What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a screw or post that is placed into the jawbone.  Dental implants act as an anchor for porcelain crowns which function as tooth replacements. Crowns are then “fixed” onto these implants. Dental implants are one of the teeth replacement techniques that are used to replace missing teeth. They are particularly important for replacing highly damaged, unseemly teeth that are visible when you smile, laugh, eat, drink or talk.

How Do They Work?

The purpose of using dental implants is to ensure that any teeth replacement procedures leave you with teeth that look, feel and work like normal teeth. A titanium post is surgically implanted into your jawbone, and functions as an anchor or “post” for a crown. Over time and as you heal, this post fuses with the natural bone matter in your jaw, helping to create a durable and reliable foundation for your new tooth. Due to this, multiple appointments are required during the replacement procedure, as the body needs time to heal and complete the “fusing”, or osseointegration, process before the crown is attached.  Denture implants are also an option for those requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

How Successful Are They?

How successful the implant will be is dependent on a number of factors including how healthy you are, how good your dental hygiene is, and the amount of stress the implant will endure in daily dental activities such as chewing while eating and drinking. The practice of good dental health is always advisable, regardless of whether or not you require implant surgery.

Risks and Health Impacts

The risks associated with dental implant surgical procedures are the same with any invasive medical surgery, and they include the possibility of nerve injury, excessive blood loss, or both. Longer-term side effects (which usually tend to occur within six months of the procedure) can include infection and failed osseointegration. However, correct after care can help to ensure a proper recovery. Also, you can be assured that the dentists at Smile Artistry conduct every procedure within our business’s Philosophy of Care.

More Information

For more information about the various teeth implants, teeth replacement and dental implant surgery options offered by Smile Artistry, please take a look at our list of costs. If you would like to book a professional consultation with one of our staff, please use the convenient online booking form. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, or if you can’t find the information you need on our website.