Dental implants have become a choice treatment option for many people who are missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a replacement tooth “root” constructed of medical grade titanium. Dental implants are extremely stable, strong and natural looking.
Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and offer freedom from loose dentures. They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
Dental implants help maintain the upper and lower jawbone preventing bone shrinkage and resorption, this can help reduce jowls, turkey neck, sunken cheeks, and other signs of ageing.
Usually, anyone healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction is also a good candidate for a dental implant.
Dental implants have a very high success rate – 90%-95% over 10 years and are increasingly becoming the treatment of choice for dentists and patients.
Structure of Dental Implant
Types of Dental Implants:
There are many different types of implants depending on what we are planning to achieve with them.
- Replacing a single tooth; If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
- Replacing several teeth; If you are missing several teeth, implant supported bridges can replace them. The implants also have the advantage of stimulating the jaw bone and keeping it healthy.
- Replacing all of your teeth; If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported bridge or full denture can replace them. Implants also work well for people who are struggling with loose uncomfortable dentures
Benefits of Dental Implants:
Dental implants are a great way of replacing missing teeth. They are a conservative, fixed solution for replacing missing teeth, meaning they look and feel just like your natural tooth. Implants allow you to speak, eat and function normally and without discomfort. The finished result is an extremely durable, aesthetic tooth which also prevents unwanted tooth movement and prevents wear of neighbouring natural teeth, which may prevent further tooth loss in the future. Dental implants, unlike conventional bridgework, don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.
Cost for Dental Implant:
Costs for dental implants may vary depending on the current bone structure (edentulous ridge). After a tooth is removed, the bone gradually shrinks. Over time, the longer the tooth is missing, generally the more complex the treatment. The cost of a dental implant is split into two, the surgical procedure for the placement of the implant into the bone and the prosthetic phase, to fabricate the crown which fits the implant. This will take place over several months. For a ballpark number, to replace one missing tooth, you would be looking around the $5000 mark. After doing all the preparing and understanding what will be required, we would be able to calculate an exact figure
Dental Implants Procedure:
The procedure begins with a thorough examination which includes a series of scans to examine the bone structure present and surrounding anatomical structures. The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health.
Once planned, the surgical procedure is undertaken under local anaesthetic, where the dental implant fixture is placed into the jaw. This is left in the bone for approximately 3 months so the bone can grow and fuse around the implant. During this time, you may have a temporary denture or a small metal healing cap over the implant.
Once the dental implant is integrated/ fused to the bone, moulds are taken to fabricate the permanent crown specific to the implant.
After treatment, we will work closely with you to develop the best care plan. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.