To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, our dentists at Deloraine Dental are proud to offer dental implants for their patients in Deloraine and Northern Tasmania. Dental implants are titanium (or ceramic) screws strategically placed in your gums and jawbone to act like the root of the tooth. One or more implants can be attached to a crown, bridge, milled bar or denture for a beautiful restoration that can be cleaned like natural teeth. At our practice, we utilize dental implants as a part of restorative, cosmetic, and periodontal dental treatments. Schedule a consultation with Dr Kim to get more information on dental implants at Deloraine Dental. Dental implants may help if you don’t want to deal with loose crowns or removable dentures. Talk to one of our dental professionals about what your smile goals and decide if implant dentistry is a good choice for you.
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Implants can replace one or several lost teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer implant dentistry if you have a removable or cemented dental restoration, but don’t like the look, fit, or if there’s extra care needed. Dental implants can be treated just like your normal teeth with regular brushing and flossing. At your dental implant consultation, your Deloraine Dental dentist will assess the health of your gums and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If needed, a gum or bone graft may be completed before the implant is placed to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or are being treated for another issue such as periodontal disease.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Before the dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted, as well as gum and bone grafts. When your mouth is ready for dental implant surgery, the treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthesia. Other anesthesia or sedation can be used to relax you during the treatment. Your dental surgeon may start by making a surgical incision in your gums so the implant can be placed in your jawbone. The incision will be stitched closed with some of the dental implant visible above the gumline. This process will continue if more than one implant is needed. As the implant integrates with jawbone over the following months, a temporary crown or cover will be placed over the implants.
Alternatively, your surgery can be digitally planned and the implant can be placed with very minimal incision or sometime no incision at all. This can dramatically shorten the treatment time and improve accuracy and post operative discomfort.
Once your dental surgeon decides that the dental implant is strong enough, the permanent restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) will be attached to the implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
There may be some temporary swelling of your gums and face, as well as bruising, discomfort, and some minor bleeding following your dental implant surgery. Your dentist will talk to you about what’s to be expected and when to contact our office. They may also give you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. After your implants have healed and your restoration has been attached, you should develop a good home oral care routine like daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and bi-annual cleanings at Deloraine Dental so that we can evaluate the health of your mouth and implants. Your dentists will also talk to you if your implants or restorations need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced