One of the best ways to rectify the problem of a missing tooth is to get an implant. Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants are a long-lasting solution that looks natural and won’t impact your existing teeth. Choosing an implant dentist is a very important decision as it can be the difference between having a successful treatment and the potential of implant failure. In this blog, we go over several things to consider before choosing your implant dentist.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an imitation tooth. But in contrast to removable dentures, implants are permanently fixed into your jaw bone beneath your gums. A titanium screw-like post supports the fixture of a tooth-shaped dental crown to create a natural-looking tooth.
Things you should know before choosing an implant dentist
1. Does the dentist have formal training and experience in implant dentistry?
Successful implant placement and restoration requires advanced knowledge, judgment, and planning. You should choose someone who holds relevant university degrees and has had long-term studying and training in mastering the replacement of teeth, instead of seeing a general dentist for this procedure type.
2. Am I a good candidate for teeth replacement?
Consult with your dentist as soon as possible after tooth loss, or before extraction whenever possible, to plan for implant position and bone preservation. In most cases, the implant procedure will be delayed until facial growth is complete, usually around the age of 18. There is generally no age limit with implants either, it depends on your circumstances.
3. What type of dental implants are being used?
With hundreds of implant systems available, it is important to use only implants from reputable companies. Ask your dentist which types of dental implants are used at their practice so you can ask questions to find out more.
4. What is the evaluation process?
Patients looking to have dental implants must be medically and dentally evaluated as every patient is unique. After completing necessary diagnostics, your dentist can provide you with an overall assessment to formulate a treatment plan.
5. Does the dentist use the latest technology and techniques to diagnose and treat my condition?
The latest dental technologies offer fast and accurate diagnosis and treatment to ensure an effective course of treatment. These include:
- Digital X-rays
- CT scanner and planning software
- Bone grafts and growth factors
6. What care and support is to be expected?
Many would consider dental implants to be a big decision, one that would require a great deal of reassurance and information. It is not only about the surgeon who will perform the procedure, but also about the dental team as a whole, who should offer nothing but the best support and assistance at every step of the way. In the care of our competent dental surgeons at Yeronga Park Dental, we can reassure you that getting an implant at our practice will be a safe, effective, and comfortable experience.
Let Yeronga Park Dental help you regain your smile
At Yeronga Park Dental, we take it to the next level with our implant dentistry using phlebotomy. Essentially, this is a procedure used when extra bone is required – it involves blood being drawn, having it centrifuged, and the white blood cells and plasma are extracted to be mixed in with the bone. The use of phlebotomy increases the implant success rate and promotes quicker healing times, and in most cases, the patient can accept the implant and bone at a rapid speed.
Here at Yeronga Park Dental, we are proud to offer high quality, modern dentistry in a comfortable and safe environment. We have a wide range of treatment options including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and teeth straightening services and are happy to work with you to choose a treatment plan that’s right for you. Call our Yeerongpilly practice today on 07 3848 2478 to arrange a consultation!