Dental implants can help you restore your smile!
What Are Dental Implants?
Tooth loss is a prevalent dental problem that is often neglected. While it may seem harmless, it can be the root cause of additional complications such as spacing issues, bone loss, gum degradation, chewing difficulty, and cosmetic concerns, especially if the missing tooth is in the front teeth.
Dental implants are one of the dental procedures that dentists recommend.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is used to replace a natural tooth root that has been extracted or lost due to damage. Titanium, which is non-toxic to the human body, is often the material used to make implants. One of the advantages of implants is their ability to function similarly to natural teeth while matching the colour of your remaining teeth.
In comparison to dentures, which are removable artificial teeth, dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone in the upper or lower jaw where the tooth root has fallen out. Implants fuse with the bone, providing stability and a solid foundation for tooth replacements such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.
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The adjacent teeth are preserved by replacing only one tooth and skipping the common dental bridge procedure. Dental implants come in a variety of length and width options as well as shades, so you don’t have to worry if the implant will stand out among the other teeth.
Since molars provide the majority of the chewing force, a maximal implant is always recommended.
Our dentist can determine the precise jaw dimensions prior to surgery through careful planning, so they can select the best implant to replace the tooth.
Dental CT scan technology can be used to precisely plan implant surgery using computer-assisted planning software.Explore Single Implants
Why Choose Piara Waters Dental For
If this is the case, dental implants may be the best way to replace your missing teeth.
Our dental implant team is skilled and experienced, so you may put your trust in them for your dental implant needs. Piara Waters Dental offers dental implants and other dental treatments to meet the specific needs of our patients in Harrisdale. Our dental implant team is skilled and experienced, so you can put your trust in them and receive a successful treatment.
At Piara Waters Dental, one of our goals is to provide patients with dental care while also restoring their confidence.
For a dental implant consultation, please call us at 08 6196 4661 or book an appointment online.
FAQ’s About Dental Implants
Dental implants may be the most effective way to replace missing teeth. However, it may not be an appropriate treatment for others.
You must inform your dentist about any medical history you have, such as recent dental restorations, diabetes, other health conditions, and any medications you are currently taking.
Signs that may indicate you are a good candidate for the implant surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- It is important to have healthy gums and teeth.
- Adequate bone density is important to provide a stable foundation for the implant.
- Maintaining good oral habits.
- Non Smoker or willing to give up smoking
- Patience is required because the process could take up to twelve months to finish.
Generally, the placement of a dental implant requires multiple processes. First, your dentist will surgically insert a titanium post into your jawbone. The healing period will last several weeks or months. During this time, the implant will osseointegrate, or fuse with your natural jawbone. This gives a solid foundation for tooth replacement.
The new teeth are then attached using a little connector called an abutment, which is placed on top of your dental implant. The replacement teeth or customised crowns are then attached to the abutment, resulting in teeth that resemble and function exactly like the original teeth.
Improve your appearance.
Once most or all of the natural teeth are severely damaged or gone, the jawbone lacks stimulation for bone formation. When the human body recognises that the jawbone is no longer needed to support teeth, it begins to deteriorate, affecting the facial structure, which eventually collapses. Dental implants provide the additional benefit of conserving bone and avoiding further degradation of the facial structure, thus improving your appearance.
It avoids bone loss.
Delaying treatment for your missing teeth could result in further problems. The jawbone deteriorates and loses structural strength when it is not used to support a natural tooth. Dental implants are the only restorative technique that both protects and promotes natural bone growth, thereby encouraging bone growth and reducing bone loss.
Free from cavities.
Maintenance is still necessary for artificial teeth to prevent bacteria from building in your mouth and causing infections. Despite the material used to create dental implants, which is cavity resistant, proper brushing of your teeth every day is important. You’ll never have to worry about cavities in your dental implants again!
It matches your healthy remaining teeth.
Dental implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Your dentist will work with you to design implants that are the same colour as your surrounding teeth and fit correctly in the gap.
Dental implants are an alternative to long-term treatment. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges have a lifespan of five to seven years and can last up to 10 years with proper care, but they will need to be replaced at some point. While dental implants may need to be adjusted, they can last a lifetime if correctly placed and maintained over time.
- Before the surgical procedure, you will have an initial consultation with the dentist. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw carefully. They will take X-rays and talk with you about your options for implant surgery.
- During the surgery, the dentist will make an incision in your gums, holes in the bone are drilled, and the post for the dental implant is implanted. Osseointegration happens after the implant is inserted. This is how the jawbone integrates with the dental implant. After osseointegration, additional surgery is required for the placement of the abutment, which is where the crown and artificial tooth will be attached.
- Once your gums have healed, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and use them to create a personalised replacement tooth, often called a crown. The crown is then secured to the abutment.
After your implant surgery, you may experience discomfort, mild bleeding, bruising, and swelling, which are all normal side effects. During your recovery, it is important to consume soft foods, cold foods, and warm soups and avoid hard and chewy foods. The dentist would most likely prescribe over-the-counter medications to relieve any pain.
If no additional surgeries are required, you can expect your active dental implant to heal in four weeks on average. However, because osseointegration may take six to nine months, the entire procedure may take a year. After your consultation, your dentist will be able to give you a specific recovery time period.
Dental implants are now a common procedure in the field of dentistry. According to studies, tooth implants can have a success rate of up to 90% to 95%. The dental implant treatment, like other surgical treatments, carries potential health concerns. Despite the fact that risks are uncommon and easily treated.
- Infection around the implant site.
- Damage to nearby soft tissues or structures of the mouth, such as teeth or gums.
- Natural teeth, gums, and lips may experience pain and numbness as a result of nerve injury.
- If the implants are placed in the upper jaw, they may protrude into your sinus cavities, causing sinus difficulties.
It can be quite challenging to discuss an estimated cost of dental implants without consulting the dentist. The cost completely depends on different factors, such as the type of dental implant and the number of teeth that require replacement.
The Australian Dental Association estimates that the average cost of dental implants in Western Australia is between $2600 and $5517 per tooth. On the other hand, an implant-supported bridge can cost between $6206 and $9439.
Here are the common alternative treatments to dental implants:
- Removable partial dentures (acrylic or metal)
- All-on-4 dental implants
- Dental bridge
- Tooth-supported fixed bridge
- Removable complete denture (acrylic or metal)
- Resin-bonded (otherwise called the Maryland) bridge