Dental Implants in Townsville
What is the solution?
There are several ways to replace missing teeth involving dentures, bridges and implants. Dental implants are a common procedure to replace missing teeth nowadays. They can also provide stability to a new or existing denture.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw used instead of a natural tooth root. It is placed surgically into the jawbone onto which crowns, bridges and dentures may be fitted. This is a solution that may be used to replace one or many teeth.
What are dental implants made of?
Osseointegrated dental implants are made from biologically inert titanium so there is very little chance of your body rejecting the foreign material. The implants can be placed in your jaw under local anaesthetic, with or without sedation, in the practice or under general anaesthetic in a day surgery unit.
Implant-borne dental crowns are made from a combination of porcelain, zirconium and or dental gold bonding alloy. They are strong, sturdy and colour-matched to your natural teeth. Once a dental crown in attached to your implant, it will look and feel like a natural tooth.
The dental implant process
When you visit NQ Surgical Dentistry in Townsville, Dr Priestland will discuss all the options open to you and advise you on the most appropriate treatment. In order for implant dentistry to be successful, you will need to have adequate bone volume to accommodate the implant. If, however, you do not have adequate bone volume, Dr Priestland is qualified in various bone grafting techniques to achieve improved bone availability and shape to allow for implant placement.
The number of appointments necessary varies extensively between patients depending on their clinical situation. However, a healing period of three to six months is required for integration of the implant into the jawbone.