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A long-term, fixed, and long-lasting approach to replace lost teeth is dental implants.

They will work, feel, and look exactly like a real tooth, making them one of the most effective methods for tooth replacement.

An artificial tooth root that is firmly fixed into the jawbone to replace a lost natural tooth root is called a dental implant. To close the space left by the lost tooth, a dental crown (fake tooth) is affixed to the top of the implant. Dental implants at DIgital Dental Implant Institute  Gosford replace a lost tooth’s natural look and ability to chew. They may be applied to both the lower and upper jaws.

How are dental implants operated?

A titanium screw known as a dental implant is surgically placed into the mandible to provide anchoring and support akin to that of a real tooth root.

On top of the implant is an abutment, which is a connecting component. The restoration is subsequently finished by affixing a ceramic dental crown to the abutment. Your current teeth will be precisely matched in colour and style by the dental crown.

Dental implants are constructed from a robust titanium alloy that is biocompatible with the mandible and meets medical grade standards. The procedure known as osseointegration occurs when the prosthetic root gradually integrates (biologically connects) with your native jawbone.

Dental crowns: what are they?

A permanent, custom-made restoration is a dental crown. A dental crown is essentially a prosthetic tooth.

To replace a lost tooth, dental crowns are affixed to the top of dental implants via the connecting abutment.

Ceramic, or porcelain, is used to make dental crowns and is a very beautiful material. Your current teeth’s hue and form are perfectly matched to them. A dental crown will have the same appearance, feel, and functionality as a real tooth.

Crowns entirely enclose the visible tooth at and above the gum line when they are bonded into place.

Dental implants’ benefits

The link between your jawbone and teeth is unique.

Alveolar bone, the bone that surrounds your teeth, is only there to support and anchor your teeth in place. The roots of your teeth continually stimulate the bone to sustain itself as you bite on food.

Where the tooth roots formerly were, a hole is left in the jawbone after a tooth is lost. There are no longer any biting forces to activate the bone since the root is absent. Since the bone in that location is no longer required to maintain the tooth in place, the body will naturally start to resorb it over time, causing it to shrink and degrade. This process of shrinkage, known as atrophy, is comparable to the atrophy that occurs when muscles are not utilised or stimulated.

The dental implant gets lodged in the bone and stimulates bone development when it is integrated with the jawbone. Similar to a real tooth root, the implant stimulates the bone internally after it has integrated into the jawbone. This simulates the link between tooth, root, and bone in nature.

One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they limit or stop further bone loss in the jaw and assist in restoring jawbone function.

Procedure of dental implants

Before the process:

Initially, digital radiographs (X-rays) are obtained to help in dental implant design and placement. These images include an OPG (orthopantomogram) and a 3D Cone Beam CT scan. This will enable us to evaluate many aspects, such as your bone density and structure. To guarantee implant vitality, a bone graft, or a bone graft plus sinus lift, may be necessary prior to implant placement, depending on the state of the mandible. 

Implant placement:

The implant screw made of titanium is surgically placed into the mandible. To promote the healing of the surrounding soft tissue (gum), a healing cap is put over the dental implant.

After implantation, the implant is given time to osseointegrate, or fuse with the surrounding bone.

Positioning of the temporary tooth and healing abutment: A healing abutment will take the place of the healing cap. The gum may create a “collar” around the base of the crown (tooth) region thanks to the healing abutment.

You will be given a temporary tooth to wear over the healing abutment for the duration of the healing procedure. We will either employ a suck-down retainer, partial denture, or composite crown, depending on your specific situation. The temporary tooth will match the colour of your actual teeth and seem natural.

Impressions: During your session, an imprint coping will be set on the implant and the healing abutment and temporary tooth will be temporarily removed.

The surrounding teeth and the dental implant are imprinted. Your final abutment and ceramic dental crown are made using these impressions, which are shipped to a dental facility.

At the conclusion of the visit, the temporary tooth and healing abutment will be replaced.

Positioning the last repair:

You will have a cementation appointment when the dental lab delivers your ceramic crown and final abutment. Your final abutment will be installed when the temporary tooth and healing abutment are removed. After that, we’ll make sure the final dental crown and abutment fit properly and that you’re satisfied with the outcome. Following verification, the abutment will either have your permanent ceramic crown screwed into it or bonded onto it.

Are you considering dental implants?

At DDII Gosford Dental Clinic, We provide free dental implant consultations (Xray cost applies)  if you’re interested in finding out whether they’re a good fit for you. We provide dental implant advice and cost estimates during these discussions. 

In the event that you decide to go ahead with dental implant, a thorough consultation is the following step. Your teeth will be thoroughly examined, and digital radiographs (X-rays) such as an OPG (orthopantomogram) and a 3D Cone Beam CT scan will be taken. This will enable us to evaluate many aspects, such as your bone density and structure, in order to determine the dental implants treatment plan for you. 

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