If you feel that your smile is incomplete due to a missing or cracked tooth, we can help. Whether you’re missing several teeth due to an accident or extraction, you’ve chipped a tooth or need a filling, our team at Tooth Crusader can assist you in revitalising not only your smile but your confidence too.
With dental technology improving year on year, our team can now assist you with dental implants, a surgery designed to replace your natural tooth and its roots with metal posts, capped with a crown.
Components of a Dental Implant
Performed in stages and over several months, the dental implant procedure is one that requires your full commitment. There are three pieces that make up a dental implant and each will be fitted at different stages throughout the process. Typically, a dental implant is made up of:
- A titanium screw, otherwise known as the implant. This is a metal post that is surgically screwed into your jawbone and will serve as the ‘root’ of your new prosthetic tooth.
- The abutment which is basically the middle man, connecting the prosthetic tooth to the implant.
- The crown is the cherry on top. Designed to match your own natural teeth, the crown is fitted in the last stage of the dental implant process and can be made from ceramic or porcelain.
These dental implants, though artificial, will look and function much like real ones and although there are many advantages to this procedure, we understand there are still some concerns about the procedure and recovery, so let’s break it out step by step.
Step 1. Dental Examination
To begin, one of our dentists will need to check your dental and medical health to ensure you are eligible for implants. We will be checking the health of your gums and the strength of your jawbone. Although this is minimally invasive, in some cases, we may need to do a bone grafting procedure or tooth extraction to remove damaged areas before moving onto the next steps.
Step 2. Implant Placement
This is where the dental implant process really begins. It begins with a titanium screw being placed into the jawbone just below the gum line. From there, we will allow two to three months for healing where the tissue will grow right up to implant and fuse with it.
Step 3. Abutment Placement
Once you’ve healed from the titanium implant, an abutment (a connecting piece that joins the prosthesis to the implant) will be attached surgically. Again, you will be given time to heal, though this time it will only take about two to three weeks before we can take an impression of your teeth to get the right shape for the crown.
Step 4. Crown Attachment
The crown will be designed to fit you specifically with size, shape, and colour considered in the process. The crown will be attached to the abutment and then you’re off on your merry way with a brand new, complete smile that looks natural.
If you’re unhappy with your smile and think dental implants might be the solution for you, give us a call at Tooth Crusader to see how we can help. We will work with you to provide a solution that you love and ensure the best oral hygiene practices. We can book a consultation to discuss your options and if you decide to go ahead with the procedure, will be available post-care to offer advice.
Give us a call today on (02) 8097 1838 to find out more or to begin the process of a healthier, whiter, brighter smile that is sure to boost your confidence.