Dental Implants

Dental Implants to Replace Lost Teeth

At Freo Dental, we provide painless dental implant placements based on 3D x-rays and 3D scans of the mouth. These are based on the latest computer-based surgical planning that greatly improves safety and accuracy by using 3D printing to produce custom-made keyhole surgical guides before the date of surgery.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. They are designed to function and look like natural teeth. Here is a general overview of how dental implants work:

  • Evaluation and Planning: Before the implant procedure, a thorough evaluation is conducted by a dental professional. This may involve dental examinations, X-rays, and usually CT scans to assess the condition of your jawbone and surrounding tissues. A customised treatment plan is then created based on your specific needs.
  • Implant Placement: The implant procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia, with or without some sedation. A small titanium post, resembling a screw, is surgically inserted into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. The implant acts as a replacement for the tooth root and provides a stable foundation for the artificial tooth.
  • Osseointegration: After the implant is placed, a process called osseointegration occurs. Over a period of several weeks to a few months, the jawbone naturally fuses with the implant, creating a strong and durable bond. This integration ensures stability and allows the implant to withstand chewing forces.
  • Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, a small connector piece called an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment extends above the gum line and provides a support structure for the artificial tooth.
  • Artificial Tooth Placement: Finally, a custom-made dental crown, which resembles a natural tooth, is securely attached to the abutment. The crown is typically made of porcelain or a similar material that mimics the appearance and functionality of a natural tooth. Quite often the abutment and the crown are manufactured as one piece.

After the dental implant procedure, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Proper care and maintenance can help ensure the longevity and success of the dental implant.

It's important to note that the specific details of the implant procedure can vary depending on individual circumstances and the recommendations of Dr Kris. Consulting with a dental professional like him is essential to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants and to receive personalised advice and treatment.