Previously when a tooth was lost the only replacement options were a bridge or denture. One of the most significant innovations in restorative dentistry has been the development of dental implants.
To provide you with uncompromising quality of care and eliminate the inconvenience of being referred to another centre for the placement of your implant, esteemed oral surgeon Dr Richard Harris is able to complete the surgery phase of your implant treatment here at Forest Lake Dental.
Made from medical grade titanium, dental implants can resemble a screw or a cylinder and when placed into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure, replicate a missing tooth root as they naturally bond with the bone. An implant provides a solid foundation to which a crown, bridge or if several implants are placed a full or partial denture may be secured.
Dental implants are virtually identical to natural teeth in strength, function and appearance, making them an ideal tooth replacement solution. Receiving an implant is a minor procedure often completed under a local anaesthetic with many people reporting it is a comfortable procedure, with many returning to work and normal daily life the next day.
Your implant is carefully guided into the position predetermined during your examination appointments and left to bond with your jawbone. Depending on your oral and general health, this may take 3 – 6 months. If your implant is replacing front teeth, a temporary crown or bridge may be secured so you can retain your smile appearance and mouth function.