The dental implant process
At our Pennant Hills dental practice, Dr Oliver Cvekus performs the dental implant procedure with a small surgical procedure. Thanks to his extensive knowledge and experience in the field, he does it in such a way that you experience as little discomfort and downtime as possible.
It’s important to note that getting dental implants is a long, but very worthwhile process. From start to finish, you can expect to attend several appointments, varying in nature, over several months. Here’s generally what you can expect the process to look like, though it can vary slightly from one patient to another:
- In your initial consultation appointment, Dr Cvekus will tell you everything you need to know about dental implants and assess whether you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure. He will take x-rays and scans to form a clear idea of your jawbone and where best to place the implant.
- The next step of the process involves inserting the dental implant into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure.
- Once your implant is inserted, you’ll go through a recovery phase over the next few months, allowing the tissue and surrounding bone to heal and the implant to fuse to its surroundings.
- In the meantime, the custom made prosthetic tooth that will attach to your implant is manufactured in a special dental lab.
- When Dr Cvekus is confident in the stability of your dental implant, he’ll then attach your prosthetic tooth.
- After any final adjustments, you’re ready to go with your new fully functioning, natural-looking permanent tooth replacement!
Dr Cvekus will provide you with specific care instructions for your new implant and tooth, but just like your natural teeth, observing great oral hygiene and maintaining regular dental check-ups can help you get the best life out of a dental implant.
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The dental implant process
Dr Oliver Cvekus has spent years training and developing his skills in this exciting area of dentistry. He has trained all over the world, bringing the latest surgical techniques back to Australia for the benefit of his patients. Coupling these techniques with the use of premium Swiss dental implants has meant extremely successful outcomes for Pennant Hills Dental Centre patients, so you can be confident in your treatment.
Dental implant FAQs
Dental implants are arguably one of the best dental procedures for replacing one or more missing teeth. The process, however, is in-depth and, to some, may seem daunting. To help you understand more about the procedure, we’ve compiled a list of some of the questions our patients ask us most about this field of dentistry. Of course, if your questions aren’t answered here, please feel free to contact us!
Generally, a good level of oral health is required to be a suitable candidate for dental implants. If you feel your oral health is not in a good way, don’t worry – we can help you get there. There are also numerous other tooth replacement dental services available at our Pennant Hills dental practice. Here are a few common features of a suitable candidate for implants:
- Strong remaining teeth
- Free of periodontal disease
- Good bone density
There are two ‘recovery phases’ during the dental implant procedure. The surgical part of the procedure requires the most downtime, with slight discomfort and sensitivity common in the first few days following the insertion of the implant. The next recovery phase is after your prosthetic tooth gets attached to your implants. This is more of an adjustment phase and less of a recovery phase, as you get used to your new tooth in your mouth. You should avoid hard foods for the first 24 hours to give the tooth a chance to adhere fully.
From start to finish, the dental implant process may take anywhere up to 12 months. It can be important to grasp this before commencing your implant journey. We’re yet to find a patient who doesn’t think it’s worth the wait, though!