Missing teeth are an unfortunate fact of life for many people. Whether due to accidental damage or decay, a missing tooth (or teeth) has the potential to impact your confidence and quality of life seriously.
This is because, in addition to the aesthetic concerns, missing teeth can affect your speech and ability to chew correctly. The good news is that dental implants are a fantastic solution that can restore your smile and get you speaking and eating correctly once again.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants (also known as artificial teeth implants) consist of artificial teeth and roots inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Implants and their attached crowns closely mimic the look and function of real teeth. Dental implants can make an attractive alternative to dentures and bridges as they’re a more permanent solution that doesn’t require you to remove them at night.
Once the implant is in, you can forget about it and get on with your life (as long as that life incorporates an excellent dental hygiene routine, that is!).
In certain circumstances, instead of an artificial tooth, a dental implant can be fitted with special clips or attachments to hold a denture. This will minimise the movement of your dentures, making it easier to speak and chew foods you couldn’t manage before (without worrying about suffering the embarrassment of your dentures becoming loose or falling out of your mouth).
Because our highly trained staff have years of experience working with artificial teeth implants, you can rely on us to provide expert advice and the highest possible level of care.
Because dental implants are made from tooth coloured fillings, they look like your natural teeth.
Due to the fixed nature of dental implants, you can eat and drink normally.
Dental implants feel like your natural teeth and allow for comfort and mobility.
Last a lifetime
Generally speaking, your dental implant is designed to be permanent and last your entire life.
If you experience any of the following, dental implants may be the right treatment plan for you.
- Have lost a number of your original teeth?
- Are suffering from gum disease or another oral health issue?
- Are finding wearing dentures uncomfortable?
- Are not able to eat what you want?
- Have teeth that have started to move?
- Are unhappy with your smile?
Please book an appointment with your dentist for more information if you are considering dental implant treatment for yourself.
Will I need a dental implant procedure?
A dental implant procedure involves placing dental implants in the jawbone in a series of small operations. You can contact an appropriately qualified health practitioner for more advice on undertaking a surgical or invasive procedure.
- You will need to get a range of scans and x-rays done so that your dentist has a very clear picture of your mouth and teeth placement
- If required, damaged teeth will be removed.
- Dental implants are fitted into your jawbone in a minor operation.
- After a few months, the bone grows around the dental implant. Once the dental implant is stable, your dentist can create the foundations for the new tooth.
- Your dentist will then take a mould of your mouth to make you new artificial teeth
- Finally, your new teeth are screwed or cemented into the foundation.
If you choose to undergo the surgical procedure, your dentist will go through these steps with you in detail, and you can ask any questions you may have.
As with any surgical or invasive procedure, there is a certain level of risk involved. We recommend that you consult an appropriately qualified health practitioner so that you are aware of the risks before proceeding.
Some risks include:
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Nerve damage
- Sinus problems
What can I expect after my surgery?
After your series of operations, you may have some bruising, pain or swelling of the gums and face. You may bleed from your gums. This means you may have to eat soft foods to let your mouth heal.
A good oral health routine and regular dental checkups are imperative to your healing.
How much do dental implants cost?
Because each patient has different requirements, dental implant costs vary. We accept all private health insurance and we are a preferred provider for HBF (Member Plus provider), BUPA (Members First provider), HMF, Medibank (Members Choice provider). We also offer different types of payment plans for dental implant treatment.
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