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In the last decade dental implants have become widely used in mainstream dentistry and are usually the treatment of choice for a missing tooth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artifi cial replacement for a tooth root, usually made from titanium.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general heath. They can only be used once the jawbone has stopped growing and so generally are not used with younger patients.
Who can place dental implants?
Oral surgeons, periodontists and dentists with advanced training in dental implants
How will you know if you are suitable for implants?
At your initial consultation, Dr Khan will assess the feasibility of providing implant treatment. X-rays and models will be used to determine the optimal position for an implant, how many implants can be placed in the gap and the quality and volume of bone that is available.
How long does treatment take?
For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the time of placing the first tooth/teeth, treatment times can vary between six weeks and six months.
How long will implants last?
Well-maintained implants placed into adequate bone can be expected to last for many years. However, just as you would expect conventional crowns, bridges and fi llings to need occasional repairs or replacements, your implant-supported teeth may also have similar maintenance requirements over the years.
Is it uncomfortable when implants are being placed?
Implants are placed using local anaesthesia, the same anaesthetic used for fi llings. The operation might take anything from 30 - 60 minutes for a single implant.
An overview of the implant process
• Assessment and treatment-planning
• Implant placement
• Integration period — Implants can take from six weeks to six months to fuse with the patient’s bone
• The restorative phase — once integrated, the implants can be brought into function with a variety of new teeth options (definite restorations) ranging from a single crown, small or large bridge or a removable overdenture
• Maintenance - patients must regularly clean the new teeth as instructed by Dr Khan.
A dental hygienist may also advise on care and maintenance of the restorations and natural teeth. Regular visits to your dentist are essential so that the health of the soft tissue, bone levels, and the integrity of the restoration can be reviewed.
The Octagon Dental Suite practice was founded in the 1930s, and has been treating clients in Dunedin for around 80 years now.
Owned and operated by four generations of dental practitioners, we pride ourselves on providing technical excellence, complimented by first-class customer care.
Some clients have been with us for more than 50 years, and this is a testament to our success. Many patients value the opportunity to continue seeing the same dentist over many years — even when they have moved away from Dunedin.
We want your visit to the Octagon Dental Suite to be as enjoyable and as stress-free as possible, and look forward to welcoming you to the practice.
Octagon Dental Suite: Level 7, Burns House, 10 George St, Dunedin. Phone (03) 477-7993 web www.octagondental.co.nz