“You’re going to lose this tooth,” is one of the hardest things that I have to say to a patient.
I wish that I never had to say that, but the longer that I practice dentistry, and as my clients continue to age, I find myself in that situation more and more often.
Dental implants are artificial teeth, surgically inserted into the bone where a missing tooth was. It is usually a titanium alloy screw that substitutes for a tooth root.
A dental crown is fitted on top of the implant to complete the procedure.
Together they form a complete, permanent, prosthetic tooth that has virtually the exact characteristics of an original tooth.
The Key Advantages of Dental Implants
- Natural appearance
- Identical care as natural teeth
The strength of the implant comes from the artificial root tightly bonding with the bone through a process called osseointegration.
That occurs when the bone cells grow around and into the metal surfaces of the implant. The completed implant will be as strong as the patient’s physiology allows.
Why Come to Precision Dental for Your Dental Implant?
At Precision Dental, we will always strive to save your natural teeth if possible.
In those cases where it is not possible or advisable, we evaluate your situation and help you determine if dental implants are right for you.
Determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants will involve a thorough visual examination, x-rays, and we may ask you to get iCat 3D imaging done (which we can view in our office before and during the procedures).
Once we determine that you have the bone density and periodontal health sufficient for a successful procedure, we can proceed.
If you do not have sufficient bone density or the periodontal health necessary, it can still be possible to get implants by supplementing the bone mass through bone grafts and gum tissue through periodontal grafts.
At Precision Dental, we can perform bone and periodontal grafts at our office.
Additional time to let the bone and/or gums heal properly before we proceed with the implant procedure will be necessary.
But if the end result is a beautiful, permanent dental implant, then the results can be worth the wait.
Installing dental implants requires precision drilling of preliminary holes that will prepare the bone for the implant to be inserted. These “tap holes” need to be drilled at precise angles.
The drills must have regulated speed control to prevent any overheating of the bone.
If overheating occurs, the cells that are required for the osseointegration with the implant will be damaged, and the implant may be rejected by the bone.
At Precision Dental, we have the latest equipment to perform these procedures.
We have the finest, guided, surgical drills, sterile drapes, and sterile attire to ensure you the safest and most efficient treatment possible.
In some cases, it is possible to do an implant rapidly. It is even possible to do the entire procedure in one visit.
However, we definitely prefer to spread the process out over time. Primarily because we want to ensure that the implant bone-bonding will happen properly without any complications.
To rush this procedure is not our first choice, but we always try to accommodate the specific needs of our patients on a case-by-case basis.
Dental Health at Precision Dental!
At Precision Dental, we provide the finest and best ethical care, giving patients the chance to make fully informed decisions regarding their course of treatment.
The three fundamental principles that underlie our practice are honesty, patient comfort, and quality.
To support these principles, we begin treatment by building strong relationships with our patients. We are open, honest, and non-biased. We accept no substandard materials, shortcuts, or unhappy surprises.
Patient comfort is another crucial aspect of our values that contribute to the dentist-patient relationship. At Precision Dental, we know the dental experience can be overwhelming for some individuals.
To alleviate these anxieties, we provide gentle, patient-oriented care, that uses modern technologies, tools, and techniques.
Dr Bill Choi has over 15 years of experience and is registered with the Dental Board of Australia. He is a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Implant Dentistry, and the Australian Association of Laser Dentistry.
Visit Precision Dental today!
We are located at S13, HQ South Tower, 520 Wickham St in Fortitude Valley.