Professional Dental Implants Services in Victoria
Dental implants are artificial roots made of titanium and inserted into the jaw in place of the natural tooth. The artificial tooth is then attached to this implant. Once correctly installed, dental implants look just like real teeth. Implants are currently used in several situations that we didn’t have great solutions for previously, such as stabilizing dentures, replacing individual teeth, replacing entire arches, and anchorage for orthodontics. With advances in our understanding of the biological process behind dental implant integration and technological improvements, implant use has become a routine part of dental treatment. It is considered the standard of care in many situations.
At My Victoria Dentist, our dentists can advise you on whether dental implants suit you. Our clinic only uses the best implants available on the market and we are constantly upgrading our training to stay current as technology and new clinical techniques develop. For more information regarding dental implants in Victoria, please contact us.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Any person in good health can get dental implants. However, some situations can make a successful outcome less predictable. For example:
Uncontrolled periodontal disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and smoking can limit the ability of the implant to fully integrate with the bone.
If the teeth have been missing for a long time, there may not be enough bone to support an implant without a bone graft.
A small percentage of people have sensitivity to certain metals, which can limit the options for what type of implant can be used. In some cases, a metal-free implant must be used as an alternative.
Experience the Dental Implant Procedure: A Journey to a Confident Smile
Embark on a transformative dental journey with the implant procedure, carefully tailored to restore your smile's natural beauty. Through a series of visits over several months, our skilled professionals will guide you through the following steps:
Comprehensive assessment: Detailed X-rays and precise impressions are taken to evaluate the condition of your jaw, teeth, bone density, gum tissue, and spacing. This thorough analysis allows us to determine the ideal placement for your implant.
Surgical precision: With your comfort ensured through numbing, the implant is expertly placed into the jawbone, allowing it to heal and seamlessly integrate for up to six months.
Customized approach: Depending on the implant type, a second surgery may be required to attach the "post," acting as the anchor for your artificial tooth. Alternatively, some implants have the post and anchor already combined, simplifying the process.
Crafting perfection: Following a healing period of several weeks, our team fabricates and customizes your artificial teeth, ensuring an impeccable fit to the post. Multiple fittings may be necessary, taking approximately one to two months to achieve optimal results.
Unwavering stability: Once fully healed, your artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, delivering unparalleled stability and comfort. Rejoice in a confident smile that stands the test of time.
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Single Tooth Replacement
A tooth has two main parts. What you see above the gum is called a clinical crown. What you don’t see, hiding below the gum tissue, is the root(s). The implant functions as the root of a tooth, and a ceramic crown attaches to the implant to replace the natural clinical crown. Implants are made of titanium alloy and/or zirconia and are roughly cylindrical. An implant is inserted into the bone to replace a missing tooth and given time to integrate. How much time is mostly dependent on the quality of the bone that it is inserted into, but in most cases, the implant is integrated in 2 to 4 months. Once the implant is properly integrated, the top of the implant is exposed, and either an impression or an intra-oral digital scan is made, from which the crown is made. The crown is custom designed for your mouth and is rigidly attached to the implant.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Replacing multiple missing teeth with implants is a wonderful way to replace teeth that have been lost. Usually, this is done using an implant-supported bridge which connects multiple implants with a ceramic bridge replicating missing teeth. Replacing each missing tooth with its own implant is not usually necessary or advisable. In most cases, several teeth can be replaced with only two or three implants.
Full Arch Replacement
When replacing all the teeth in an arch with implants, considerable planning and thought are put into your desired outcome. There are many ways to replace teeth using implants. The most popular options are a full arch porcelain bridge, a traditional denture stabilized by implants, or a friction-fit prosthetic called Conus. All options have their endearing qualities and drawbacks. A full arch porcelain bridge is usually supported by 6 implants and is rigidly fixed to the implants using small screws. The aesthetics are outstanding, but it is costly and challenging to perform hygiene. A traditional denture can be fabricated and stabilized with attachments called locator abutments that engage the implants. Either two or four implants are used to stabilize a denture. Four implants allow the palate to be removed from the denture. The locator abutments prevent the denture from moving or dislodging during chewing, but the denture is easily removed for cleaning. Conus prosthetics combine the stability of the full arch porcelain bridge with the ease of cleaning a removable prosthetic. The teeth are mounted on custom-designed abutments that extend from the implants and form a rigid friction fit.
If you have an existing denture that moves or comes loose when chewing or talking, implants can help stabilize the denture and prevent it from moving. This can usually be done with either a full denture or a partial denture. In many cases, your existing denture can be used to attach to implants using snaps called locator abutments. With the palate covered, two implants can be used to keep the denture stable for an upper denture. If you want to remove the palate, four implants are needed for stability.