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The Basics of Dental Implants: What Are They and When Do You Need One?

As a medical practitioner, I have noticed that most patients want to learn everything about their dental procedures before their appointment. Dental implants are a common occurrence – so, what is a dental implant, and why do you need one? Find out more about dental implants, including why people need dental implants, what the procedure entails, and the effects of the treatment.

The Basics Of Dental Implants

This helpful guide will educate you on every aspect of the dental implant procedure so that you can be prepared for your treatment.

What Is A Dental Implant? When Do You Need One?

A dental implant is used to treat missing teeth. The dental implant is a substitute for a natural tooth that has been removed or is missing.

If you have one or more teeth missing, this can cause your bite to become misaligned, and it can also cause hollowing in the cheeks, altering your face shape. When people are missing teeth, it can be a great source of embarrassment, and they are often eager to resolve the issue.

Thankfully, you can replace the missing tooth with a dental implant to restore your smile.

The Dental Implant Procedure

When you get a dental implant at the Bentleigh East dentist, you will either be placed under local anaesthetic, general anaesthetic, or sedated using an IV.

Your dental surgeon will make a small incision in your gum line, where the tooth is to be placed. Then, the surgeon will drill into the jawbone through this incision to place an implant post. The dental implant is then attached to the implant post, securing it firmly in your mouth.

If you wish, you do not have to have the implant installed with the implant post, and you can have a temporary denture placed over the hole until the permanent tooth is installed.

Following the procedure, you will need to rest until the anaesthetic wears off, but you should be able to resume your daily activities the following day. For several days following the procedure, you will experience some swelling and discomfort in the area where the implant has been installed.

Once your tooth is installed, you should ensure you practise better oral hygiene by eating the right foods and improving your tooth care routine to take care of your new smile.

The Types Of Dental Implants

There are two types of dental implants, and they involve different methods of installing the dental implant in your mouth. Here are the types of dental implants:

  • Endosteal – this type of implant is installed and secured in the bone. Small titanium screws are used to secure the implant deep in the jawbone in place of the root of a tooth.
  • Subperiosteal – this type of implant is applied over the bone. Your dental surgeon will insert it into the gum instead of the bone, and this method is used when there is not enough healthy jawbone to support an endosteal implant.


Now that you know everything about dental implants, it’s time to consider whether you would benefit from this procedure. If you’re self-conscious about your missing teeth, this procedure can improve your confidence and quality of life. Contact Verve Dental today for more information about this procedure for missing teeth.

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