Dental implants look, feel and act like your own teeth and are actually artificial tooth roots which have a false tooth (crown) attached. The implant is inserted into the jawbone and fuses with the bone and this provides a strong and sturdy base for the town to be attached.
Implants can still be damaged by gum disease – so you have to look after them properly. They don’t actually require any additional special attention – just regular brushing, flossing and check-ups with your dentist.
They are a secure long-term solution for missing teeth, allowing you to smile, talk and eat with confidence. For patients who cannot get on with dentures dental implants are the only option.
As well as being unobtrusive, secure and long-lasting they feel and look exactly like your own teeth – no-one would ever know they weren’t – and you’d never have the embarrassment of them slipping, or falling out – like dentures.
The implant consists of three parts – the implant itself, the crown (false tooth), and the abutment, which attaches the crown to the implant.
The procedure is usually done on two separate visits – the first two fit the implant, and the second to fit the crown and abutment. For some patients it is possible (although rare) to do it in one visit, and for others it may be three visits if a sinus lift is needed.
On your first visit your dentist will open up your gum and drill a hole in the jawbone so the implant can be placed. The gum will be stitched over the implant and is left to heal for at least 3 months. During the healing process the jaw bone will fuse with the implant (called osseointegration), providing a sturdy base for the crown to be attached.
The abutment and crown will be placed on your second visit. Your gum will be opened up and the implant exposed; the abutment placed and the crown screwed or fixed to this. The procedure is complete and you will have a natural-looking new tooth.
You may experience some discomfort, akin to a tooth extraction, and some swelling, but it isn’t painful.
You will need two separate trips – the first for at least five days, and the second for seven. Bone graft patients will need an additional trip.
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A titanium dental implant, abutment and standard crown costs around AUD $3,800 in Australia, but in Karon Beach is AUD $1,480.
Substantial savings can be made for patients having multiple implants.
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