What are dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the best solutions for replacing missing teeth.
Compared to conventional types of tooth replacement, dental implants do not require removable appliances or alteration to your adjacent healthy teeth.
Made from Titanium screws with specially treated surfaces, dental implants are placed (implanted) into your jawbone to function in a similar way to a natural tooth. Your bone then grows onto the implant in a process called osseointegration.
This is why we recommend dental implants for smile reconstruction for all our patients who qualify because dental implants generally have a high long-term success rate if they’re maintained and cleaned well.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several advantages compared to other tooth replacement options. Here are some of the key advantages of dental implants:
Improved Appearance: Dental implants are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. They are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your existing teeth, resulting in a seamless and attractive smile.
Enhanced Comfort: Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are permanently anchored into your jawbone. This eliminates the discomfort and irritation often associated with ill-fitting dentures, allowing you to speak, eat, and laugh with confidence.
Increased Functionality: Dental implants function just like natural teeth, enabling you to bite and chew food without any restrictions. They provide strong and stable support, allowing you to enjoy a wide range of foods without worrying about your teeth shifting or slipping.
Long-lasting Solution: With proper care and maintenance, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. They are highly durable and can withstand regular biting forces, making them a reliable and long-term tooth replacement option.
Preserves Jawbone Health: When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone can start to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots and stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving its strength and density.
Protects Adjacent Teeth: Traditional dental bridges require the adjacent teeth to be prepared and reduced in size to support the bridge. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not rely on adjacent teeth for support, keeping them intact and maintaining their natural structure.
Enhanced Speech: Ill-fitting dentures or missing teeth can affect your speech, causing slurring or mumbling. Dental implants restore your ability to pronounce words clearly, improving your speech and overall communication.
It’s also important to note that dental implant suitability may vary depending on individual circumstances.
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Different types of Dental Implants
Most dental implants are used to replace single or multiple teeth. In the instance of an individual tooth, the implant supports a ceramic crown on top of it. That way the final restoration blends in with your smile and is non-invasive to adjacent teeth.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
When only one of the patient’s teeth is missing, a single aesthetic dental implant is used. Dental implants are used in two stages. To replace the lost root, a titanium post is first placed into the gum. This will provide support and strength to the tooth. The missing tooth is subsequently replaced with a crown or denture attached to the post.
Multiple Dental Implants
Multiple dental implants are used in the same way as single dental implants, but they require more work because they are used to replace a few lost teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth in between healthy natural teeth, you may be a candidate for single or multiple implants. Candidates must also have healthy gums, jaw bones, and good oral hygiene.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
Simple dental implants may not be sufficient in cases of extensive decay or a majority of teeth lost. This is where the All-on-4® dental implants come in. All-on-4® is a permanent dental implant solution that can be used instead of full dentures. A full set of prosthetic teeth is hinged on four dental posts that support the entire set using All-on-4®.
Dental Implants Before and Afters
See below some of the dental implant procedures we’ve performed over the past few years. More photos to come soon.
What to expect from a dental implant procedure?
The first step in getting dental implants is finding out if you qualify. We’ll take an X-ray of the area to make sure there are no underlying issues (such as weak bone, locations of the nerves and sinuses or residual tooth roots).
We have an on-site scanning machine so that all imaging can be completed in our office. The 3D picture ensures that your implant can be placed in the safest and best location.
Implants take approximately three visits in total to complete. We offer sedation and special medications to help make your appointments and recovery as simple as possible. Plus, we follow up on patients after their surgery to ensure they’re doing well.
Depending on the strength of your bones and the health of your gums, the healing time after your implant placement (before the fixed crown or bridge can be installed) is anywhere from 2-6 months.
This timespan allows for the bone to integrate with your implants, making them a permanent part of your bite. Intermittent X-rays will show us if the implant has integrated properly.
If you have existing bone loss, augmentation material can be placed leading up to your installation surgery.
Who can qualify for dental implants?
Consultation with your dentist is the best approach to assess whether dental implants are the best solution for your situation.
During the consultation, make careful to discuss your health condition, medications, and whether or not you smoke.
A good candidate for dental implants should have the following characteristics:
- Teeth and gums that are in good condition
- Enough bone density to support the implant
- Committed to maintaining healthy dental hygiene practises
- There has been no treatment with bisphosphate medicines.
- Not having any chronic diseases, such as uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disorders, that may impair your capacity to heal.
- Nonsmoker or willing to stop smoking during the dental implant procedure
How long do dental implants last?
The lifespan of dental implants can vary depending on various factors, including the individual’s oral health, maintenance routine, and overall health. However, with proper care and maintenance, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
While dental implants are highly durable, their longevity can be influenced by several factors. These include:
- Oral hygiene: Good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings, are essential for the long-term success of dental implants. Proper oral hygiene helps prevent gum disease and peri-implantitis, which can compromise the stability and lifespan of implants.
- General health: Certain health conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and smoking can affect the healing process after implant placement and increase the risk of implant failure. Maintaining overall health and managing any systemic conditions can contribute to the longevity of dental implants.
- Bite forces and grinding: Excessive forces on dental implants, such as teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching, can exert stress on the implant and its supporting structures. In some cases, a nightguard or splint may be recommended to protect the implants from excessive forces.
- Regular dental check-ups: Routine visits to your dentist allow for early detection of any issues or complications with your dental implants. Your dentist will examine the implants, surrounding gum tissue, and perform necessary maintenance or adjustments to ensure their long-term success.
It’s important to note that while dental implants have a high success rate and are designed to be long-lasting, individual cases may vary.
Some implants may experience complications or require replacement over time.
Regular communication with your dentist and following their recommendations for care and maintenance will help maximise the lifespan of your dental implants.
Costs of dental implants
Say you need a single implant, without bone augmentation. It typically costs $3800 – $4400* so lets use the most expensive option as the example.
- Implant & Implant Crown: $3900
- Prepay and you could save $390. Therefore, you pay just $3510.
- Or put down $780 deposit, and just $130 a month for 2 years (or $120 a fortnight for a year). Note this may vary slightly depending on the finance option selected.
These great payment options are available for all treatment over $1000 – not just for implants!
If you do need bone augmentation/grafting to help give your implant a better long term prognosis, the cost varies from $300 – $450 per tooth depending on what is needed. About 1 in 10 people need this – and the CT Scan will tell us the answers.
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