What are dental implants?
Unlike other tooth replacement options such as a dental bridge that only replace a tooth above the gum, dental implants are inserted into the jaw to replace the entire missing tooth down to the root.
Implants are usually made of titanium, which as well as being strong, is also compatible with human tissue. This means the implant can bond with the jawbone to create a secure foundation for your replacement tooth or teeth.
Once your jawbone has grown and bonded around the implant, an artificial tooth known as a crown is fixed over the top to complete the restoration. This replacement tooth is designed by your dentist to look and feel practically indistinguishable from a natural tooth. An implant can also support a bridge of several teeth or a removable denture.
Dental implants are a safe and effective treatment to replace missing teeth, as long as the procedure is carried out by a suitably qualified professional.
Who can get dental implants?
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implant treatment. During your consultation at our Northbridge dental clinic, we'll check your suitability and explain what the dental implant procedure involves so you can make an informed decision about whether it's right for you.
The ideal dental implant candidate is an adult of any age who has lost one or multiple teeth due to tooth decay or other dental disease, defects or injury. It's vital that you have healthy gums free from gum disease before the treatment can begin. There also needs to be enough bone in your jaw to hold the implant.
If you have poor oral hygiene, you smoke or you have certain chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease, you may still be able to get implants, but this will be at your dentist's discretion. Improving your oral hygiene and quitting smoking will greatly improve the chance of implant treatment being successful.
If your jaw is too small to support an implant, it may be possible to transfer bone from another part of your body or from a compatible donor through a bone grafting treatment. However, this procedure has its own clinical risks and is not suitable for people with certain health conditions.
To find out if you're a candidate for implants and whether the treatment is right for you, call (02) 9958 0400 to book a consultation for dental implants on the North Shore.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants Treatment at Sailors Bay in Northbridge?
Compared to tooth replacement alternatives such as a dental bridge or denture, there are many advantages of dental implants. These include:
Dental implants are made from strong materials such as titanium, making them very durable and long lasting. If looked after correctly, tooth implants can last a lifetime.
Implants are permanently fixed in the jaw and don't need to be removed for cleaning or flossing. You should take care of your implant just as you would a regular tooth.
Unlike removable dentures, that can sometimes affect speech and self-esteem, dental implants allow you to speak normally, without having to worry about teeth falling out.
Once your dental implant has bonded with your jaw, it should feel and function like a normal tooth. This avoids the discomfort that's sometimes associated with dentures and means you won't have to give up your favourite foods.
Supporting your jaw
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding jawbone can start to deteriorate and lose its strength over time. As dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw, they can stimulate natural bone growth and prevent bone loss.
Protecting your other teeth
As dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone and fit around your other teeth, there is no need to grind down your remaining healthy teeth, which is sometimes done for removable dentures.
Improving your appearance
Missing teeth don't only leave unsightly gaps, they can also affect the shape of your face when the underlying bone deteriorates. A dental implant fills the gap and can support new bone growth in the jaw, avoiding the sunken face look.