Teeth replacement is one of the common procedures we perform at Complete Implant and Sedation Dentistry in Perth.
If you have missing teeth, or have terminal teeth, you may benefit from dental implants to enjoy a new smile, and an improved overall oral health. Although teeth replacement can be done with traditional removable dentures, you may discover that dental implants can offer a more cosmetically pleasing, longer lasting and more comfortable permanent solution. Unlike dentures, implants also do not involve artificial plates in your mouth, and also do not cause shrinkage of the jaw bone and gum like dentures usually do over time.
Single replacement (implant supported crown)
A dental implant is a fixture placed into the jaw bone, which bonds to the bone through osseointegration. It then acts as a secure foundation for a tooth to be attached, via a custom-made implant abutment and crown. It should be designed for your particular case, and look and feel like your natural tooth.
As the implant integrating into the bone can take around 2-3 months (sometimes longer), a permanent implant crown is not attached until after that time. During these first weeks, if the aesthetics of the missing tooth is a problem, sometimes a temporary crown may be placed on the implant if the case is suitable.
An implant crown can be screw retained (screwed into the implant) or cement retained (glued onto an abutment which is screwed into the implant). Both types are successful if appropriately done, but there is often a preference for screw retained crowns where possible for the case, as they can be easier to retrieve (ie. remove and repair in case of a chipped implant tooth).