Implants are made of titanium or titanium alloys. We use Straumann dental implants at Pymble dental practice, which have increased strength from a zirconia addition, as well as a patented surface coating to encourage faster healing.
When a single missing tooth is not replaced, there are several possible and usual consequences.
- Drifting of the teeth either side of a gap
- Overeruption of the tooth which used to bite against a missing tooth
- Recession of the gum of the adjacent teeth
- Loss of bone in the jaw where the tooth used to be
- Diminished chewing function
- Facial collapse when many teeth are lost and not replaced.
- Compromised look and smile.
Dental implants are the preferred way to replace missing teeth. However, there are alternatives to dental implants, each with pros and cons. The more common alternatives to implants are
Dentures: removable devices to replace a single or several teeth
Bridges: either bonded (made from filling material) or indirect (porcelain, gold, zirconia) bridges, are a suspended tooth or teeth supported by natural roots either side of a gap. Simply put, it is three or more crowns fused together with natural teeth only supporting the outer crowns.
No treatment: Sometimes, understanding the risks and complications is enough. It may not always be necessary to replace a missing tooth. At Pymble Dental Practice we pride ourselves on honesty, and will never undertake a treatment unless absolutely necessary and beneficial to our patients.
Dental implants require a number of appointments over a period of weeks to months to complete. These appointments include:
1. Treatment planning including 3D x ray of jawbone, models, discussion of expectations, risks, complications and success rates.
2. Implant surgery. This is done at Pymble Dental Practice under local anaesthetic and with or without sedation. Each surgery is unique and will be explained in great detail before commencement, and is planned to be the least invasive in order to get the best result. Temporary teeth by way of a bonded bridge or removable device can be used to disguise the gap in the healing phase
3. Review appointment- 2 weeks after the surgery we like to ensure good intial healing by way of a 15-30 minute review/
4. “osseointegration”- a healing phase where the bone knits to the implant screw. The patient does not need to come into the office during this phase.
5. Impressions for the crown or dental prosthetic. Putty or digital moulds are taken to help our Sydney based technicians craft a beautiful and naturally congruent tooth or set of teeth to be attached to the implant.
6. Insertion of the dental implant prosthesis. There is normally no injections required at this appointment.
Dental Implants can be placed by appropriately qualified general dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons and oral maxillofacial surgeons. Dentists at Pymble Dental Practice always operate within their scope and competency, to ensure a safe and quality treatment. We work closely with specialists in order to provide the best treatment plans carried out by the best professionals.