Once the dentist has prepared a small hole into the site concerned, dental implants are then placed into the jawbone. This area is slightly widened to accommodate the new implant and gum tissue is then replaced over the implant. From there a protective screw is positioned on top for healing. The implant is uncovered and an abutment is attached to hold the crown or tooth to the implant.
When proper hygiene is followed and regular dental check-ups are maintained, a dental implant restoration can remain in place and function properly for more than 40 years.
Dental implants can be placed anytime after bone growth is complete.
Smoking can lead to major complications when it comes to dental implants. It is advisable to quit smoking before undergoing dental implant procedures as smokers are at higher risk of dental implant failure.
Any treatment carries risks. A full medical history and an initial consultation is required with one of our qualified dental practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.