A dental implant is a way of replacing a missing tooth. A titanium implant is placed into the jaw where the tooth used to be, to mimic the tooth root, and then after a period of healing (usually 3-6 months) a porcelain crown is attached to the implant via a coupling known as an ‘abutment’. This then has an appearance very similar to a real tooth.
Dental implants can replace single or multiple teeth, without touching or damaging the teeth next door.
They are fixed into the mouth so they more closely resemble a natural tooth than alternatives such as dentures or fixed bridges.
Implants can also be used to stabilize loose dentures. Different attachments can be placed onto the abutment instead of the crown, to allow the attachment of a denture.
Placement of the titanium implant into the jaw is usually done by a specialist periodontist or oral surgeon in Perth, as it requires a three dimensional scan and in some cases bone or soft tissue grafting. Placement of the porcelain crown on to the implant can then be performed in Karratha. The best way to see if a dental implant could be suitable for you is to book an appointment with Dr Randall for an assessment and if a referral is needed we can also help arrange any part of the treatment that may need to be completed in Perth.