When patients want the tooth-replacement option that is closest to having their natural tooth again, we often recommend a dental implant. Since dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, they are a reliable and long-term solution to missing teeth.
Our Toowoomba dentists, Dr Leanne Welsh and Dr Rachael Milford, are experienced in the entire dental implant process, providing patients with exceptional outcomes.
Dental Implant Procedures
Dental implants require a few essential phases of treatment.
Planning and Preparation for Dental Implants
Dental implants require precise planning and preparation to ensure success. Digital images, medical history, bone evaluation and cosmetic considerations are all part of the process.
- Obtain high-resolution digital dental x-rays
- Identify the precise location for the dental implant
- Create a surgical guide
- Take impressions and moulds of teeth
Investing in accuracy and precision at the start can mean a dental implant that lasts a lifetime with the proper care.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants require only about an hour to place surgically. Most patients report no downtime and minimal post-operative discomfort.
Healing and Integration
Once the dental implant screw is in place, we allow adequate time for the titanium post to fuse with the natural jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Because the implant and natural bone integrate, dental implants are the most stable and reliable way to replace missing teeth.
Your Dental Implant Crown
Your smile is an integral part of your appearance. Both Dr Leanne Welsh and Dr Rachael Milford value the aesthetics as well as the function of the dentistry we provide, so we will meticulously match your dental implant crown to your existing teeth for natural-looking results.
Tooth Replacement Options
In our Toowoomba dental clinic, we can use a single dental implant to replace multiple missing teeth, or we can combine the stability and reliability of dental implants with other types of dental prosthetics.
Dental implants offer a more permanent and comfortable option compared to dental bridges and dentures. Clinical research has highlighted a number of benefits of dental implants including long implant lifetimes, minimal effect on surrounding bone levels and are more easy maintained with good oral health, especially among older patients. Find out more about why dental implants are one of the best way to replace a missing tooth.
However, not all patients will be suitable for dental implants. If you’re missing a tooth, our dentists will assess each individual patient to determine their viability or recommended alternative treatments including dental bridges.
For total tooth replacement using dental implants, we offer two main options.
Dental Implant-Retained Dentures
By placing four to six dental implants in healthy bone on the upper or lower arch, we create a locking mechanism to hold dentures securely in place. This prevents dentures from moving, shifting or falling and causing embarrassing situations.
You can remove the denture to clean it, or for regular maintenance at your check-ups. Otherwise, your denture will stay put and improve dietary choices that support enhanced overall health.
Dental Implant-Supported Bridges
When patients have multiple missing teeth, implant-supported bridges eliminate the need to alter healthy natural teeth. Instead, implants support a bridge to fill the gap in your smile.
Implant-supported bridges look natural and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
Tired of Missing Teeth?
If missing teeth are keeping you from enjoying an active social life or from eating the foods you love, we welcome you to contact L&R Dental to arrange a consultation. Our gentle and experienced dentists will discuss the many possibilities available with the leading-edge dentistry we provide.
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