Dr Craig Duval places dental implants at Sherwood Dental, in Southwest Brisbane.
Dental Implants in Brisbane
Dental implants can:
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are widely considered to be the latest innovation in modern dentistry to replace missing teeth. At Sherwood Dental we offer dental implants to help our patients regain the function of their teeth, and the appearance of their smile. We provide dental implants for our patients in Sherwood, Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Rocklea, Oxley and Southwest Brisbane.
A dental implant is made from a small artificial titanium rod which is implanted directly into the jawbone, acting as a replacement for the missing tooth root. This then preserves both the jawbone and the gum height, which is best for the health of both the implant and the other remaining teeth.
Titanium implants promote growth of new bone cells on the implant surface. Once enough bone has grown around the implant, it’s considered to be integrated with bone (‘osseointegration’), and a crown or bridge can be fitted on top. This process can take anywhere from three to six months.
A dental implant can be beneficial for a number of reasons and can be used to replace:
A Single Tooth
A single implant is placed in the jawbone, and once integrated, a crown is made to fit on top.
For multiple missing teeth, the numbers of implants needed can vary. Restorations (on top of the implants) can also vary – single crowns (one per implant) may be recommended, or perhaps an implant bridge. For adjacent missing teeth (all on the lower right, for example), you may not necessarily need one implant per missing tooth. At your consultation, Dr Craig Duval will determine the best position for your implants, and what type of restorations are best.
An entire arch, or both upper and lower arches
If you’re missing all your upper or lower teeth, implants may still be possible. It depends on how long the teeth have been missing, and how much of the jawbone is still there. It may be possible to place 4 implants (spread across your upper or lower jaw), with an implant bridge or implant denture permanently attached on top.
Ask Dr Craig Duval
To find out more about dental implants, or to book an appointment with Dr Craig Duval, please contact us today.