What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant, also known as tooth implant, is essentially a small titanium fixture that can be placed in the upper or lower jaw, to replace the root portion of a missing tooth. The titanium bonds with the bone to serve as an anchor for the tooth replacement.
Dental implants are a good option for individuals who have lost a tooth or teeth and provide many benefits over traditional forms of tooth replacement. The procedure is these days considered to be the most functionally effective and durable choice for the replacement of missing teeth.
Dental implants vs. dental crowns - Dental Implants Procedure
Why get a dental implant?
Tooth Implants are a preferred method of teeth restoration – as opposed to dentures or bonded bridges – because they are fixed and therefore there should be no shifting, breaking or falling out of the mouth.
Another advantage of dental implants is that, unlike dentures or bonded bridges, they do not allow for shrinkage of the jawbone which may cause an individual’s face to look older.
What is the procedure of a dental implant?
Dental implants may initially require a period of osseointegration (the joining of the bone and the titanium, forming a solid union).
To start the procedure we make small pilot hole in the space where the tooth is missing, this will guide the titanium screw that will be responsible for holding the artificial tooth.
After about 3 months a button is placed on the dental implant. Over the next few days the gum will shape itself around it to form a seal for the porcelain crown.
The final step is the crown.
How successful are dental implants?
Dental implants have a very high success rate.
According to recent statistics, the success rate of implants dentistry is very high, with a 5-year success rate of 95% for the lower jaw implants and 90% for upper jaw implants.
It is important to note that if you are a smoker you will be advised to stop smoking before undergoing the process as smokers have a high risk of implant failure.
How should I care for the implant?
Dental implants are not susceptible to the formation of cavities, however, good oral hygiene is still needed to avoid problems such as gum disease.
Keep up your normal dental hygiene routine including brushing and flossing regularly. It is also important to have your implant teeth checked and professionally cleaned every 6 months, or more frequently if advised.
Our team of dentists focuses on this area so that we can offer great value, high-quality tooth implants treatment to all.
Dental implant costs
A common question asked by patients is “How much do dental implants costs”.
The cost of dental implants varies due to number of factors –
- How many dental implants are required to fill the missing tooth gap.
- Any work that might need to be done before the dental implant procedure, like a tooth extraction.
- Cost of the implant titanium parts. As there are differences and some implant brands.
- The cost of laboratory for the porcelain crown.
- Whether there is a need for bone grafting can add cost to your dental implants.
Free dental implant consultation
We offer a free 10 minute consultation to talk specifically about your implant case tailored to you and give you an idea of treatment options as well as their costs.
The dentist will focus on this area so that we can offer you advice on the tooth implant treatment on individual bases.
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We are proud to be servicing Randwick and Sydney surrounding areas like Coogee, Kensington, Clovelly, Kingsford, Maroubra, and Eastern Sydney suburbs.
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Read our latest blog on The Patient’s Guide- Preparing for a Dental Implant Surgery.