Dental implants incorporate metal posts that replace your tooth root. Once it is in place, a crown (artificial tooth) is put on the post’s extension of the implant, providing you with the look and feel of a real tooth. Many people in Sydney wonder about the procedure, and it can help to understand it a little more, to determine if it is right for you.
Why Do It
Dental implants in Sydney work well for those who have at least one missing tooth. However, if you’ve lost all your teeth due to disease or illness, you can still get an implant for each tooth that is gone. You must have enough bone to secure your implant and have healthy oral tissues. The bone will need to heal appropriately, so you shouldn’t have certain health conditions. Your dentist will help you determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved. While problems are rare, they can happen. For example, infections at the implant site may occur, as well as injury to surrounding teeth and blood vessels. In extreme cases, nerve damage can also happen, though this is very rare. If you choose someone with experience, you’re less likely to have any problems.
The first step is the removal of the damaged or diseased tooth. In some cases, your tooth is already gone, so this may not be necessary.
The jawbone is then prepared for the surgery, which can include bone grafting. Once your jawbone heals from the grafts and other preparations, a surgical procedure is performed to place the metal post into the jawbone. This must also heal, taking six months. Once you’ve healed appropriately, the surgeon will place a cap or crown over the protrusion, your new tooth.