Dental implants are the best substitutes for natural teeth.  An implant offers a permanent and secure solution for replacing one or more teeth.

A dental implant replaces a tooth root that is integrated into the jaw bone.  Implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses including crowns, implant-supported bridges and dentures. A typical implant consists of a titanium screw with a roughened or smooth surface.

Implants have been in existence for at least 25 years. For the past 10 years however, with proper personal and professional care success rates have risen above 95%. Few forms of medical, orthopaedic or dental treatment achieve such great success.

People often choose to replace an unsalvageable or missing tooth in order to discard a partial denture, improve their ability to chew, enhance their appearance and prevent potential wear and tear to remaining teeth.

Please note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriate qualified health professional.

What is an Implant

A dental implant serves as an artificial replacement for the root of a missing tooth. A post made of titanium alloy is fused with the jaw bone to act as an anchor for a replacement tooth, crown or denture. Once the post has been fully fused and the permanent replacement tooth attached, the implant appears natural and fully integrated into the mouth. Dental implants can be the best solution to the problem of missing teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they can prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompanies bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know you have a replacement tooth.

Treatment

Dr Andrew Withers will tailor a treatment plan to your specific situation and the condition of the jawbone. The total treatment time can take six months to more than a year depending on the complexity.

Diagnostic x-rays and a CT scan will be obtained prior to surgery and throughout the procedure to establish and maintain the condition of the underlying structures. Careful and detailed planning is required to identify vital structures such as bone density that may affect the duration and cost of the treatment.

For a dental implant procedure to work the quantity and quality of the jaw bone must be strong enough to support the implant. If there is not enough bone, more may need to be added with a bone graft procedure.

Withers Dental provides a thorough examination and once the case has been assessed, a second appointment will be made to discuss cost and treatment.

The process does require minor surgery; this can be performed by certified clinicians as an outpatient under general anaesthesia, oral conscious sedation or local anaesthesia.