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Dental Implants & Bone Grafting Breakdown

Dental Implants & Bone Grafting 

Losing a tooth is an emotional journey for any patient, and the thought of a removable denture plate to replace the tooth is too much to bear for many.

Luckily technology advancements in dentistry have made permanent tooth replacement solutions far more predictable, reliable and better value than ever. 

Dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement solution in many cases due to the fact that the replacement tooth stands alone and the other teeth in the mouth are not compromised, unlike a dental bridge or sometimes even a partial denture.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is splint into two parts, a surgical component, and a prosthetic competent. The surgical part involves a titanium (or zirconia) fixture that is surgically placed into the jaw bone, and allowed to heal for a period of 12 weeks on average. During this healing period the body grows and fuses its bone to the implant, a process called osseo-integration, and this provides a solid stable base onto which we can attach a tooth. 

Once the healing period has occured, and the implant has integrated in to the jaw bone successfully, a connection is attached and impressions are taken for the final prosthesis (crown). 

The crown is attached a couple of weeks later, and full function of the dentition is restored.

Implants are a very predictable restoration, with success rates averaging over 95%, but perfect hygiene must be kept to prevent gum disease affecting the bone surrounding the implant. Regular check ups and clean are therefore imperative to the long term success of a dental implant.

In some cases, there is not sufficient bone to place the titanium implant into. We would know this after looking at the 3D CBCT X-ray image provided by the patient. Bone grafting is necessary in these cases to re grow the bone to a sufficient width and height to accomodate a dental implant.

This extra surgery usually requires its own healing period of 3 to 12 months, and the dentist will discuss the grafting options available that are suitable for your case

Do Dental Implants hurt?

As with all surgery, there will be a period of healing and discomfort, but this normally only lasts a couple of days, and can be managed by pain relief.

We offer free consultations for anyone interested in dental implant permanent tooth replacement solutions, so call up today and we will find a suitable time for you.