Dental implants have revolutionised the way dentists can replace missing teeth. Before the development of dental implants, people with dentures were unable to chew many kinds of food; this has all changed with the widespread use of dental implants. At Evolve Dental in Kenmore we work with a highly qualified implant team to ensure the best outcomes prior to placement of the crown tooth/teeth onto your implant.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that fuses with the jawbone and more recently an implant can be made out of full ceramic which means its even safer for the health of your body.
The process of fusing an implant with bone, called Osseo integration, involves connecting the implant with a component called an abutment that supports the crown or replacement tooth.
What benefits does a dental implant over other teeth-replacement options, such as bridges or dentures?
Real teeth and dental implants help to preserve the jawbone and therefore the support for your face and lips. Bridges and partial dentures involve using your remaining teeth for support and can actually harm to the rest of your teeth. They also do not help preserve the jawbone thickness and height.
A bridge means we have remove good tooth structure from the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space, and partial dentures require other teeth to hold them in place, which places more stress and force on them when chewing.
The average lifetime of a bridge is 10–15 years, and the failure rate of the teeth that hold a bridge or a partial denture is about 30 percent.
As for full dentures, these can slip, rub and fall down (which can be very embarrassing) as well as restrict the types of food that you can eat.
When an dental implant replaces a tooth it provides stability to the jawbone without damaging teeth. The long-term success rate for dental implants is 90-97 percent.
Dental implants allow people to eat anything with confidence. An implant can replace one missing tooth, but as few as four implants can replace all the upper or lower teeth. The number of implants required depends on the quality and size of your jawbone.
Your replacement teeth will be attached to these implants.
Soon, you'll be able to chew just as you did with your natural teeth.
An implant is placed by making a slit in the gum over the site of the missing tooth and then the implant is literally screwed into the bone before the gum tissue is stitched closed. A dental implant can placed under local anaesthesia (your mouth is numb just like when getting a filling) or you may opt for sedation.
At our Kenmore dentist we advise that the implant must sit for a minimum of 3-4 months for bone fusing to take place before teeth can be attached.
Successful placement of dental implants requires a team approach from an oral surgeon, who surgically places the implant, and a restorative dentist like Dr Rachel Hall of Evolve Dental Healing Kenmore, who makes and fits the teeth.
People of all ages can have implants, except growing children.
Even if you have bone loss from gum disease, there are bone-grafting procedures that can be performed so that implants can be placed.
People with existing medical conditions can also have implants if their conditions are controlled.
Our Kenmore Dental team can evaluate your condition and advise what implant treatment should be used.
If you have dentures or are missing teeth, implants can improve your quality of life and give you confidence when eating or smiling. They are easy to maintain by brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth.
Contact us to discuss your options to replace your missing teeth today. 07 3720 1811.