Dental Implants are metal or ceramic structures that mimic the root of the tooth. They are surgically placed subgingivally and fuse with the jawbone to provide an anchor for a dental prosthesis. Currently, dental implants are the most advanced form of tooth replacement available, surpassing dentures in strength, aesthetics, and function.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
You may be wondering, are dental implants safe? While the possibility of risks is present with any invasive dental surgery, a specific set of criteria is required to be eligible for dental implants.
At the Digital Dental Implant Institute, you will undergo an extensive consultation to determine your eligibility. Dental implants performed on patients who meet the necessary criteria have a success rate of 97-98%.
We use titanium implants, which are biocompatible and safe. It is rare for people to have an allergy to titanium; however, if you are allergic to titanium, we can use ceramic implants instead. These materials improve the chances of dental implant’s success significantly and reduce the risks of infections or rejection.
The DIOnavi Difference
Unlike traditional dental implants surgeries, at Digital Dental Implant Institute, we use the DIOnavi implant system to minimise the number of appointments and time spent in the chair. DIOnavi also reduces the risk of inflammation or infection from dental implants.
At Digital Dental Implant Institute, our “flapless” surgery using DIOnavi lowers the risks of complications from dental implant surgery significantly.
Unlike traditional flap surgery, the gums of the flaps are not reopened two times to insert the dental implants and then the abutments.
There are no sutures needed and there is minimal bleeding. There is a shorter recovery time than with traditional flap surgery methods.
During your initial consultation for dental implants, your Digital Dental Implant Institute surgeon reviews your medical history. During this visit, you will also receive an oral examination to check for any signs of gum disease or issues with the bone density of the jaw.
We perform a 3D scan of your teeth and mouth to create a model of your final results. If you need bone grafts to strengthen your jaw or additional extractions before your dental implants, we schedule these procedures first.
You are given a local anaesthetic, and the DIOnavi system places the dental implants into your jaw. The DIOnavi computerised surgical guide pinpoints the exact location and trajectory of your dental implants, and they are inserted immediately to provide a root-like anchor for the teeth. Some patients may also have their abutments and temporary crowns placed in the same procedure.
While you may feel some pressure or slight discomfort, the discomfort is much less than a tooth extraction. Because we use digital dentistry, we insert the implants in a “flapless” surgery, which means you don’t need sutures.
Once they are placed, your surgeon inspects the site and then makes digital impressions of your mouth. Your temporary crowns are fabricated in our lab that day, and you will go home with same-day teeth while you heal until your final appointment.
After the procedure, your jawbone needs to fuse around the dental implants to provide stability for your prosthetic tooth or teeth. It usually takes 3-6 months for the site to heal. We fabricate your permanent crowns in our laboratory during this time
After the healing period, you return to our practice to have your final crowns placed.
If you have been contemplating whether dental implants are a safe and viable option for you, you should consult with a knowledgeable practitioner. At Digital Dental Implant Institute, we have three surgeons who are highly skilled in the area of dental implants. Call us today on (02) 4058 2836 to book your consultation.