If you were to ask a dentist what is the most impressive innovation in dentistry this century, it’s highly likely they would say dental implants. Touted as a permanent solution to missing teeth, implants consist of two separate procedures and once fitted, they should last a lifetime.
Titanium is a wonder metal and one of its amazing properties is that it bonds very well with human bone and tissue. The first stage of the implant treatment involves inserting titanium pins into the patient’s jawbone. Computer technology is used to determine the optimum pin location; a single tooth would have a single titanium pin, while a full set of upper implants would typically have 4 pins, which provide the essential anchor for the prosthetic teeth.
Once the titanium pins have been fitted, a period of 4-6 weeks is required for the metal to bond with the bone and gums. After which, the dentist is ready to attach the prosthetic teeth. During the waiting time, the dentist would fit a temporary set of dentures to protect the pins and he would schedule you to return on a specific date for the final procedure to be carried out.
Fitting The Prosthetic Teeth
Whether a single or multiple crowns, the unit would have been prepared by the dentist and after some preparation, the unit is ‘dry fitted’ to check the fit. If all is well, a special adhesive is used to firmly attach the crown(s).
Full Denture Replacement
Implants are the perfect solution for those who wear dentures and while this is never going to be cheap, it does offer a permanent solution and therefore, is very appealing. No more removing your teeth at night and while there are special procedures to look after your implants, you brush and floss as normal. If you would like to learn more about full denture replacement, locate a local dentist who specialises in cosmetic dentistry and they would be happy to give you an examination and present the options to you.
Not everyone is suitable for dental implant treatment, some people have inadequate bone structure in the jaw and in cases such as this, bone can be grafted from another part of the body. If you would like to get rid of your dentures and choose a permanent solution, you can enquire about the cost of dental implants in Sydney or anywhere else in the world where you are located through a Google search. Book an appointment to have an initial examination to check for suitability.
If a bone graft is not possible, there is another form of anchoring the implants that uses thin wire to create a mesh that sits directly on the gum line. Although this is rarely used, it can be the answer for some people.
Once the treatment is complete, you can care for your implants as you would your natural teeth, brushing and flossing as normal. Dental implants cannot be removed. If you take care when eating, your new teeth should last at least 20 years, if not longer.