Dental Implants in Townsville
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium. They can be implanted in the jaw, directly in place of a missing tooth. Once the implant has bonded with your jaw, a crown can be placed over the top to permanently replace a tooth without impacting on any of the neighbouring teeth.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel and function similar to natural teeth. They can last for many years when you take good care of your oral health. (Be aware that smoking tobacco can increase the risk of implant failure.)
If you lose a tooth to decay or it gets knocked out, it should be replaced as soon as possible to maintain your oral health and the appearance and function of your mouth. Dental implants are a more permanent fix for teeth than other options like dentures or a bridge, but they’re not suitable for everyone.
Dental implants are suitable for most adult patients, as long as you have good oral health. If you have a problem such as gum disease, this will need to be treated and your mouth fully healed before implant treatment can begin. We’ll also advise you to give up smoking, as this reduces the success rate of the treatment
Implants can replace teeth that were lost due to an oral health condition such as tooth decay or gum disease, damaged or knocked out in an accident, or extracted by your dentist. They’re most commonly used to replace individual teeth, but they can also be used to support a dental bridge if you need to replace several teeth in a row. Dental implants can also support a removable or permanent denture.
If you have a small jaw, or there’s not enough bone to support an implant, we may suggest a bone grafting procedure to transfer bone tissue from another part of your body. You won’t be suitable for bone grafting if you have a health condition such as a blood clotting disorder or immune system deficiency.
When you come in for a consultation at our Townsville clinic, we’ll explain what’s involved in the implant procedure and what other options are available, so you can decide which treatment is right for you.
If you decide dental implants are right for you, we’ll first give you a comprehensive oral health assessment to check that your mouth is healthy. This may involve the use of x-rays and CT scans. We’ll then schedule your next appointment for the implant to be placed.
Dental implant surgery is performed under local anaesthesia to minimise any discomfort. We can also discuss more sedation options if you have anxiety about dental treatments. If you need a bone grating treatment, this will be require general anaesthesia and a recovery period of several months before your implant can be placed, to give the grafted bone tissue time to fuse with your jaw.
To insert the implant, we need to make a small incision in your gum to access your jaw. We’ll then prepare the site using a dental drill and place the implant directly into your jaw bone. Finally, we’ll close your gum around the implant and cover it with a temporary crown.
We’ll arrange follow-up appointments to check the progress of your implant as it fuses with your jaw bone. When your jaw has completely healed around the implant, we can place a permanent crown made from porcelain or a gold alloy. CEREC porcelain crowns may be designed and manufactured in a single appointment.
We’ll take care when planning your implant treatment to minimise risks, but we’ll still make sure you understand all the possible complications before you agree to the procedure.
Problems can include infections or bleeding after surgery, nerve damage, or sinus problems if an upper jaw implants enters the sinus cavity.
Dental implants have a longer treatment and recovery time than most dental procedures. If you also need a bone graft, your total treatment time could be up to 6 months.
Dental implants often don’t have any special maintenance requirements, but we’ll explain any risk factors you may have and let you know steps to care for your oral health. In many cases, as long as you take good care of your oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing every day and following a nutritious diet, your implant should last for many years.
Implants have a very high success rate, but you’ll increase the risk of your implant failing if you smoke or don’t take good care of your oral health. If your crown gets chipped, cracked or knocked out, make an emergency appointment at our clinic to have it replaced.
Dental implants tend to cost more than other tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges, but they’re also likely to last longer. We can give you a complete breakdown of costs at your consultation and discuss our payment plans and options, so you can decide whether implants are right for you.
If you’re not a candidate for implants or you’d prefer another option to replace a missing tooth, you might be better suited to dentures or a dental bridge.
Dentures can be removable or fixed in place. We can even fit a denture over an implant instead of a crown, if you want a more permanent fixture that feels more like a natural tooth.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth supported by crowns placed over the healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. A bridge can look and feel like a real tooth, but unlike an implant, it doesn’t support your jaw.