Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth. They comprise a titanium threaded post which is surgically implanted into the jaw bone, to which a prosthetic crown is attached. As implants are fixed to the bone they provide a restoration that feels and functions like a normal tooth. Drs Deane and Thorpe has been placing implants for nearly 10 years and has experience with several types of implant systems. He works with your general dentist or specialist restorative dentist (prosthodontist) to ensure the implant is placed in the most ideal location to facilitate an aesthetic and functional result.
There are several stages in the process of implant surgery. Initially a consultation appointment is arranged to discuss the suitability of implants in each particular case. This includes an assessment of any underlying medical conditions, some of which may preclude successful implant therapy. A clinical and x-ray examination follows in order to ensure the availability of sufficient space and bony volume. If there is not enough bone Dr Deane may recommend a grafting procedure.
Implant surgery is traditionally performed in two stages. Stage I involves the placement of the implant itself, followed by 4-6 months of healing to allow the jaw bone to anchor the implant. Stage II is a short procedure to expose the implant and attach a connector piece known as an abutment. You are then referred back to your restorative clinician who then proceeds with crown placement.
Drs Deane and Thorpe will outline the type of procedure required in each case, including the risks, costs and expected post-operative recovery.