Dental implants have been shown to provide a very successful and optimal way to replace missing teeth since their first use in the 1960s in Sweden. Implants have become an increasingly common way to replace teeth from a single tooth to a full mouth and changed the way much restorative dentistry is done. Implants commonly replace removable dentures and increase the comfort and function that patients get when they eat, drink, laugh and talk greatly improving quality of life.
Dental implants are pure titanium “screws” that are surgically inserted in the jaw bone and then a porcelain crown is made to ft on top of the implant. The success rate in dental implants has been shown to very high, with 10-year success rates well over 90%. In both the upper and lower jaws.
Before dental implant surgery can be undertaken it is important that a thorough examination of your teeth and jaws are undertaken, this may include x-rays or specialised cone beam scans to give a three-dimensional image of the jaw and possible implant site. This is to ensure that there is sufficient bone to allow the implant to eb placed and to make sure important anatomical features such as nerves are not damaged.
At Drummoyne Dental we offer both surgical and prosthetic sides of dental implant work but will offer referrals to specialist if required. Like all surgical procedures there is some risk and we believe that patients need to be fully informed of the probable success and risks in surgery. The Dental Board of Australia advices that