What Is A Dental Implant Restoration?
Dental implant restorations are the most successful form of treatment available for the replacement of missing teeth. Implant restorations offer you teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Loose and uncomfortable dentures can now be replaced with something that is permanent and feels like part of you.
Implant restorations are medical-grade titanium screws placed into the jawbone as a substitute for a missing tooth root. They are allowed to integrate naturally with the bone (a process called osseointegration) before a crown, bridge or fixed denture is fitted to replace one or more missing teeth, thus eliminating the need for uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures.
Dental implant restorations may be needed for a variety of reasons including trauma, decay or gum disease. Missing teeth can cause the lips and face to collapse, giving a premature aged appearance, as the bony structure that was once supporting a tooth or teeth have deteriorated.
Am I A Candidate?
Most patients, who are in good general health with good oral hygiene, are suitable for dental implant restorations. However, not every patient may be suitable for implant restorations. A thorough assessment will be conducted on an individual case basis. Some conditions that may prevent patients from suitability include:
- Type II diabetes
- Lack of adequate bone density
- Alcohol-related problems
- Psychiatric disorders
Dentistry in Canterbury will consult with you suitability and offer alternatives available if you are deemed not suitable for implant restorations.
What Are The Benefits?
There are many benefits when receiving implant restorations. They can be classified as:
Improved Comfort And Function
Dental implant restorations eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Dental implant restorations function in a similar way to natural teeth.
Besides good function, implant-supported teeth are designed to look like natural teeth to both you and others.
Improved Speech, Eating And Confidence
With dental implant restorations, you know your teeth are stable while eating and you are able to speak without impediment. As well, the sore gums and bulkiness sometimes associated with dentures are eliminated.
Protect Your Remaining Natural Teeth
Dental Implant Restorations can help maintain your bone structure and support your facial tissues. Loss of teeth leads to bone shrinkage and a sunken facial appearance.
- Improved appearance
- Improved comfort and speech
- Improved self-esteem
- Eat what you want
- Smile with confidence
- Maintain healthy adjacent teeth
- Long-term results
- Preserve jawbone
- Better overall health and quality of life
The procedure for receiving a dental implant restoration is usually a two-stage process with the first step involving a minor incision in your gum to place your implant restorations into your jawbone, taking between 1-2 hours. This procedure is conducted under a local anaesthetic ensuring you are completely comfortable, with many people reporting very little to no discomfort and will often return to work or their normal routine the next day. There are some patients who may experience post-surgical soreness and minor swelling. This can often be relieved with everyday over-the-counter pain relief medication.
Once your implant restoration has been placed, the incision is closed with a couple of stitches, some are dissolving and some will need to be removed, our dentist will discuss the most appropriate for you.
After the placement of your implant restoration, it is left to heal and fuse with your jawbone, during which time a temporary crown or bridge can be placed, allowing for full mouth function and smile appearance. Once healed, your temporary teeth are removed, replaced with your new permanent teeth so you can enjoy a rejuvenated, healthy, natural-looking new smile.
Depending on your current oral and overall health, the process from receiving your implant restoration, bonding with your jawbone and receiving your new teeth can take between 3 – 6 months; following your assessment appointment, our dental team will be able to give you a more accurate timeframe.