A dental implant offers a permanent and secure solution for replacing one or more teeth.

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 use since the 1990s. Due to improved personal and professional care in the past decade, success rates have risen above 95 per cent. Few forms of medical, orthopaedic or dental treatment achieve such success.

An implant allows people to fill the gap where a tooth is missing or discard a partial denture. It also improves their ability to chew, enhances their appearance and prevents potential wear and tear to the other teeth.

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

WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT

A dental implant serves as an artificial replacement for the root of a missing tooth. A titanium alloy post 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. Because dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they help to 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 situation and jawbone condition. The total treatment time takes between six and 12 months depending on the complexity. The entire procedure can be completed at Withers Dental.

Diagnostic x-rays and a 3D CBVT (Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography) scan will be taken both prior to surgery and throughout the procedure to establish the condition of the underlying structures. Withers Dental uses the latest technology needed for this treatment. Careful and detailed planning is required to identify vital structures such as bone density that may affect the duration and cost of the treatment.

Once the scan is completed, a second appointment will be made to outline costs and a treatment plan.

A surgical guide is used to enable the most precise angulation of the drill during the preparation and placement of the implant. It is achieved using the 3D CBVT together with a 3D intra-oral camera system. These programs give Dr Withers a unique detailed image to work with. He can virtually place the implant with great precision. A personalised surgical guide can then be designed and milled from a Cerec® block. It is then polished and sterilised, ready to be used for the implant placement.

For a dental implant procedure to be successful, the jaw bone must be strong enough to support the implant. If there is not enough bone, more may need to be added with grafting. All bone graft materials used are TGA-approved. Dr Withers will assess your situation and select the most suitable product for you.

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

If you need a dental implant, speak with one of our friendly reception team members who will be happy to help with your inquiry.

Please note: All invasive or surgical procedures carry risks.  Some people may not be suitable candidates for this procedure.  Your dentist will discuss all risks prior to commencing any treatment.

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