Planning for dental implants focuses on the general health condition of the patient, the local health condition of the mucous membranes and the jaws, and the shape, size, and position of the bones of the jaws, adjacent and opposing teeth. There are few health conditions that absolutely preclude placing implants, although there are certain conditions that can increase the risk of failure. Those with poor oral hygiene, heavy smokers and diabetics are all at greater risk for a variant of gum disease that affects implants called peri-implantitis, increasing the chance of long-term failures. The main reason for getting dental implants is to replace missing teeth. They are fixed solutions, and provide a close approximation to natural teeth function.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where the missing teeth are. The bone then bonds to the titanium providing a stable surface for a dental prosthesis to be placed. There are many types of prosthesis available. This ranges form a single crown to replace a missing tooth, a fixed bridge to replace several teeth or a complete fixed prosthesis to replace all the teeth missing in the jaw.
Placement of dental implants involves a surgical procedure where the implant is placed in your jawbone. A healing abutment is placed over the dental implant, and the dental implant is then left to heal for 3-6 months. The dental implant is then reviewed after this period, and once the implant has been successful, the prosthetic stage of the procedure can begin.
There are many types of prosthesis available. This ranges form a single crown to replace a missing tooth, a fixed bridge to replace several teeth or a complete fixed prosthesis to replace all the teeth missing in the jaw.
We know how important dental care is, and Real Dentistry want you to have access to realistically priced, efficient, and authentic local dentistry – for your whole family. They provide a full range of services including hygiene checkups, restorative treatments, and cosmetic dentistry, so for more information on dental implants, tooth extractions, free dental care for under 18s and teeth whitening please go to www.realdentistry.co.nz .