Dental Implants in Adelaide

What are dental implants?

Dental Implants are titanium screws which are inserted into the jaw bone to replace a missing teeth or tooth

The jaw bone integrates (fuses) around the implant, thus creating a very solid, stable fixture

The titanium implant sits in the jaw bone under the gum line

A porcelain crown is attached to the implant to provide a tooth which looks and feels natural

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Why you should use Dental Implants to replace missing teeth

  • Teeth or a tooth supported by implants look natural, feel comfortable & function like natural teeth
  • the jawbone can “shrink” when a natural tooth is lost, making your face look older – implants help to maintain the jawbone
  • implants can improve your smile and increase your confidence
  • tooth/teeth replacement with implants does not involve any preparation of your natural teeth surrounding the missing tooth/teeth

Procedure for placing dental implants

At Quality Dental @ Newton we perform all dental implant procedures from start to finish. You can feel at ease knowing that all stages of your implant treatment will be performed by the same practitioner, familiar with your treatment needs, from start to end. 

Successful dental implant treatment requires thorough planning and a meticulous approach.

  1. Your mouth & teeth are examined thoroughly & x-rays are taken to assess the bone quantity & quality in the area of the proposed implant.
  2. The jaw bone at the site the implant will be placed is prepared with precision instruments to the shape of the implant
  3. The implant is then inserted into the prepared jaw bone site. The bone will grow around & fuse to the implant, forming a solid, stable fixture.
  4. A porcelain crown is ready to be attached to the implant approximately 3-4 months after initial insertion of the implant. A temporary tooth can be provided during this 3-4 month period.

Dr John Santillo at Quality Dental @ Newton has undertaken numerous courses in implant dentistry & provides safe, state of the art dental implant treatment.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr Santillo if you are considering dental implants.

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Benefits of denture stabilization with implants

Unstable dentures can cause a constant state of discomfort and difficulty with speaking, chewing and smiling.

These problems can be overcome by stabilizing your dentures using a few dental implants. This will allow your dentures to be held firmly in place, allowing you to eat & speak properly, and smile with confidence, knowing that your dentures won’t move around in your mouth.

Procedure for implant retained dentures

  1. Your existing dentures can be used if they are sound, otherwise new dentures are made first
  2. Implants are inserted into the jaw bone (usually 2 implants for lower dentures & 4 implants for upper dentures) and are allowed to integrate (bond) into the bone for 3-4 months. Your existing dentures can be used during this time.
  3. After the implants have integrated, precision attachments are inserted into your dentures which will securely click onto the implants to provide a stable, firm connection. You can still remove your dentures to clean them.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

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The overall success rate of a dental is about 98% or higher. This is because it is a relatively simple procedure. Though, this can vary depending on the specifics of your situation. As always, your dentist will need to come up with a proper treatment plan based on your specific condition.

Discomfort is rarely reported among patients. While you may experience moderate discomfort immediately following the surgery, this will generally pass within a day or two. This simply due to soreness around the site of the surgery.

Sometimes, dentists will recommend that you take over-the-counter pain medications, such as over the counter pain medication, to reduce any minor discomfort or aches.

Dental implants do not require any specific care, other than regular dental check-ups. You will continue to follow proper oral hygiene habits, including proper brushing and flossing techniques. Your dentist will also likely recommend that you use an antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent infection.

No, you cannot use a single implant for multiple teeth. Each implant will has the ability to hold one crown. Two implants are required to secure a partial bridge or a full dental bridge. To secure an upper or lower denture, four to six implants are used.

As mentioned, dental implant procedures are common and relatively easy. But, there is always a potential for certain risks or side effects. This may include infection, nerve damage, or sinus problems – if the upper jaw implant reaches the sinus cavities. Infection can occur if bacteria enters the site of the surgery. Nerve damage is generally the result of the surgery and may require further work to repair.

The dental implants will generally last between 5 and 15 years, depending on your oral hygiene routine. Though, some people can keep their implants for a lifetime. It really depends on how you care for your teeth.

When the surgery is performed, anaesthesia will be used to sedate the patient. You will not experience any pain during the procedure. After the surgery, as the anaesthesia begins to wear off, you may experience minor discomfort or pain. As mentioned, over-the-counter pain relievers can help treat these minor aches.

There may be minor bleeding near the surgery site. The stitches should dissolve within a week. In the event that they do come loose before this, then you might need to visit the dentist.

Any swelling that you experience should go away within one to two days. A cold compress may be used to help treat the swelling. Additionally, your head should be elevated while lying down.

As discussed, dental implants are sometimes used to support dentures. Traditional dentures rest against your gums. An adhesive may be used to provide stability. But, these dentures can still slide around. This can also lead to damage to the gums.

With dental implants for dentures, the dentures will not slip or slide. They are secured in place and most denture wearers prefer the stability that this provides.