Replace teeth with dental implants!

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are used to replace teeth that are missing. They are made of titanium posts which are embedded and fused into the jawbone beneath the gum line.

Artificial teeth are attached to the dental implants which helps support and firmly secure them in place.

Dental implants allows the replacement teeth to restore the necessary functions of natural teeth, for example, it can help you speak, bite, pronounce words and chew like normal.

Who are the most suitable candidates for dental implants

  • Candidates who have good general and oral health with healthy gum tissues.
  • Candidates with a fair amount of bone height for the dental implant to be placed firmly are considered good candidates for the dental implant procedure.

The procedure for dental implants

Before the surgery (Thorough dental check-up and examination of the mouth)

  • A thorough dental examination will be done by our dental professionals at Byron Family Dental.
  • This examination will be done to check the condition of your oral health.
  • X-rays and models of your mouth will also be taken during the examination to detect any oral problems.
  • After the examination is complete, the dentist will be able to determine if you and your oral health is in a good enough condition for the dental implant procedure.

During the surgery (Placement of the dental implant and osseointegration)

  • If you are a suitable candidate for the dental implant treatment, then the next step will be the placing of the dental implant into the jaw bone during a surgical procedure.
  • During the surgery, a local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the affected area.
  • Once the area is numbed and no pain is felt, the titanium dental implants will be embedded inside the jaw bone.
  • The dental implants will need to remain covered inside the gums after it has been placed.
  • In order for complete fusion of the dental implant and the jaw bone to occur, you would need to wait for three to six months after the surgery.
  • This process of fusion for the dental implant and jaw bone is called Osseointegration.

After the surgery (Placing and securing the artificial teeth onto the dental implant)

  • After complete recovery and fusion of the dental implant and jaw bone has taken place, the dental implants will be ready for the attachment of the artificial teeth.
  • The dentist will uncover the dental implants.
  • The bases of the artificial teeth will then be attached.
  • After all bases have been attached, the artificial/replacement teeth will be fixed onto the dental implant.
  • Once the dentist completes the attachments of the replacement teeth, the new set of teeth will then become fully functional.

Some information you need to know about dental implants and their benefits

  • Dental implants can help maintain good dental hygiene and keep your teeth strong and healthy for a long period of time if they are well taken care of.
  • You may clean your dental implants as you would clean your natural teeth. Brush them twice a day with toothpaste that you would usually use to brush your normal teeth.
  • Make sure you try and floss your dental implants after every meal if you can.
  • Dental implants function the same way as natural teeth do, therefore, you are able to speak and pronounce words properly, and eat some of the foods you love.
  • Dental implant are able to prevent your natural teeth, that surrounds the gap of your missing teeth, from shifting into those gaps. It also prevents the deterioration of the jaw bone.
  • It helps support the facial structure of patients who have lost many of their teeth.
  • Dental implant can help reduce the chances of tooth decay.

What are the disadvantages of dental implants?

  • You may experience some pain and swelling after the dental implant procedure is complete.
  • In order to fuse the dental implant to the jaw bone, a surgical procedure is required.
  • It takes approximately six months for the dental implant to fuse with the jaw bone.

Dental Implants in Byron Bay

Can’t stand looking at those gaps of your missing teeth? At Byron Family Dental, we have a solution for you! Replace them with dental implants! Please contact our team at Byron Family Dental for more information.