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Dental Implants Richmond | Computer Guided Surgery

Dental Implants in Richmond – Safe, Fast and Precise

Are you considering dental implants in Richmond to replace one or more missing teeth? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that Dental implants are considered the best option for replacing teeth lost to disease or trauma.

Because dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth you’ll end up with a flawless smile that you can be proud of.

A dental implant is made from biocompatible titanium and acts as an artificial tooth root. Once inserted into the jaw, it fuses with the surrounding bone to become strong enough to support a dental crown.

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Am I a Candidate for Tooth Implants in Richmond?

Most people can be considered for a dental implant. However, they do need to be in good general health and not suffer from medical conditions that may slow down healing, and also have adequate bone structure to support the implant.

Dental Implant patients will need to attend a consultation where we’ll examine your smile and bite and take 3-Dimensional x-rays and scans of your teeth and jaws. A discussion will follow to enable our dentists to understand your concerns, expectations, dental needs, and what we can hope to achieve.

If missing teeth have caused bone loss we may need to perform a bone graft first. This is like a scaffold for bone to grow where it has been lost and will provide sufficient stability and improve the success of the dental implant placement. There may be an additional cost for these treatments, but these will be discussed and included in your treatment plan.

‘Digital’ dental implants at our Richmond dental clinic

At TLC we use the latest digital dentistry to diagnose and plan the placement of your dental implants. Computer-guided planning allows for faster, more accurate placement while reducing dental surgery time and improve the healing comfort for patients at our Richmond clinic.

Here’s how the digital missing teeth process works…

A 3-dimensional intra-oral scanner takes a series ultra high-definition digital images of your jaw and teeth. This combines with a 3-dimensional x-ray of your jaw and teeth. TLC dentists Richmond is one of the few dental practices in Australia who are able to combine these images on-site. These images are sent to a central on-site computer which turns these images into one coherent 3D digital model of your teeth and jaw. This enables our dentists to plan the angle and trajectory of the dental implant using virtual reality before any surgery actually takes place.

When it comes to the time for dental implant surgery, the gum flap doesn’t need to be cut with a scalpel as the pre-planned implant is positioned ‘keyhole style’ through the gum and down into the jaw by using a clear personalised robotic guide. This makes surgery less invasive, meaning patients heal faster.

Computer-guided technology also means that in some cases, dental implants can be placed into compromised jaws where previously, a denture of false teeth may have been the only solution to replace missing teeth

Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth

The versatility of dental implants means that they can be used to support one, several or even, an entire arch of missing teeth. Even in situations where patients are missing all of their teeth, they can still benefit from full arches of replacement teeth which are supported by as few as 6-8 dental implants.

What maintenance does a dental implant need?

Similar to your natural teeth, a dental implant requires regular brushing and flossing to maintain oral hygiene, plus regular visits to your dentist.

What are the benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants?

• A dental implant prevents continuing bone loss
• Restores aesthetics and function to the bite
• Supports facial structures for a more youthful look
• Is a permanent fixture that can last for decades

If you’d like to know more about dental implants in Richmond and whether they are the right treatment to replace your missing teeth, why not come and talk to our experienced dental implant dentists today. Call TLC Dentists to find out more.

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Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.