When teeth are removed (or "extracted") and a new is desired, a dental implant can be a preferable solution. The dental implant itself is generally made of titanium and looks similar to a conventional screw. The "abutment" is fixed to the implact and acts as the replacement tooth's root. Then, a dental crown is fixed to the abutment as the final part of the dental implant.

Full dental implant, showing titanium implant, ceramic abutment and porcelain crown
Full dental implant, showing titanium implant, ceramic abutment and porcelain crown
By Coronation Dental Specialty Group (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When are dental implants needed?

An implant is an appropriate solution when a patient wants a fixed replacement for a missing tooth. This contrasts with dentures (or "plates"), which are not fixed (removable) but are cheaper. A dental bridge is another type of fixed replacement but it requires the surrounding teeth for support, potentially compromising those teeth and increasing the risk of future complications. Dental implants, on the other hand, are free-standing and have less risk of long term complications in general.

The video below shows some of the major steps in having an implant placed.

How can I get dental implants?

The first step is to talk to one of our dentists. We will need to ascertain what kind of treatment and time-frame to expect if an implant is an appropriate choice. Call us on (08) 9881 5573 or contact us via other methods to start the process.

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