What are Dental Implants?
A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jawbone.
Manufactured from an extremely strong, biocompatible titanium, Dental Implants bind with the bone in a process called ‘osseointegration’ which, effectively cements the implant into the jaw. Neighbouring teeth also benefit from this procedure, and chances of avoiding gum disease, teeth shifting, and premature tooth wear improve dramatically as well.
Dental Implants are a much more comfortable and natural option than traditional dentures and aesthetically, they do resemble a normal tooth root.
When should Dental Implants be used?
Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, Dental Implants are the perfect treatment to help you regain that gorgeous smile again.
Using some of the most advanced dental techniques available to patients today, Dental Implants can be used to:
- 1) Restore one or more missing teeth.
- 2) Anchor a dental bridge.
- 3) Support a full denture.
Dental Implants versus dentures or a bridge
Dental implants offer many advantages over more traditional restorations such as dentures or dental bridges, including:
- An enviable rate of success guaranteed by their highly predictable results.
- Once inserted, dental implants look and function exactly like your natural teeth. Because they securely integrate with your jawbone, implants help to prevent bone loss and receding gums, which are often an unwanted by-product of dentures and bridges.
- Unlike dental bridges, implants don’t need your neighbouring healthy teeth to be altered in any way to provide support. With your healthy tooth enamel remaining untouched, you can experience much better oral health over the long term.
- Dental Implants can help you speak, chew and live normally once more, without having to ever worry about loose, ill-fitting dentures.
Your dental implant treatment
Your journey towards regaining a complete smile begins with a personal consultation with Dr Yassmin at our Sydney based dental clinic, to determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. If together we decide to proceed, the next step is implant placement surgery.
Usually under local anaesthetics, the tooth implant is gently eased into your jawbone through a tiny incision in your gum. You then take a break from treatment for around three months, to allow the implant to securely integrate with your bone.
Between three and six months later, we invite you to our clinic again to have your new tooth restoration fitted. Once this dental crown or bridge is placed on your implant, your tooth replacement is complete, and you can enjoy the feeling of a smile, which is whole, healthy, and attractive once again.