Dental implants are permanent replacements for lost or removed teeth. Designed to replicate your natural teeth, dental implants are fast becoming a popular form of treatment among those suffering from low self-esteem brought about by missing teeth or chronic dental problems. To find out more, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or complete the form below to request an appointment with our friendly dental professionals today.
ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants, also known as ‘screw in teeth’ are permanent replacements for teeth that have been lost or required previous removal due to gum disease or other issues. Not only do dental implants look great, they can be used to eat and chew just like natural teeth and are quickly becoming a popular form of treatment among those suffering from low self-esteem brought about by missing teeth or chronic dental problems.
Current dental implant technology consists of surgically placing either a pure titanium or zirconium tooth root replacement into your jawbone. This then heals and becomes a permanent base for your new crown or replacement bridged teeth or dentures.
The Dental Studio Stirling is proud to work with a network of highly specialised Perth laboratories to create high quality and affordable dental implants which are designed to best suit your individual wants, needs and budget.
DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQs
How do they work?
Implants are typically comprised of three main parts :
- The implant – This is the artificial ‘tooth root’ replacement. A pure titanium or zirconium dental implant screw acts as the anchor your new teeth and is positioned permanently into
- The abutment – This is the custom ceramic, titanium or gold component which joins your tooth crown to the implant root, it supports and holds the crown.
- The teeth – Once the implant and abutment have been positioned in place, your new teeth, be it a single crown, bridge or denture is then fitted.
How do I know if I need a dental implant?
If you have missing teeth, you might find that you have low self-esteem or lack confidence when you talk, eat or smile. In addition, missing teeth may also result in subsequent oral health issues for you as well. Implants can help give you back the confidence to smile by acting as a replacement tooth which fits, feels and functions as naturally as your original teeth.
If you’re ready to smile with confidence, then give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment to chat with one of our friendly dental professionals today.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. Before the procedure, we will numb the tooth and surrounding gum using a local anaesthetic. If you are feeling particularly nervous, you may wish be placed under IV sedation or general anaesthetic at additional expense. As with any surgical procedure, you may experience some mild pain or discomfort afterwards which can be managed through over the counter pain relief such as Panadol or Nurofen.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The time it takes to prepare the gum and insert the implant will vary from person to person. Everything is thoroughly and assessed prior to starting the process with the actual implant placement and procedures varying from one to two hours over three to five appointments undertaken in conjunction with either a specialist oral surgeon or periodontist.
Depending on the number and complexity of teeth needing to be replaced, we first discuss your wants and needs to formulate the best dental implant plan for you. This may involve a series of photos, moulds and 3D xray scans to determine your suitability and the number of implants required. Once ready, your surgeon will place the implant in the ideal predetermined position within the jaw and the gum secured over the implant. In most cases the gum and jaw bone are then left to heal around the implant before the abutment and crowns are inserted. Occasionally some cases may be suitable whereby broken down teeth may be extracted with the implant placement at the same time, this is determined on a case by case basis. The usual healing period can take anywhere from three-six months.
If your gum has adequately healed, our dental professionals will uncover your implant and take a custom mould to allow your abutment and crown to be fabricated by our highly experienced Australian implant and crown laboratories. Your final appointment will involve fitting your specifically designed crown, bridge or denture.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for dental implants?
If your jaw development is complete and you have good general and oral health, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants. While dental implants are considered the gold standard solution for replacing missing teeth, adequate bone tissue is required in order to support the implant which is why they are normally not inserted in people under the age of 18.
If you are a smoker or have certain medical conditions such as diabetes or osteoporosis, this can also affect your eligibility for treatment.
The best way to find out if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants is to come in for an evaluation by one of our highly trained dental professionals. Simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment online today.
How do I take care of my dental implants?
Just like your regular teeth, dental implants need to be thoroughly cleaned and maintained as they are still susceptible to gum disease, infection and bone loss. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, regular scale and cleans and check-ups will also help to ensure that the teeth and surrounding gums and bone remain healthy.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?
Unlike dentures which are removable and can sometimes shift in your mouth; dental implants are permanent and remain securely fastened in the mouth, giving you the same stability as your natural teeth. By resembling your original teeth, they are cleaned and looked after in the same way and do not rely on surrounding teeth for support. By preserving your jaw bone and facial structure, dental implants are considered the optimal cosmetic and functional solution for replacing missing teeth, allowing you to speak, chew and smile with ease.
Like any dental or surgical procedure, there are always risks and factors which may affect the effectiveness of the treatment. This includes infection at the dental implant site, nerve damage, sinus issues and injury or damage to surrounding teeth, tissue or blood vessels.
What is the difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant?
Thanks to modern day advancements in dental technology, teeth replacements have come a long way with more options for you to choose from than ever before. In the past, a dental bridge was considered your only choice for non-removable teeth replacement. However these days, dental implants may be a more suitable option, offering a stronger and permanent solution.
When it comes to taking care of your dental implant or bridge, there are some noteworthy differences. As dental bridges are cemented into the mouth with a minimum of three crowns to help fill the space of the missing teeth, this can create challenges when brushing and flossing. Dental implants are designed to replace an individual tooth without impacting the surrounding teeth, making it easier to continue to daily oral health routine.
When properly cared for, a dental implant can be more durable than a dental bridge. The implant’s metal screw which is normally made from titanium fuses with your jaw bone and cannot suffer from tooth decay, potentially lasting a lifetime. Dental bridges on the other hand on average have a life span of up to 10 years. During this time the portion of natural tooth which lies underneath the bridge and the crown may still experience wear and tear and exposure to tooth decay and gum disease, causing the bridge to break down over time.
While there are similarities and differences between these two types of teeth replacement, the best way to determine the most suitable option for you is to visit your local dentist.
To find out more about dental bridges and implants and to assess your suitability, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.
What if I don’t replace my missing teeth?
Along with the associated functional and cosmetic issues such as looking prematurely aged, missing teeth can also cause other oral health problems. When your teeth are missing the bone that surrounds the teeth is not stimulated, causing your jaw bone to become weaker and shrink in size. This not only affects the shape of your face but can also result in bone loss, increase your chances of gum disease and sometimes impact the surrounding healthy teeth, putting you at risk of losing more teeth.
Are there any dangers associated with dental implants?
Like any dental procedure, there are always risks and potential complications which may affect the effectiveness of the treatment. This includes infection at the dental implant site, nerve damage, sinus issues and injury or damage to surrounding teeth, tissue or blood vessels.
How much do dental implants in Perth cost?
Whether you are interested in a full set of dental implants or single implants per tooth, the cost of treatment does vary from person to person depending on the treatment required. To find out more about the payment options and rebates associated with your dental implant, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.
Do you have any before and after images of dental implants?
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Not only do dental implants look great, they can be used to eat and chew just like natural teeth.
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If you’re ready to experience The Dental Studio Stirling difference, please give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment to meet with one of our friendly dental professionals today.