Dental implants act as an anchor for porcelain crowns which function as tooth replacements. Crowns are then “fixed” onto these implants. Dental implants are one of the teeth replacement techniques that are used to replace missing teeth. They are particularly important for replacing highly damaged, unseemly teeth that are visible when you smile, laugh, eat, drink or talk.
The purpose of using dental implants is to ensure that any teeth replacement procedures leave you with teeth that look, feel and work like normal teeth. A titanium post is surgically implanted into your jawbone, and functions as an anchor or “post” for a crown. Over time and as you heal, this post fuses with the natural bone matter in your jaw, helping to create a durable and reliable foundation for your new tooth. Due to this, multiple appointments are required during the replacement procedure, as the body needs time to heal and complete the “fusing”, or osseointegration, process before the crown is attached. Denture implants are also an option for those requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.
A Dental Implant Consultation will assess and identify potential treatments and also alternative treatments that are indicated. During the Consultation you will be given a brief written and verbal summary of the Consult Appointment and details of the next step/s.
The Appointment Sequence for Dental Implant Treatment is often tailored program depending on each individual treatment. Before considering Dental Implants you will need to have a Consultation with a Dentist who can recommend the correct treatment program to suit your needs, discuss the time-frame for treatment and detail the likely costs involved.
Crowns and Implants are the most common way to replace missing teeth. There are two components to treatment: the Dental Implant; and the Porcelain Crown. The first component, the dental implant is first placed in the bone. The second component, the porcelain crown also contains an abutment which is the part which links the crown and the dental implant together.
Replacement of all teeth in a Jaw is possible with Dental Implants and Zirconia Bridges. Should you unfortunately need to replace all teeth, then this is an option which gives you good aesthetics and good function and ability to chew properly.
Dental Implants are the modern way to stabilise your loose dentures, keeping your dentures free from moving around and falling out. A common procedure for the loose lower denture.
Jaw shape and contour will shrink when teeth are missing. This process can be stabilised by the replacement of teeth with dental implants, however if bone loss is already significant, then rebuilding the bone with Bone Grafting may be required.
Dental Implant Treatments are consistently amongst the highest performing long-term treatments in Dentistry. Literature and experience shows that 90-95% of Dental Implant Treatments are functioning normally after 20 years, however they are an Invasive Procedure and suitability and care needs to be taken.
You will find some generalised costs for Dental Implants here. Brisbane Smiles will work to create personalised treatment plans and as such to find out an accurate estimate of costs you need to have a consult and assessment.
How successful the dental implant will be is dependent on a number of factors including how healthy you are, how good your dental hygiene is, and the amount of stress the implant will endure in daily dental activities such as chewing while eating and drinking. The practice of good dental health is always advisable, regardless of whether or not you require dental implant surgery. No dental treatment can be guaranteed forever, but follow the advice of your dentist and your dental implants will have a long-term life expectancy.
The risks associated with dental implant surgical procedures are the same with any invasive medical surgery, and they include the possibility of nerve injury, excessive blood loss, pain, failure of the procedure or all. Longer-term side effects (which usually tend to occur within six months of the procedure) can include infection, gum disease, bite issues, and failed osseo-integration. However, correct after-care can help to ensure a proper recovery. Also, you can be assured that the dentists conduct every procedure within our business’s Philosophy of Care.
For more information about the various dental implants, teeth replacement and dental implant surgery options. If you would like to book a professional consultation with one of our staff, please use the convenient online booking form. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, or if you can’t find the information you need on our website.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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