Dental implants: Procedure, Risks and Post-Treatment Care

Discover the dental implant treatment procedure, the risks associated with dental implants and the post-treatment care with Tewantin Dental Centre.

Dental implants are one of the most revolutionary tooth replacement treatments available in Australia. They are designed from biocompatible materials and are able to seamlessly mimic the appearance of your natural teeth.

The Dental Implants Procedure

The dental implant procedure is a comprehensive treatment that restores the whole tooth, including its root. This restoration is performed in two phases and the whole process can take 6 to 9 months. Firstly, the implant is surgically placed by your dentist. It is meant to imitate the root of your missing tooth and is positioned in that vacant place. Over the course of the next few months, the implant is left to heal and become securely attached to your jaw bone. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement can be worn to protect the area as well as add functionality to your mouth.

Once the foundation for your new tooth is completed, the final restorative step takes place: the placement of your new crown. Your dentist will create a crown that is perfectly matched with the rest of your smile in both colour and shape. This crown is then mounted to your implant and ensured to fit correctly in your mouth. You will now have a restored, natural looking smile with a long term and durable solution.

Risks Associated with Dental Implants

The thought of having an implant surgically placed in the mouth can be very intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort undergoing the procedure but this is minimised with local anaesthesia or other methods of sedation. There are potential complications after having an implant inserted, including:

  • Infection around the surrounding bone and gums
  • Bone loss around the dental implant
  • Your body’s rejection of the dental implant

Failure of the procedure can occur but at Tewantin Dental Centre we will always assess your mouth and jaw bone thoroughly in order to determine whether you have enough jaw bone to support a dental implant. This is to minimise the risk of rejection due to a lack of bone.

Post-Treatment Care for Dental Implants

It is normal to have some small bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. This is treatable with an ordinary over the counter painkiller.

Your new artificial tooth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Gum disease can still occur around the implant so make sure to brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. Also, coming in for regular check-ups every six months is essential so that we can monitor your oral health.

Dental Implants in Tewantin, Noosa, and Sunshine Coast

There is no dental treatment as effective as dental implants from our Noosa dentists when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. If you suffer from tooth loss, this may be the right option for you.

Contact Tewantin Dental Centre for more information or to book an appointment.