Dental Implants

At QV1 Dental we are fortunate to have an in-house dental surgeon who comes to our practice regularly. During his time at our practice he consults and treats cases such as wisdom teeth or complex extractions and placement of dental implants.

Missing teeth can often be detrimental to a person's smile. These unsightly 'gaps' play a big role in bringing down a person's confidence to smile and interact at social engagements.

Missing teeth have another effect – a structural one. When one tooth is missing often the teeth either side of it will cave in, much like when you remove a book from the middle of a bookcase. The books either side of it will tilt and collapse into the open space. Teeth work in a similar way. Missing teeth also negatively affect a person's bite. By this we mean, as a chewing surface. Every tooth in your smile has a purpose and when one is missing the structure and function of the surrounding teeth.

What can be done to 'fix' missing teeth?

A commonly known treatment option is a denture, either a metal or acrylic appliance that a patient will wear for the rest of their life. While dentures suit many people, there are some patients who prefer a more permanent solution.

Dental Implants – A titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jaw bone to act as the root of a tooth. It is finished with a porcelain crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

In the image to the right, you can see how the dental implant is made to be as close to a natural tooth as possible.

Dental implants can be used to:
  • Give back confidence to a patients smile!
  • Replace missing teeth.
  • Replace a tooth that is heavily broken down and needing to be extracted.
  • To adjust the bite and alleviate jaw discomfort.
  • Enhance facial structure changes caused by missing teeth.
  • To anchor a denture in place – making it more structurally sound.
  • To secure a bridge unit, lessening the number of implants required (see figure to the left).

The possibilities when using dental implants are many. It is always best to speak with the dentist to find out all your options.

Tell me more!

While it sounds simple, a dental implant takes a lot of careful consideration and planning. From start to finish it requires a number of appointments over a period of 3-4 months. During the in-between stages some patients will opt to have a temporary denture or guard to hide the gap in their smile.

First imaging and study models are taken to measure, analyse and plan the implant process. Factors such as available space, jaw bone density and gum stability are all taken into account when planning for a dental implant.

From there the process can begin…

  • Extraction of the offending tooth (if the implant is replacing an existing tooth).
  • The technique is to then surgically place the implant screw within the jaw socket. The surgery is performed under local anaesthetic, with either oral calmative medication, or under IV sedation.

(The surgeon will discuss with you what will make you most comfortable, depending on the complexity of the procedure and how you feel in general).

After the initial surgery the implant site will need time to heal. It is during this time that the jaw bone will bond with the implant screw.

Once the healing process is complete the dentist can start planning for the crown that will be attached to the implant screw.

  • Impressions are taken of the implant site and sent with a plan to a dental lab that will make the crown that is attached to the implant screw.
  • 3-4 weeks later the crown can be attached to the implant screw.

The end result is something that resembles and "works" the same way the original tooth did. It is often difficult to tell, even from a close examination, an implant from a "natural" tooth.

A dental implant is deemed a 'long term' treatment option. However due to normal daily wear, tightening or even replacement may be necessary.

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