Dental implants in Mornington – All You Need To Know
Dentists all over the world agree that an effective solution for missing teeth replacement is often a dental implant. Mornington patients can now benefit from expert consultation and outstanding quality services at Barkly Street Dental Group. Whether you are missing a single tooth, several teeth in the upper and lower arches, or have lost all your teeth, Dr Harrison and the team can help you to fully restore your smile.
Dental implant surgery at Barkly Street Dental Group
Barkly Street Dental Group is one of the few dental practices on the Mornington Peninsula that offers comprehensive dental implant therapy. We are able to offer complete start-to-finish dental implant treatment. Dr Harrison has undertaken comprehensive training in high-quality dental implant procedures and has been surgically placing implants for over 20 years. He is passionate about dental implant treatment and attends courses and seminars each year to ensure his knowledge in this field is always current.
An Introduction to Dental Implants
Dental implants serve to anchor replacement teeth into the jaw where a tooth or teeth are missing. This is commonly a single tooth but can also involve multiple teeth or even an entire arch of teeth. Once an implant is secured into the jaw, surrounding bone tissue will fuse with it to create a strong foundation which is then able to support a dental crown, a dental bridge, or (if one or more implants are used) an entire arch of restorations.
Although dental implants offer the closest alternative to natural tooth replacement, patients should bear in mind that they are not always recommended in every situation for every patient. Some patients are not suitable for dental implant treatment due to their medical history, smoking habits, bite severity or lack of bone to support the implant properly. In these cases, Dr Harrison and the team will provide you with an alternative solution that suits both your needs and requirements.
Why we use Straumann Dental Implants
It is very important to be aware that not every dental implant surgery in Mornington is the same. There are dozens of manufacturers on the market and many of their implants have little long-term research or clinical data to support their claims of success. Their ability to retain the crown or bridge firmly over time also varies considerably due to their specific design.
At Barkly Street Dental Group, we use what we consider to be the very best implant system in the world. This implant is manufactured by an innovative Swiss company called Straumann. We use this system exclusively because it has the most extensive clinical and scientific research data over more than 25 years. Straumann implants have a long-standing clinical success history and an outstanding surface treatment and coating.
Dr Harrison himself is a member of the International Team of Implantology (ITI), which promotes best practice in implant treatment and conducts substantial education and training throughout the world.
Steps of Dental Implant Surgery in our Mornington Peninsula clinic
The initial consultation
An initial consultation is critical to assess your suitability for implant treatment in Mornington. Dental surgery for implants requires x-rays to check the bone height in the area concerned. Impressions may also be required to fabricate a surgical guide. You may be referred to a radiology centre for an additional cone beam CT scan to determine the bone thickness, height and density in the site and to assess surrounding anatomical structures.
Dental Implant surgery
Placement of the implant fixture is performed under local anaesthetic. This is a comfortable process and takes between 60-90 minutes. There is generally very little post-operative discomfort. Care needs to be taken to avoid pressure on the implant site for the first 2 weeks after placement to ensure optimal success of the dental implant surgery.
Bone healing process
A period of generally 8 weeks is required for the bone to fuse to the dental implant surface. At that time we will x-ray the implant, test it to confirm success and then take impressions for fabrication of the final crown or bridge. Our ceramist in Beaumaris performs all of our laboratory work.
Final crown fitting
3-4 weeks after the impressions have been taken, the final crown or bridge will be returned from our ceramic laboratory and fitted by Dr Harrison.
Check for comfort
Once fitted, we will ensure that you feel completely comfortable with the new tooth/teeth in position and are able to bite easily.
Dental implants – Forging a Partnership to Success
With correct treatment planning and placement, implants have an extremely good long-term success rate. However, they do require maintenance both by the patient (with recommended oral hygiene procedures) and by us (to review the implant and restoration on a regular basis). When both aspects are achieved in unison, patients can expect their implants to last for many years to come.
It is important to note that smokers are at greater risk from dental implant surgery failure as are those who fail to maintain a healthy, regular oral hygiene maintenance routine at home and regular reviews with us. Therefore, patients will need to bear these factors in mind before committing to treatment.
If you have experienced tooth loss, it is good to know you have long-term sustainable options open to you. With the latest technology and the expertise of Dr Harrison and the team, we can ensure complete oral rehabilitation, as well as great aesthetics with our dental implants in Mornington. Why not give us a call on (03) 5975 5355 and book a consultation today!