Are Dental Implants the Procedure for You?
Learn about dental implants and their role in dental restoration
If you have one missing tooth or perhaps a few more, there’s no need to worry. Gentle Dental Care offers a comprehensive range of dental care services that cater to your needs, help restore and improve your oral health as well as boost your confidence. Dental implants may be the perfect solution for you and your smile. Get in touch with our friendly team today for your free consultation or read further to find out how implants can help you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are usually manufactured from titanium, giving them longevity and durability. They are a safe and effective replacement for tooth roots. The implant is placed into the jawbone, fusing it with your natural bone and forming a firm foundation for your replacement teeth. This is a procedure that should only be carried out by qualified dentistry professionals.
Types of implants
There are two varieties of dental implants:
These implants are placed in the jawbone and are the most frequently used type of implant.
These implants are placed under the gum but above the jawbone. This variety of dental implants is used on patients who have a shallow jawbone and would rather not go through with the jaw rebuilding procedure.
Are you a candidate?
For the most part, if you have lost one or more teeth, you are a candidate for dental implants. However, due to the inherent risks in surgery the ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:
- Healthy teeth and gums
- Adequate bone density in order to support the implants
- Have a healthy dental care routine
- Doesn’t smoke or is willing to quit smoking
- Doesn’t suffer from diabetes or autoimmune disorders that can negatively impact your ability to heal post-procedure.
Sinus augmentation and bone
- What is it?
Sinus augmentation, also called ‘a sinus lift’ is a surgical procedure performed on the upper jaw sinus cavity involving bone grafting. It is used to enable dental restoration in patients who do not have enough natural bone to successfully provide a foundation for dental implants. The bone grafting process ensures you achieve the adequate bone height needed for dental restoration by dental implants.
- The procedure
A qualified surgeon will make an incision on the gum tissue where your back teeth once were. This will allow the surgeon to lift the tissue, exposing the bone. There a small window will be opened in the bone. The membrane that lines the sinus, effectively separating your sinus from your jaw is gently pushed up and away from your jaw.
Afterwards, bone material is then packed into the space vacated by your sinus. Once the bone is in place the tissue is stitched back together again with your implants being placed four to nine months later. This allows the bone-graft material to merge with your natural bone. The duration of this process will vary with the amount of bone needed.
We offer the following in-house treatments:
- All-On-4 dental implants procedure
- All-On-6 dental implants procedure
- Standard dental implants
- Sinus augmentation
Make an appointment to speak to one of our professionals about your dental requirements. Our dentists will be able to provide you with a treatment plan and quote to help make your decision making process easier.