What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a great replacement for missing teeth. It is a metal post or frame that imitates an “artificial tooth root” which is surgically positioned into the jawbone under the gums. A custom made crown in then screwed into the post.
What sort of Implants do we use at Divine Smiles? And why?
At Divine Smiles we use Ankylos and Southern Dental Implants. They are made with biocompatible titanium, which means that your jawbone and gums can heal quickly and readily accept the implant as part of the body.
Reasons for selecting an implant to replace a missing tooth
Dental Implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Dental Implants are a permanent solution to help you recapture the health and appearance of your smile after tooth loss. A missing tooth can distract from an otherwise beautiful smile, make you look and feel years older and destroy your confidence. It can also have a negative impact on your overall dental health. How? Surrounding gum tissue will be weakened and can also lead to the deterioration of the jawbone. The remaining teeth may shift, rotate or become crooked and an improper bite may develop.
How do Dental implants work?
The implant is placed directly into the jaw during a minor surgical procedure. Over time the implant fuses to the jawbone and serves as an excellent base for replacing individual teeth. Prior to the commencement of the treatment bone levels are assessed to identify the best treatment plans.
What if the bone levels are poor?
If bone levels are poor then a bone grafting could be considered. This becomes mandatory when there is insufficient bone width or height to accommodate an implant. In most cases here at Devine Smiles we do the bone graft surgery within the practice. For complicated cases you will be referred to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
How do we try to ensure the best outcome for implant treatment?
We use Simplant Software to plan the implant surgery increasing the predictability of the Implant placement and also increasing the predictability of the Grafting procedures. Here at Divine Smiles we are also pleased to offer patients IV Sedation to make treatment virtually pain-free.
IV (Intravenous) sedation, sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, may be an appropriate alternative for patients who are nervous or apprehensive about this treatment. Feeling almost no pain at all, you will be relaxed and at ease throughout the procedure.
Other uses of implants: Anchors to allow placement of crowns and bridges. Good support attachment for removable dentures to allow for more stability. Implant dentures can often make it more comfortable for patients by providing a more secure and snug fit.
When is an implant not a suitable treatment?
Implant therapy may not be possible if the jaw bone is not sufficiently thick to accommodate implants and bone grafting is not possible. Also, implants are not suitable for patients with untreated periodontitis or uncontrolled diabetes, because of the risk of failure through infection or poor healing.
Other medical conditions that rule out the use of implants include blood clotting disorders; certain bone diseases, deficiencies in the immune system, severe systemic illnesses and drug abuse. Smoking is also an important consideration, because smokers heal less efficiently than non-smokers and are more likely to experience loosening of their implants. Quitting smoking will significantly increase your chances of successful implant therapy.
Fantastic clinic skills and training of members of Divine Smiles.
Dr Das: Our Implant surgeon has post graduate qualifications from Goethe University Germany in the field of Implant Dentistry and is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Dr Das also continues upskilling his Implant knowledge by attending Bone Graft courses with leading Gurus in the field like Dr Istvan Urban from the Bone and soft tissue Regeneration Institute at Budapest.
Dr Chitra: Continues on updating her skills with advanced procedures for Denture fabrication. Her Dental Assistant Kim also attends the course with her. Dr Chitra also has added qualifications in the field of Implant Dentistry as she is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Chanelle: Our Implant coordinator attended a course on Basic Implant Dentistry in Sydney recently. This makes our Implant and Denture departments well equipped to treat any clinical situation.
Divine Dental care team: Go through regular training and presentations led by Dr Das, Dr Chitra and Chanelle.
Written by Malavika Malhotra, Oral health therapist and hygienist,
Divine Smiles Dental Clinic