Dental Implants are the most durable treatment option for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Dental Implants last the longest and look natural. With the implant fused into the jawbone, this re-enacts the root of a natural tooth. As a result, implants help stimulate bone growth and maintain the support of neighbouring teeth.
Patients may eat, speak and talk naturally without having to remove any aesthetic components while eating, sleeping, or cleaning. They have the advantage of being placed permanently, which helps avoid slipping and movement. Dental implants are fixed into the jawbone, preventing any risk of damage or losing them.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the most durable and highest quality fake tooth restorations. A dental implant involves having a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone.
The implant provides similar support to the root of a natural tooth.
An abutment acts as the tooth’s inner core connecting the implant. Dentists use a dental crown to cover the abutment afterwards.
The porcelain crown is shaded (coloured) to be indistinguishable and natural among other teeth. Ceramic dental crowns cover the entire top portion of an implant.
What is the process for implant surgery?
The placement of dental implants involves an extensive surgical procedure and can take three to five months to complete. Their completion times may vary depending upon the natural healing time of the patient.
It is important to note that patients may experience discomfort during varying stages. These may include swelling, bruising, or minor bleeding.
In the first step, we sit down with each patient to compassionately provide different restoration options that may best suit you physically and financially.
Our implant dentist will extensively analyse your situation upon confirmation of the patient’s approval for a dental implant. The age and health of a patient can determine eligibility for dental implants.
Our team will take 3D imaging and x-rays of your teeth. 3D imaging and x-rays allow restorative dentists to provide the best treatment strategy.
Aesthetic dentists prepare the area for implant surgery before insertion. The preparation process may include deep cleaning and damaged tooth removal.
Design and Planning
Using the latest digital technology, our dental implant dentists utilise software to diagnose and design the placement of implants into their correct locations. Using technology allows for mapping and planning the patient’s jawbone structure, which helps provide a seamless surgical procedure.
Each individual’s jawbone and teeth are unique. As a result, each surgery is different. Insertion of a titanium root may average one to three hours.
After this phase of surgery, a healing process known as osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is defined and materialises when the jawbone grows and fuses onto the metal post. Osseointegration healing may take between three to six months.
Your cosmetic dentist will recommend food and health guidelines during this period. Smoking is strongly prohibited.
Abutment Attachment to Screw
Once osseointegration healing has been completed, and with the implant exposed, additional minor dental surgery is required to attach the abutment to the titanium screw (dental implant). Your dentist uses local anaesthesia during this procedure. Minor abutment surgery requires the following steps:
- Dental Implant surgery: reopen the gum area that has healed over the past several months to expose the dental implant post.
- The abutment is attached to the titanium screw.
- Exposed gum tissue is closed around but not over the newly attached abutment.
- Additional healing time is required post-surgery
Crown Attachment to Abutment
After the abutment attachment, your dentists will cement a ceramic porcelain crown over the abutment to complete the entire implant procedure.
Ceramic Dental Crowns are shaded (coloured) to match adjoining teeth. Your aesthetic dentist will work with you to choose the appropriate colour shade for your artificial teeth.
What are the benefits and advantages of a dental implant?
There are various benefits of dental implants vs standard removable dentures.
- Lower maintenance for cleaning. Good oral health practices at home include; brushing at least twice a day, flossing, mouthwash, and regular dental visits. The care of an implant essentially becomes similar to a regular tooth.
- Implant teeth have less chance of falling out or slipping while talking and eating, resulting in improved eating and speech.
- Implants prevent bone loss.
- No removal while sleeping or for maintenance
- The dental crown or bridges on an implant look natural while dramatically improving your smile.
How long do tooth implants last?
Different factors may influence how long teeth implants last.
With good oral health care and regular dental visits, implants can last for more than 15-25 years.
Studies have shown that implants are a permanent solution. They last longer than other teeth replacement options.
However, porcelain crowns are required to be replaced after ten years. Oral hygiene practices of patients can affect how long dental crowns last.
Are there requirements to be able to get an implant?
Patients should be in relatively good health to be eligible for dental implants.
Individuals with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, smoking history, or other medical conditions may have lower success rates. Medications outside of the dental implant procedure can affect the healing process.
As a result, our dentists will require you to disclose your medical history and current medical prescriptions confidentially.
What is the cost of a dental implant?
The costs of each singular dental implant vary as each case is tailored for each patients needs. On average a single dental implant may cost an estimate between $4,500-$5,500. Additional treatment such as extraction, decay or gum disease services may be required dependent upon the health of the patients tooth or surrounding teeth.
What to expect when getting dental implant treatment?
Getting a tooth implant can take three to five months and requires multiple appointments. Healing time between visits can last several weeks. As a result, times may vary with each patient’s recovery.
The stages of getting a dental implant include:
- Initial appointment examination from dentist to provide an adequate treatment plan
- Appointment for tooth removal (if required)
- If the patient’s jawbone is not thick or strong enough, a bone graft might be required.
- Implant insertion and placement
- Implant healing and bone growth to fuse onto the dental implant post
- Abutment placement
- Artificial tooth (dental crown) placement onto the abutment
Do you provide payment plans for dental implants?
Yes. Patients can make payments monthly or after each appointment in stages. Currently, our dental clinics are partners with ZipMoney, AfterPay, and Humm for payment plan options. There is also the possibility of using your superannuation for dental implants with Supercare.
Please note eligibility is subject to the provider. Please check with the third party vendors directly regarding their payment eligibility and minimum to maximum limits.
Can I access my super to pay for dental implants?
Yes, your superannuation can potentially be accessed to be used for dental implants. Amazing Smiles dental clinics have partnered with Supercare for superannuation access payments towards dental.
For eligibility and to find out more about how this works please visit https://mysupercare.com.au/
- Please note that the eligibility of a family member is determined within the definitions provided by the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.
Can smoking & vaping risk dental implants?
Dental professionals recommend patients stop smoking several weeks before and after implant surgery. Good periodontal (gum) health is vital for the surgery’s success.
Smoking immediately after surgery can increase the risk of infection.
Embarking on stopping the habit of smoking for the long term will improve overall oral health, the longevity of natural teeth, and the success rate of an implant.
Clinical research has found that tobacco interferes with the body’s ability to fight disease. As a result, the chemicals inhibit the gums’ blood flow, and the bacterial build-up affects the healing process.
Single Tooth Implant
A single implant crown is a treatment when a post is inserted and securely anchored into the underlying bone. Single implant crowns are the highest form of artificial tooth restoration as the post emulates the structural activity of a natural tooth.
Implants are often recommended to patients to prevent further bone loss.
Teeth implants help with bone growth by a process called osseointegration. As the bone fuses around the implant, this helps secure the post into the patient’s jawbone.
Dental Implant Bridge
Multiple dental implants are for patients that may have lost several neighbouring teeth. Rather than replacing each missing tooth with an implant, an alternative option is to use a bridge. An implant bridge consists of two or more dental implants inserted into the bone.
A dental crown is attached to each implant post; this completes the bridge structure. The surgical procedure for multiple implants can be performed on the same day by your implant dentist.
A standard dental crown bridge involves shaving teeth as the posts to support the ceramic bridge. Dental implant bridges require a titanium screw surgically inserted into the jawbone.
Full Arch Implant / All-on-4 Dental Implants
Full-upper or lower implant bridges are for patients with an entire row of missing teeth. As opposed to removable dentures, all-on-4 dental implants are a permanent solution. All-on-4 dental implants maintain a denture in place.
There are several advantages of full arch implants; Generally, they are simpler to maintain, easier to clean, look more natural and seamless along the gum line, and are more durable. They do not move while stalking or chewing. Rather than using a single implant per tooth, using four evenly separated dental implants is both cost-effective and less invasive for the patient.
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