Dental Implants

At Maroondah Dental Care we understand that the loss of a tooth can cause oral and general health concerns, but it can also have an impact on your confidence and self-esteem.

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Some consequences that can result from losing a tooth include:

  • Adjacent teeth on either side of the space and opposing teeth can move out of alignment.
  • Bite and jaw alignment problems may develop
  • Your tooth root helps to maintain jawbone density, gum health and facial muscle elasticity. When teeth are missing, your bone and gum recede.

The development of dental implants has revolutionized dental healthcare and restored the smiles of people all over the world.
Dental implants are developed from medical grade Titanium which is placed in your jawbone to become a substitute for a missing tooth root and a solid foundation to which a crown, bridge, a full or partial denture may be secured.

Undertaking dental implants is a multidisciplinary service involving a team of highly trained professionals and requires meticulous preparation and planning.

Steps involved:

  1. Placement of the implant fixtures is now a routine procedure performed under a local anesthetic for your complete comfort, by a highly qualified Oral Surgeon or Periodontist to whom you will be refered.The oral surgeon or periodontist conduct the surgical assessment and placement of the implant fixtures and post-surgical follow-up.
  2. The Dental laboratory and Ceramist fabricates the crown, bridge or dentures. Shade and aesthetic assessment is conducted at the dental laboratory at the appropriate time.
  3. The Dental Implant Company provide the components and technical support.
  4. We at Maroondah Dental Care manage/arrange the whole treatment plan and conduct the restorative phase (the bit you see!!) of treatment.
Depending on your oral and general health, the process from receiving your implant, bonding with your jawbone through to receiving your new teeth can take between 3-6 months; following your consultation appointment, our dental team will be able to give you a more accurate timeframe.

Prior to the commencement of any treatment, it is very important you are in good oral and general health. You may therefore need to adhere to a strict oral care routine for several weeks before any treatment begins, as the health of your teeth and gums will contribute to the success of your implant treatment. We strongly recommend you quit smoking as this can impede successfully placing an implant and extend your healing time.

We will also conduct a thorough examination of your soft and hard tissues; which will include radiographs to ensure there is enough bone structure and gum thickness to support your implant.

Caring for your implant is just as important as caring for your natural teeth. A regular at home care routine of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing at least once a day in conjunction with regular care appointments with our dental team will ensure the longevity of your implant and natural teeth. Although your new implant is constructed out of Titanium and your restorations are porcelain, both highly biologically inert, there is still a risk of developing peri-implantitis which is similar to gum disease around natural teeth. This is why meticulous home care of the implant is required.

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