Same day teeth
There are not many dental procedures that enable you to walk into the dental practice with a broken smile and potentially walk out an hour or so later with a full, happy and healthy smile. Luckily with modern advances in both dental technology and knowledge, restoring the smile after tooth loss no longer has to be a long drawn out process, but in some cases can be completed within one appointment for dental implants Melbourne. Smile restoration has never been more simple.
What is a tooth implant?
When discussing dental implants it is important to understand what exactly they are. Quite simply put, they are small titanium screws which are inserted into the jawbone to provide a secure and stable base for the restored or replenished tooth. These small, titanium posts can be a secure fixture for one tooth or multiple teeth enabling patients to rest assured that their smile will remain stable for many years, thus allowing them full functionality of their teeth and mouth for normal, necessary everyday activities.
How many screws would I need for multiple teeth?
As the implant requires sufficient bone to regenerate around the screw it would be unrealistic to have an individual screw per tooth. For those suffering from multiple tooth loss in a row one screw can be used for a bridge of up to four teeth. This ensures that the jawbone has sufficient depth to secure the new tooth or teeth and enables those with multiple tooth loss to still receive a sense of security with their new smile.
Is this procedure carried out over multiple appointments?
As with all procedures and treatments the length of time it takes entirely depends on the individual patient. There are various aspects which may affect the procedure such as insufficient bone depth, poor oral hygiene or severe tooth loss. In some cases one appointment can be a sufficient amount of time for the screw to be implanted into the bone and a temporary tooth restoration attached whilst the area heals further. Several weeks later another appointment can occur where the permanent tooth is put in place. This however, does not suit every individual case and therefore it is important to understand that whilst dental implants are considered to be a minimally invasive procedure, the length of time to gain your replenished smile will vary from patient to patient. In all cases this will be discussed with you by your dental team so rest assured you will be kept up to date from start to finish.
If I have an insufficient bone structure can I still have an implant?
For this particular treatment the jawbone is an essential aspect of the procedure and therefore will be assessed by the dental team before any procedure begins. For those lacking in depth it does not mean that the procedure becomes completely impossible. In some cases a bone graft may be an option, but your dental team will discuss this with you if this is the case.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.