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Dental implant is as popular in Australia as it is anywhere else around the world. Some individuals in Australia have major dental problems to the point that a dental implant is required to remedy them. So what is a dental implant?
The replacement system for the root part of a normal tooth is what you call a dental implant. It is anchored in the bone of the jaw, upon which a natural looking crown is fitted, which looks and functions exactly the same as a normal tooth. The post is made of titanium or titanium alloy, which has a natural ability to fuse the implant to the jaw bone through Osseo-integration, which can take anything from a few weeks to a few months.
The design of the implant is extremely important, as it needs to have the maximum possible surface area to bone contact. This is achieved by the implant having a spiral shape of a screw and by microscopically roughening its surface, which will assist the healing and fusion process. While some people are concerned at the thought of having something screwed into their bone, the truth is most patients have little or no pain from the process.
Implant surgery is not a complicated procedure, especially if it has been properly planned in advance. X-rays can provide the perfect surgical guide as to precisely where the replacement tooth will fit, to provide the correct bite, along with where the implant will be fitted to provide adequate bone quantity and quality for the necessary fusion.
Under local anaesthetic, a small hole is drilled into the bone, which is then slowly made progressively larger until it exactly mirrors the implant shape, to ensure a perfect and precision fit. The process of the drilling is of paramount importance, as living bone can easily be damaged if it gets too hot, so it uses very gentle pressure and plenty of water cooling. The bone needs to be in perfect condition, if it is to properly fuse with the implant. Dental implants Chatswood to North Sydneyresidents rely on all use a sterile implant, which is taken from its packaging and inserted directly into the prepared site, without being touched, with further X-rays taken to confirm the correct implant positioning.
Minimal bleeding is quite possible for up to a few hours after surgery, which you can reduce by gently biting on a piece of gauze, with minimal pressure for 30-60 minutes, and hints of blood may be seen in the saliva for a couple of days. In the stage immediately after surgery, care should be taken to minimise contact with the implant, eating soft foods and chewing in an area away from the site, for at least a couple of weeks. Things to avoid are alchohol and tobacco, both of which can delay the healing process, while hot or spicy foods should also be avoided, which can cause irritation to the implant site. Chewy foods are not advisable and neither are those like crisps, crackers or nuts, small pieces of which can get caught in the implant site and cause an infection.
Rinsing the mouth regularly with slightly salty water, for about five minutes at a time, three or four times a day will help to keep your mouth clean. You should continue your normal oral hygiene procedures, but try to avoid any pressure on the implant area, until your dentist informs you that it is OK to do so.
Dental implant surgery can improve your life, but it is important you follow your dentist’s instructions to the letter, to ensure it is a total success.