Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that their teeth appear natural and their facial contours will be preserved so they can smile with confidence. If you are interested in a dental implants consultation in Hamilton please call our office to arrange and appointment, 07 839 1394.
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone following which the bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are left buried beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Evans will uncover the implants and attach small posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will usually not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Evans may be able to place single stage implants in certain circumstances. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them but do require a minimum of twelve weeks of healing time before placing artificial teeth on them. There are even some selected situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. This process, called “immediate loading” greatly simplifies the surgical process.
Implants are a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Evans will perform the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, your restorative dentist will fit and make the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (overdenture) attaches to a bar or ball and socket attachment, whereas a fixed one is permanent and removable only by your restorative dentist.
Dr. Evans performs implant surgery both in the practice and also in private hospitals. A high standard of sterility is required for successful implant surgery. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is essential for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw or hip.
Once you learn about dental implants, you will be aware there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind. A Swedish scientist and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than thirty-five years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
The majority of dental implants are performed under intravenous sedation at our rooms but more complicated cases may be performed under General Anaesthesia
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.