Implants

The best in tooth replacements

Dental implants are a very popular way to not only have a perfect smile, but also to improve the form and function of your mouth and jaw. They are used mainly for missing teeth or teeth that need to be completely removed due to decay or trauma. Sometimes a patient might even request a full set of implants as opposed to dentures. Implants are the best solution for people who can’t have or don’t like crowns, bridges or dentures. They are also a fantastic option for keeping the teeth on either side of a gap in tact.

Our dental implant procedures start with a small titanium implant which is placed in the jaw bone and allowed to fuse to the bone over 3-6 months, depending on the individual patient. Once the fuse has completed, a new porcelain crown is attached to the implant and your perfect tooth replacement is complete. Missing teeth can be detrimental to the function and structure of your mouth and can also drastically affect your self confidence. We have found dental implants give our patients the confidence to smile, laugh, talk, eat and speak without needing to worry about their appearance.

Recovery
  • Healing may take several months as the jaw bone grows into the dental implant
  • A partial denture can often be placed on the implant while it is healing if needed
  • Your gums, face and jaw will feel tender or sore for a few days to a couple of weeks
  • Skin and gums might look bruised
  • It is common to feel pain at the implant site
  • Monitor pain escalation as infection can occur – pain relief or antibiotics may be needed
  • Minor bleeding may occur for 24 hours post surgery
  • Your jaw might be sore due to having your mouth open for the length of the procedure
Aftercare
  • Avoid rice, nuts, seeds, popcorn or anything that may affect the site
  • Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours or longer – it slows healing
  • Avoid vigorous rinsing and brushing the area for at least 24 hours
  • Avoid exercise for 3-4 days post surgery
  • Salt water rinses are recommended 2-3 times per day especially after eating
  • Ice packs on for 20 minutes then off for 20 minutes to reduce swelling and discomfort
  • If heavy bleeding is persistent then phone Mango Hill Dental for further advice