Dental Implants in Townsville
Dental implants or tooth implants are a fixed solution to a missing tooth. The implantation of the tooth/teeth results in a natural and long-lasting smile that looks and feels normal. It’s almost impossible to distinguish the implant from your existing teeth and at NQ Surgical Dentistry Townsville we want to help you achieve healthy oral health.
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 are Dental Implants/Tooth Implants?
A dental implant utilizes a titanium screw instead of a natural tooth root surgically placed into the jawbone for fitting onto crowns, bridges, and dentures. This solution is useful for replacing one or many teeth.
The Composition of Dental Implants
Osseointegrated dental implants are biologically inert titanium with very little chance of your body rejecting the foreign material. The implants are placed in your jaw under local anaesthetic, with or without sedation. Completed either in the practice or under general anaesthetic in a day surgery unit.
Implant-borne dental crowns are 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 is attached to your implant, it will look and feel like a natural tooth.
The Process of Dental Implants
When you visit NQ Surgical Dentistry in Townsville, Dr Priestland will discuss all the options open to you. He will then 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 necessarily varies extensively between patients depending on their clinical situation. However, integration of the implant into the jawbone requires a healing period of three to six months.
All surgery carries inherent risks and complications and it is especially important that you understand and accept these risks prior to proceeding. This may include seeking a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
A note from Dr Priestland – Dental Implants Townsville
“We have a number of implant systems available to suit all clinical situations. Nowadays, I and my team do not only aim to replace lost teeth but rather we manage the hard and soft tissues in new and innovative techniques to achieve the best possible appearance. Implant dentistry is now not just about replacing teeth, but in addition, it encompasses providing a natural-looking smile, long-term implant stability, improved patient comfort and improving the quality of life for people.”
Our highly experienced in-house dental hygienist, Sharon Everett, provides a FREE appointment at the end of all implant treatments to teach patients how to clean the implants most effectively and ensure they provide many years of good service.