Dental Implants

Turning a loss into a gain

If you’re missing teeth due to accident, infection or age, a dental implant could be the answer. Implant dentistry is a routine, safe and effective dental treatment.

Dental implants are now recognised as routine treatment for a full range of dental issues from replacing a single tooth, multiple teeth and full oral rehabilitation.

Dental implant surgery can support your ongoing oral health and general wellbeing by preventing the bone around a missing tooth from receding and causing unnecessary complications, such as difficulty chewing or damage to surrounding teeth.

Dental implants, also known as teeth implants, are artificial tooth roots surgically inserted into the jawbone and depending on the nature of your implant, can provide a permanent replacement for missing teeth. Replacement teeth such as crowns, bridges or dentures are anchored to the dental implant providing a complete restoration.

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A DCN dentist will be able to advise you on the best dental solution for your situation

If you lose a tooth to accident or oral illness, talk to your Dental Care Network dentist about your options. If your local dental practice does not offer dental implant services, they will be able to refer you to a Dental Care Network dental practice with an implant dentist on the team.

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Purpose of Dental Implants

The root of every tooth is a placeholder in the special sockets that hold teeth in the jaw. If a tooth is lost, the bone structures around the socket can begin to recede, remaining teeth may begin to shift and longer term this can cause unnecessary complications for oral health.

A dental implant is an artificial substitute for the root of a tooth made out of titanium. It is surgically inserted into the jawbone and fused with the jaw line to create the foundation needed to receive a crown, bridge or a denture.

The kind of tooth replacement fitted onto a dental implant depends on how many teeth are missing and the condition of the overall bone support around the dental gaps.

Eligibility for a Dental Implant

Anyone who is reasonably healthy and wants to replace missing teeth is a possible candidate for dental implants.

Specific factors for eligibility include the presence of enough bone in the area of the missing teeth to provide anchorage for the implants.

Even people who are entirely edentulous (missing all their teeth) can elect to have implants, so long as there is sufficient bone structure to enable the surgery.

Certain factors, such as diabetes, smoking, bleeding disorders, reliance on particular medications as well as compromised physical and mental integrity, may influence whether or not an individual is suitable for this dental procedure.

Process for receiving a Dental Implant

As with any surgical procedure, the process begins with a consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate for an implant.

The initial consultation will include radiographs (x-rays) of specific areas to examine if the region will support an implant, if there is enough room to place an implant fixture and eventually a restoration.

Placing a dental implant is a surgical procedure, so the consultation will cover medical history, provide advice to the patient on all aspects of the treatment plan and recovery time as well as outline the associated costs before setting a date for the procedure itself.

Once the implant procedure is complete, it takes time to fuse with the bone before the replacement tooth, bridge or denture can be attached. The amount of time will vary from case to case but once the dentist is satisfied the fuse is complete, a crown, fixed bridge or denture will be fitted.

Every patient will recover from oral surgery slightly differently depending on age and circumstance. Treatment plans should always be provided and the patient given every opportunity to ask questions about post-operative care before the date for any oral surgery is set.

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Single Implants

If only a single tooth replacement is needed, a dental implant can be inserted into the jawbone. Once restored with a dental crown, the implant should feel just like the missing tooth. The result will restore your smile while also being resilient.

Multiple Implants

As long as there is enough bone support, it is possible to replace many, or even all, of the teeth with dental implants.

One method is to use dental implants to anchor a denture or bridge, for a more secure, comfortable and functional replacement. This also reduces the discomfort of loose dentures.

Another alternative with a quicker treatment time is a method called “all on four”. This is used when replacing either a complete top or bottom set of teeth. The implants are deeper in the jaw bone and support a complete denture.

Dental Implants Costs

Dental Implants are a permanent replacement, so it’s crucial to make sure they are created and applied safely. This is why an experienced dental professional who is qualified in the treatment is so important.

As with most services, you get what you pay for, and dental is no different. Even though some dental practitioners might be offering attractively affordable rates, it’s important to ask yourself whether the financial savings are compromising the quality.

The experience of the dentist doing the Implants can affect the price significantly, as can the materials used and location of the dentist.

Dental Payment Plans

High-quality Dental Implants can be expensive. A dental payment plan can help make the treatment more affordable. Ask your Implant dentist about the options for paying off the treatment gradually rather than a payment up-front.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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