At NovaDental we offer an extensive range of dental implant treatments. We understand that you may be self-conscious about wearing dentures or having missing teeth. The solution to regaining your confidence can be accomplished with dental implants.
The NovaDental dentists’ are very experienced and efficient in providing dental implants that best meet your specific needs.
This solution is ideal if patients are missing teeth or have badly diseased teeth where an extraction needs to take place. If this missing tooth or teeth are not replaced or the gap is not filled, the condition could worsen and leave you with a greater deal of problems leading to further treatments in the future. This could result in crowded teeth and your remaining teeth shifting from their original position.
This treatment is a great alternative to dentures and are the optimal solution to give you the most natural looking restoration possible.
If you are feeling insecure, then dental implants are the perfect option to restore your smile and give you teeth worth smiling about!
What are dental implants?
A dental implant offers a permanent solution to your missing tooth or gap in your smile. A dental implant is a screw-like anchor that is an artificial replacement for your natural tooths root where an imitation tooth is then clipped onto the screw to replicate a natural tooth.
These artificial roots, or screws, are made from oral and medical grade materials, such as titanium, that are appropriate for the human body to ensure the longevity of this treatment. The screw is attached to either the top or bottom jawbone, or in some cases both, and the surrounding gum tissue and provide a stable base for replacement teeth, such as dental bridges, crowns and dentures.
The dental implant treatments that we offer here at NovaDental can be utilised to replace one singular tooth, several missing teeth, or to simply support partial or full dentures. The dentures and crowns remain inside the mouth indefinitely once attached and do not require any adhesive to remain intact so you can continue to live your life without any hindrance.
The dental implant process:
A dental implant treatment can generally take up to several months to heal and bond with your jaw and follows a three step process.
- The expert dentists at NovaDental embeds the implant into the jaw bone and then inserts the titanium screw to prevent any debris and unwanted food particles from entering the gum and implant. It will take anywhere between 3 and 6 months for the implant to fully fuse with the jawbone and remain secure where in the meantime the gum is secured over and around the implant to allow for maximum healing potential.
- Once you have returned to the dentist for your second appointment, the implant is uncovered where an extension is implanted and attached to the screw. This extension is known as the post. Once the gum tissue has time to heal around the post, the post is then the foundation for the artificial tooth to be attached.
- Finally, the expert dentists at NovaDental custom make a crown that best suites and blends in with your natural teeth. The dentists consider all factors of the new tooth, including the size of your natural teeth, the shape and colour to produce the most realistic implant that suites your mouth. Once the crown has been completed, it can then be attached to the post where you can enjoy your new smile. Once this has been achieved, there are very minimal follow up appointments and you can enjoy your new implant without any worries for years to come.
How long does a dental implant treatment take?
The process of inserting a single dental implant can approximately take 1-2 hours, however, you need to make multiple visits to the dental practice to complete each stage of the implant to achieve optimum results.
How long is the recovery time for a dental implant procedure?
There are many factors that can influence the recovery time of your dental implant. As each case is unique and differs depending on the patient’s needs and how many implants they require, the downtime needed to recover may be anywhere between a couple of days to a few weeks. Most patients are pain free and able to live their lives normally after only a few days. You jawbone and gum tissue will take anywhere between 3 and 6 months to fully recover and for the implant to completely bond to the bone.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are one of the safest and most effective solutions for replacing missing teeth. The implants are all made with materials that are suited and are safe for the human body. These dental implants are a strong and safe foundation for missing teeth.
Once the dental implant has been properly inserted and attached to the post, there should be no pain and the implant should feel comfortable. It is important to note that immediately after surgery you may experience some pain and discomfort, however, this will subside in a few days once the healing process has begun. To treat this pain, you may use the help of over the counter pain medication that you know works for you to ease the pain.
As with all dental treatments, there are some side effects that may occur, however, they can all be easily managed. These include:
- Nerve damage
- Injury to, or damage to other teeth or possibly blood vessel
Although these side effects are extremely uncommon, if you contact one of the dental experts at NovaDental as soon as any symptoms occur, they can easily solve these issues.
How long to dental implants last and how are they cared for?
Once inserted correctly and cared for appropriately, these dental implants should last a lifetime. The dental crown, bridge or denture, does have a lifespan however and it generally lasts from 5 to 10 years depending on how well it is cared for.
As there are many variables that occur with dental implants, each circumstance requires different care. The dentists at NovaDental will ensure that you are supplied with the correct products, processed and special brushed to ensure you properly care for your new implant.
Maintaining optimal oral health is vital for caring for and ensuring the longevity of your dental implant. Thoroughly cleaning your mouth and teeth, along with frequent visits to the dentist, your dental implants will be sufficiently looked after, allowing them to be enjoyed for years to come.
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