Dental implants are now recognised by the ADA as a standard treatment for a variety of dental health problems, ranging from the replacement of one tooth, to a full reconstruction of the teeth and jaw, including full oral rehabilitation.

A dental implant is a replacement titanium root upon which your dentist or prosthodontist will make a fixed or removable replacement tooth to match your natural teeth.

How will a dental implant improve your oral health?

As they are designed to fuse with bone, they become integrated to the bone, making them look and feel like your own teeth.

If you have loose dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to lisp, mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry or embarrassment of slurring.

Unlike dentures, Dental Implants become part of you and eliminate the sore spots and discomfort that you usually associate with removable dentures.

Moving or loose dentures can make chewing difficult; Dental Implants eliminate this as the function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.

Why do patients prefer dental implants?

Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel more confident with simple actions such as chewing!

Unlike removable dentures, which need to be taken out in order to clean, dental implants are fixed into the gums and jaw, eliminating the inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

It feels close to your other teeth and can be cleaned in the same way without too much difficulty.

Why do dentists prefer to use dental implants?

Dental implants are less invasive to other teeth. They do not require reduction to the enamel of other teeth when supporting a bridge.

As nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

Safety and effectiveness of dental implants

Implants are durable and will last many years. We have a high success rate of 90-95%. With good care, many implants can last a long period in life.

Who is eligible for a Dental Implant?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

Conditions that compromise results

Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease or patients who have had facial radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.

Dental Implants Procedure

What to expect throughout the treatment?

At Vision Periodontics we will guide you through the procedure from the initial consultation, through the surgical placement and also the recovery time. The treatment can be done either in our rooms under local anaesthesia (LA) or intra-venous (IV) sedation with an anaesthetist present. Treatment can also be performed under General Anaesthetic (GA) at Southbank Day surgery if you are particularly nervous or the procedure is judged complex by your periodontist.

Procedure

Two Stage Implant Therapy

Stage 1 – is the surgical placement of the titanium implant which is inserted into the bone beneath the gum and remains hidden for approximately 4 months to allow osseointagration (Bone fusion) to occur. Sometimes additional materials may be required during this surgical procedure. A surgical membrane, which acts as a barrier between the bone and gum and a simple bone graft, to help bone attachment to the implant (more commonly used after an extraction in the same site).

Stage 2 – is where we uncover the implant and attach a small extension (healing abutment)  which projects out of the gum. This is a relatively quick procedure after which we will refer you back to your dentist or prosthodontist to start making the tooth replacement in 2-4 weeks.

Single Stage Implant Therapy

Sometimes we can do Stage 1 and 2 simultaneously, eliminating the need for a second separate procedure in 4 months’ time. This depends on bone quality and stability of the implant during placement. You would still need to wait 4 months for osseointagration (Bone fusion) to occur before placing your replacement tooth, or bridge by your dentist or prosthodontist. 

Recovery Time

Single Implants

From initial placement of the titanium implant (by Periodontist) to crown completion (By Dentist or Prosthodontist) takes approximately 5-6mths.

Most patients find the surgical procedure remarkably easy and very little pain is felt.

Prior to the appointment, you will be given a script for antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs which will help to prepare your body for the surgery and thus eliminate any major discomfort. If the tooth is in a prominent position within the smile line we will liaise with your referring dentist to make a temporary replacement, for immediately after the extraction and prior to completion, to ensure that you are never without your smile.

Multiple Implants

Multiple implants can be placed if you have more than one gap and in different quadrants (corners of mouth) to achieve a nice balanced smile/function. As with single implants most patients find the surgical procedure relatively easy with very little pain or discomfort. 

Anchoring a denture or bridge

Implants can be placed to ‘span” a gap with a bridge restoration or to restore a full arch (one or both jaws).

Whereby it can look like multiple teeth are present whilst only placing two implants and adding just the crown parts fused together.

Implants can also be utilised to help with the stability of a denture by allowing a denture to be clipped into place either permanently or semi-permanently.