What are Dental Implants?
- Implants are made of titanium and are screwed into the jawbone.
- Crowns, bridges or dentures are then screwed onto the implants.
The amazing thing about implants is that the bone actually grows onto the implant to hold it in place. They ‘feel’ just like teeth.
At Centre Street Dental, a lot of patients with missing teeth or partial dentures are moving to implants because they are sick of the ‘feel’ of the dentures in their mouths. This is a big commitment as implant therapy is high-end dentistry but these people are looking at quality of life and longevity of treatment.
Statistically, implant therapy has a success rate of approximately 95% over 30 years.
Implant Therapy has 2 distinct phases:
The placement of the implants and the prosthetic restoration, that is, the under the gum stuff and the above the gum stuff. At CSD, we are more involved with the ‘above the gum stuff’.
We feel that the placement of implants is best done by a specialist. At present, Dr Greg Normoyle takes on all of the implant related cases. Dr Normoyle has a particular interest in the restoration of implant cases and continues to keep up to date with the current treatment therapies by attending continuing education courses specifically about these therapies.
How Long Will the Process Take?
Dental treatment with implants is a long-term treatment.
- Typically, treatment of a space in the back of the mouth will take approximately 5 months
- Treatment in the front of the mouth is likely to take 9-10 months to complete.
This is because it takes time for the bone to grow onto the implant and also for the gums to be guided into position when dealing with front teeth. It is important to remember that a great smile is one where the teeth and gums are in the right position.
Do you have spaces in your mouth and would like to discuss your options?Contact Centre Street Dental today and see how we can help you.