Single Tooth Dental Implant Sunshine Coast
If you have a missing single tooth, then dental implants can be used to restore optimum appearance and function. Dental implants are one of the longest lasting, strongest treatments that we can do in dentistry.
To replace a missing tooth a dental implant is placed into the bone and after a period of healing a custom made porcelain crown is secured to the dental implant. This requires multiple visits to our Sunshine Coast dental practice.
Dental technology has come a long way.
Missing teeth can now be replaced by dental implants. These are titanium based implants that are placed into the jaw bone. A custom porcelain crown is then connected to the dental implant. These implants can be placed under local anaesthetic in the dental office and usually require a period of healing before they can be fully functional in a process called Osseointegration.
Generally, most patients are good candidates for this treatment. An initial consultation will help your dentist find out what type of treatment is best for you, the specific stages of treatment that are needed to get the best result, and to screen for any factors that could affect treatment. Like most treatment options, the success depends on a healthy environment, as well as other factors like good quality bone in the area.
Sometimes bone grafting is a necessary procedure around implants, especially if there has been significant bone loss since the tooth has been lost. This is a procedure usually conducted at the time of implant placement where bone filler material is added around the implant to encourage the body to produce more bone. Not all patients require bone grafting. A 3D CT scan is used to identify the volume of bone in a particular area to determine whether this is necessary. This digital scan is also used to plan how the implant would be placed in relation to the bone and other teeth. Your dentist will use this on screen tool to walk you through the process of how the process would be completed. Thanks to this technology the surgical placement has now become more predictable, safe and streamlined.
While this only represents one option for replacing missing teeth, it statistically has been proven to be the longest term option with very high success rates. It has the look, feel and functional ability of natural teeth. Just take a look at our smile gallery on our website to see for yourself.
If you are interested in dental implants, please contact any of our Sunshine Coast dental practices in Caloundra, Kawana and Maroochydore for a free dental implant consultation.