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More about Dental Implants at Drummoyne Dental Practice

Can anyone get Dental Implants?

Anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. It does not matter how old you are, but it does matter how young. It is inadvisable to place dental implants during in the early teen years, since the dental and facial bones are still forming at that age. 
At Drummoyne Dental Practice, our dentists believe that the best time to place a dental implant is at time of tooth extraction, or shortly thereafter. However, we have placed dental implants successfully years after tooth loss. What’s important is the presence of an adequate amount of healthy bone to surround the newly placed dental implant.

What is the process for Dental Implant Placement?

  • Planning stage: Planning is the most important part of the process. A carefully and intelligently thought-out treatment plan is the difference between success and failure. Sometimes we may require specialized imaging to visualize the bone condition and three-dimensional viewing to ensure proper placement.
  • Implant placement: The dental implant will be placed in the ideal spot to allow the formation of gum tissue around the implant.
  • Healing: The bone around the dental implant will grow and integrate with the new dental implant in a matter of a few weeks.
  • Temporary restoration: If the dental implant is in a readily visible area, a temporary restoration may be placed for esthetic purposes while the site heals.
  • Abutment placement: When healing is complete, the dental implant abutment is placed to connect the dental implant to the porcelain crown.
  • Porcelain crown: Once our ceramist fabricates the new porcelain crown to exact specifications, we bond the crown to the abutment

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Do Dental Implants require special care?

There are no long-term restrictions with dental implants, although caution is needed until the bone is completely healed. When dental implants are successfully restored, it is important to avoid biting hard substances at first. Imagine: if your arm was in a cast for months, you wouldn’t want to play a game of tennis right away. Your bones would not be accustomed to having so much force on them and would need to be retrained gradually. The same is true for dental implants. Initially, a soft diet is best for the first two weeks; after that, you can slowly introduce harder foods. Rest assured, you will soon be able to enjoy all kinds of foods. There is no special way to clean dental implants. Brush and floss twice a day just like you would your natural teeth, and visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. That's all there is to it!