The five stages of dental implants in Perth
If you have lost a tooth or two, or are about to, chances are you will have heard about dental implants in Perth. These miracles of dental technology provide a stable, secure and long-lasting restoration. They are the only way of restoring teeth that replaces the root as well as the crown. This gives them the same chewing power as natural teeth, so there’s no need to avoid sticky or crunchy foods.
So, you’ve heard about the great benefits, you’re sold on getting an implant to restore your smile, what’s the next step?
Here at Elite Perio, there are five stages to our treatment plan for dental implants in Perth:
The first step is for our implant dentist Dr Mahnaz Syed to give you a detailed examination. You may need a CT scan to build up a highly detailed and accurate image of your jaw and teeth. If this is the case, Dr Syed can refer you to have this work done.
Not all patients will need to go through this stage. If you are in good oral health, then you may not need any extra work. If you have active gum disease, this will need to be treated before implants can be placed. Or it may be that you have low density in your jawbone. If this is the case, you can build this up with a bone graft or sinus lift.
The implant is placed into the jaw during a minor surgical operation, taking around an hour. Local anaesthesia is used, and nervous patients can opt for sedation to help stay calm. It may sound daunting, but it’s actually less painful than a filling, as the jawbone has fewer nerves endings than the teeth.
Your implant will need to be left for several weeks to heal and integrate with the jawbone. Although this takes a while, it’s so worth it in order to have many years of strong and secure teeth.
After healing is complete, your new permanent crown can be placed. Implants are long-lasting but need to be maintained in the same way as natural teeth: with regular brushing and flossing and twice-yearly check-ups.