All about dental implants...
Dental implants are artificial devices intended to replace a lost tooth.
A dental implant offers the opportunity for the permanent replacement of a tooth which has been lost due to excessive decay, trauma or when performing a filling is no longer possible.
Implant dentistry is a specialised field which requires significant training and skill. Dr. Davidoff & Jervis Bay Smiles is proficient in its delivery, having performed many procedures over the years.
During examination, you will be advised if all other avenues have been exhausted and that an implant is recommended for you.
How is it done?
Here is a general outline of how implant dentistry is performed...
- A comprehensive examination will be performed.
- The requirement for a dental implant will be identified and discussed with you.
- The existing tooth (if remaining) will be completely removed, including the root.
- The site will be prepared by unfolding the surrounding gum tissue to gain access to the underlying bone.
- Space for the implant will be provided by sequentially increasing the depth and diameter of the root site.
- The implant will then be carefully placed into the root space and securing it tightly.
- The surrounding bone and tissue will then "integrate" the implant so it remains secure in the jaw line.
The process of integration generally takes around four to six months. Sometimes, a temporary "crown" is placed on top of the implant during this time.
When the implant has successfully integrated, Dr. Davidoff will take further models and will discuss the next steps with you - usually the fabrication and placement of a permanent crown or bridge to complete the tooth.
Whilst implant dentistry may be seen as a significant procedure to have performed, it is recognised as the standard and effective approach to replacing a missing tooth. Results are intended to last and are very effective.
If you would like to know more about the procedure or have any questions, our friendly team will be happy to answer them for you.