants you have will vary depending on your individual circumstances, and can range from a single tooth replacement to a complete implant-supported denture. Conventional dental implants are composed of three key components, each of which will generally be fitted at different stages of the dental implant procedure:
- A titanium screw fixture: this is a metal post placed into the jawbone during the first stage of the dental implant procedure. This fixture will eventually serve as the “root” of your new tooth.
- An abutment: the abutment is a metal component attached to the titanium screw fixture which sits above the gumline.
- A crown: the crown is a tooth-shaped cap fixed on top of the abutment during the final stages of your implant procedure. These can be made from two different materials: all ceramic or porcelain-fused to metal. Speak to your implant dentist for more information about the options available to you.
What to expect from your dental implant procedure
With conventional dental implants, the implant procedure will be performed in stages over a period of several months. This will give your implants and the surrounding areas time to fuse and heal between stages. The dental implant procedure will typically include the following steps:
- Dental examination: Before the implant procedure begins, your dentist will need to check your dental and medical health. The dentist will examine elements such as your bone density and gum health to determine your eligibility for dental implants. In some cases, you may be required to undergo additional procedures such as bone grafting or removal of damaged teeth before the implant takes place.
- Preparation of jawbone: Prior to the your dental implant procedure, your dentist will need to prepare the jawbone and surrounding area for implant surgery.
- Placement of titanium screw: The first stage of the dental implant procedure is the placement of the titanium screw into the jawbone. Once this is placed, the surrounding area will be left to heal for a period of two to three months. During this time, the jawbone will grow and fuse with the surface of the dental implant.
- Placement of abutment: After the healing period, the implant will be surgically exposed and the abutment will be attached to the titanium screw. Once the tissue surrounding the abutment has healed (this generally takes around two weeks), your dentist will take an impression of your teeth for your dental crown.
- Attachment of crown: The dental crown will be fixed to the abutment to complete the surgical implant procedure.
Dental implants in Perth with Aria Dental
If you are concerned about missing or damaged teeth and considering a dental implant procedure, you will need to organise a consultation with a qualified implant dentist to determine your eligibility. At Aria Dental in Perth, we are dedicated to providing our patients with high quality tooth replacement solutions that meet their individual needs. To find out more about our tooth replacement options, or to determine your eligibility for dental implants, call us on 1300 405 325 to book a free implant consultation with our experienced Perth dentists.