Dental Implants NZ

We've been providing dental implants in Hamilton for years as a great solution for missing teeth. The implant itself is an “artificial tooth root” which acts as a new base and strong foundation for the replacement tooth or replacement teeth.

They are made from titanium, which is safe and biocompatible with the human body. They also provide a stable foundation for the new tooth. If you think a dental implant might be the right choice for you, our friendly staff will be more than happy to discuss it with you in further detail.

What is a dental implant?

Dentist showing a patient a dental impant

A dental implant is essentially a high-tech replacement for the root of a tooth, which is surgically inserted into your jawbone. This implant acts as an anchor, holding in place your replacement tooth or bridge. It closely mimics the structure of a natural tooth, with the implant comparable to the root and the artificial tooth acting as the crown. This makes implants a very beneficial option for those missing either a single tooth or multiple teeth.

The process of receiving a dental implant involves several stages and is performed over a few months. After an initial consultation and assessment of your oral health, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. This is followed by a healing period, allowing the implant to integrate with the bone. Once fully healed, an artificial tooth is then attached to the implant. Throughout this entire process, our team of dental professionals will ensure you are comfortable and well-informed, providing comprehensive care and support.

Advantages of dental implants

One of the great advantages of dental implants is that they are designed to take on the normal function of your natural teeth. They give you tremendous functionality and the freedom to get on with life, allowing you to eat the foods you want to eat and continue a normal lifestyle.

Along with the practical and lifestyle benefits, implants have numerous other benefits as well. Many patients find their confidence restored with implants that look and feel like normal teeth. They also don’t adversely affect neighbouring teeth like some other dental treatments and are an extremely secure option.

Implants are a great option if you have suffered from tooth loss. They are made to look, feel and function like your natural teeth and help with your long-term oral health by protecting the gap left from tooth extraction or tooth loss.

Types of dental implants

With a variety of dental implant options available, it's vital to understand the differences to make an informed decision about the best solution for your needs. Dental implants vary in size, height, and type, and each is designed to address a specific dental issue. Here are some of the most commonly used types of dental implants:

  • Endosteal Implants: These are the most commonly used type of implant, placed directly in the jawbone. They are typically shaped like small screws, cylinders, or plates.
  • Subperiosteal Implants: These are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant is used in patients with a shallow jawbone that isn’t suitable for surgery.
  • Zygomatic Implants: These are the least common type. They're only used if the patient's jawbone isn't suitable for endosteal or subperiosteal implants. They are placed in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone.
  • Mini Dental Implants (MDIs): These are smaller than standard implants and usually used to secure a complete lower denture or in patients with inadequate bone quantity.
  • Immediate Load Dental Implants: Also known as same-day implants, which allow the placement of a temporary tooth on the same day as the implant placement.

Dental implant procedure

X-ray of a dental implant

The dental implant procedure at Hamilton Dental Centre is a multi-stage process, carried out by some of the most experienced and skilled dentists in the field.

  1. Consultation and Planning: The first step involves an in-depth examination of your oral health, jawbone quality and overall medical history. This is followed by comprehensive treatment planning with our highly experienced dental team at Hamilton Dental Centre.
  2. Implant Placement: Depending on the type of implant and the specific condition of your jawbone, your dentist will surgically place the implant in your jawbone. This procedure is carried out under anaesthesia for your comfort.
  3. Healing Period: After the implant is placed, the healing process commences. This can take several months as it allows for osseointegration, where the bone grows around the implant to secure it in place.
  4. Abutment Placement: Once your dentist confirms that the implant is securely fused with the bone, an abutment (connector) is attached to the implant which will hold your new tooth.
  5. Crown Fitting: The final stage is the fitting of the crown, made to match your natural teeth. This completes the restoration, leaving you with a fully functioning, aesthetically pleasing replacement for the lost tooth.

At Hamilton Dental Centre, our dental professionals are highly skilled and experienced in performing dental implant procedures. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care and treatment outcomes.

What are the risks of dental implants?

Like any surgical procedure, dental implants do come with a certain level of risk. Although the success rate is high, it's important to be aware of potential complications to make an informed decision about proceeding with the treatment.

  • Infection at the Implant Site: This is a common complication that can occur if post-operative care instructions are not closely followed.
  • Injury or Damage to Surrounding Structures: There's a small chance that teeth or blood vessels might be damaged during the procedure.
  • Nerve Damage: This could potentially cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin.
  • Sinus Problems: These can occur when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities.

At Hamilton Dental Centre, we prioritise patient safety and satisfaction above all else. Our expert team is proficient at managing risks and complications, and we provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to promote swift healing and optimal results. We always ensure our patients feel comfortable, informed, and cared for throughout their treatment journey.

Why choose Hamilton Dental Centre for your dental implants?

At Hamilton Dental Centre, we boast a team of experienced dental professionals, including our resident specialists, Dr David Blom and Dr Bashir Humadi. Dr Blom has a wealth of experience in performing dental implant procedures. Over the years, he has worked on a multitude of cases, ranging from single tooth replacements to full mouth rehabilitations, always ensuring optimal results and patient satisfaction. His profound knowledge and meticulous technique make him a trusted choice for dental implant surgery.

Dr Bashir Humadi brings his extensive expertise in dental implants to our practice. He has a long-standing history of offering outstanding dental care and has successfully performed numerous implant surgeries with high precision and care. Dr Humadi's commitment to patient safety, combined with his aptitude for managing potential complications, contributes to the overall high level of care at Hamilton Dental Centre. Both Dr Blom and Dr Humadi are continuously updating their skills through professional development, staying at the forefront of the latest advancements in implantology.

Dental Implant FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions at Hamilton Dental Centre when it comes to dental implants:

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