The most popular treatment by far for replacing missing teeth are dental implants for their natural look, feel and ability to function like real teeth. Implant treatment may sound complex compared to traditional dentures and bridges, however, it is often straightforward and can be done in a few appointments.
These are the 3 simple steps to replacing missing teeth.
STEP 1: Initial Consultation, Pre-Surgery Exam & Planning (Approx. 1hr)
It all starts with a 3D CT scan to reveal vital bone, tooth, tissue structure in height, width and depth. We conduct a full dental examination, a series of photographs, impressions and detailed charting as well as a periodontal exam. We will discuss your medical history and answer any questions you may have about any aspect of the procedure. With this detailed information we design an effective treatment program, tailored just for you.
STEP 2: Surgery
By now you have already received a detailed treatment plan and procedure. If you are having teeth removed, this may need to be done first. Your surgeon will then precisely place the small, titanium implants into your jawbone. The implants will support a set of temporary replacement teeth if required or another form of temporary may be issued. The length of the surgery will vary depending on the number of implants.
STEP 3: Post-Operative Checks & Final Restorations Issue
In the next several months, you will occasionally return to us for post-operative check-ups (which are included in your fixed cost) to monitor the healing process in preparation for your final restorations. Final restorations are then made with either a Titanium or Zirconia ceramic support structure, which gives them the durability and longevity. They will be adjusted to fit perfectly (and permanently) on your healed gums.
A crown is a cap, commonly made from porcelain or ceramic, which is used to rebuild and strengthen a weak or broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to improve your smile by changing the shape and colour of your existing teeth. Crowns are commonly used to replace a piece of tooth that has chipped off, recreating the aesthetics of a complete tooth.
What are crowns made of?
If a crown is required for a tooth at the front of your mouth, dentist will match the existing colour of your teeth with a porcelain tooth. Sometimes you may choose a lighter colour.
Further back in your mouth, a crown can be made of porcelain, however your dentist may recommend a gold crown because of its strength and longevity. Every case is different and your dentist will discuss all of the options available to you.
What is the procedure to place a crown?
All decayed and weak areas of a damaged tooth are removed and your dentist takes an impression of the tooth. This impression is sent to the laboratory for the technician to form a model of your tooth, and then it is returned to the dental practice. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be cemented onto your tooth to protect it. On the next visit, your new crown will be bonded into position and will be ready to use straight away.
Having a crown fitted can significantly improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. you will be able to smile with confidence, content in the knowledge that no-one will be able to tell that your teeth were ever anything less than