It is fairly safe to say that when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, oral implants have been a game changer.
Many people who once had gapped or empty smiles have been able to walk out of dental surgeries post fittings, smiling widely to show the whole world their new set of teeth.
However, when it comes to the actual fitting of the implant, many people become worried; they have heard that anyone who has implants needs to have a separate implant for each tooth which, if you are having an entire set of teeth replaced, equates to a lot of implants!
Luckily, this is not always the case. Dental professionals have developed minimally invasive techniques to help support multiple prosthetic teeth, meaning less time having implants fitted and more time showing off those gorgeous new teeth!
But what procedures are used to ensure that your dental implants in Melbourne stay secure without fittings? Read on to find out!
Depending on your clinical presentation like the amount of jawbone you have, the presence of any gum disease etc., you may not be suitable for certain types of dental implants in Melbourne. This does not mean you cannot have implants, it simply means that your dental practitioner will have to vary the position and type of implant used to fit your new teeth.
Only need a single tooth replaced?
Typically, if you only need a single tooth replaced, you will only need a single implant fitted.
Your dentist will attach the implant (a small titanium screw) to your jaw and then, you will be sent away. As your jawbone needs to grow around the implant to fully secure it, you may have to wait up to six months before you have your prosthetic tooth fitted.
Interestingly, if you need up to 4 teeth in a row replaced, this can also be accomplished using a single implant!
Usually placed roughly in the middle of the gap, your dentist will fit the implant and, much like before, you will have to wait to ensure that the jawbone grows to accommodate it.
Your prosthetic teeth (known as a bridge) will be attached to the implant and then, that previously annoying gap in your mouth will be filled with permanent, durable, realistic teeth!
If you are becoming tired of your dentures rubbing against your gums and causing irritation, there is a way that having implants fitted can help.
Known, very literally, as the ‘all-on-four’ implant, this arrangement will allow you to support an entire set of dentures on only four implants!
Using a scanner and other advanced technologies, your dentist will be able to accurately plot where these implants need to be placed in your mouth, based on variables like jawbone density and your mouth’s natural shape.
Once plotted, the implants will be placed and there will be a slight wait to ensure the implants are secured. Afterwards, your dentures will be attached to the implants, meaning complete stabilisation and no more wobbly dentures!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.