At Fenton Dental, implants are a common procedure that are usually completed quickly and are a good choice when a tooth is lost.
Before getting dental implants in Mooloolaba, it’s a good idea to consider the process and how the dental implants work so that you can be sure you’re making the right decision for your dental health.
Talk to us and we’ll help you consider the following before you choose dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is basically a rod placed into the bone of the jaw onto which a fake tooth is attached.
The rod is surgically implanted under the gums to provide a sturdy base for attaching the tooth.
Unlike a bridge, the implant doesn’t have to be attached to another tooth. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or several.
How implants are done
The general time frame for an implant is 5 to 6 months, which is fairly quick when compared to using braces or other devices to improve the smile.
However, if bone needs to be built up first, the entire process can take up to a year.
The first step in the process involves an incision being made in the gum, the bone being drilled to accommodate the rod, the rod being placed, and the incision being closed.
After a couple of weeks, a healing cap is placed on the rod to complete healing, which involves another incision being made.
Once healing is finished, the cap is removed, the abutment is placed and the crown in also placed.
Caring for implants
Surgery in your mouth requires special care to prevent an infection or further problem.
That means keeping the incision clean and coming back to see us at Fenton Dental as often as recommended to check-ups.
Once the implant process is complete, you will care for the implant as you would a natural tooth.
That means brushing twice and day and flossing once a day to keep the area clean and healthy.
In most cases, a dental implant is made to match the colour of the teeth around it so that it blends.
However, sometimes this isn’t possible, and the implant may be more noticeable.
You can expect a dental implant to last about 25 years, provided you take proper care of it.
Our experts at Fenton Dental are happy to answer any questions you have about getting dental implants in Mooloolaba.
Contact us by filling in our contact form or giving us a call.
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