Dental Implantation - Procedure
Implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. They are a fixed solution to a single missing tooth or, an entire jaw of missing teeth.
After an implant is placed into the jawbone, it is usually allowed to heal for several months to allow integration with the bone. After healing, the implant is ready for restoration.
Impressions of the mouth are made and, models are made upon which the restorations are fabricated. A post is attached to the implant using a screw. The graphic shows how the implant, post and screw attach together.
Once the post has been attached to the implant and secured into place, the implant supported restoration can be completed.
A crown is made to attach to the post. The crown is made using metal and/or, porcelain and closely replicates the shape and colour of the natural tooth.
Once the crown has been adjusted, it is attached to the post using a screw or, it can be cemented onto the post.This graphic shows how the crown fits over the post. Implant therapy can take a few months and several appointments to complete. However, the final restoration is almost like having your tooth back!
If the implant is needed as a result of an accident and, assuming eligibility, then ACC will cover a significant portion of the cost of this treatment.
This young lady lost two of her front teeth in an accident. The adjacent teeth did not contain any restorations so implants were the treatment of choice.
In this picture, the implants have been inserted and healing abutments placed to allow the tissue to heal.
Records and moulds are made of the surrounding teeth and tissues. Crowns are then made in the laboratory.
These replicate the shape and colour of the original teeth.
Once the crowns are fabricated, the healing abutments are removed and posts are firmly attached to the implants with screws. The crowns are then cemented or, screwed into the posts.
This picture demonstrates the excellent aesthetic result achieved with implant supported crowns.
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