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Dental Implants Overview


Dental Implants are the most popular treatment option to replace missing teeth. The loss or damage of even a single tooth can have a considerable impact on a person’s everyday life and self-esteem. It can change one’s entire personality. Many people with dental problems avoid smiling and going out, causing them to appear less social, or unhappy.

Regardless of the aesthetic and psychological reasons, missing teeth should be replaced. Each and every gap in your tooth placement potentially poses problems to your long term dental health. One missing tooth can ultimately lead to the loss of additional teeth and ultimately a change in your facial appearance over time.

The missing tooth can lead to a chain reaction. Adjacent teeth can collapse into the gap, while teeth in the opposing jaw can grow into the gap. Missing teeth can affect nutrition and well-being, as the types of food that can be consumed are often limited, hence resulting in deficiencies in vitamins and nutrients. For example, denture wearers often find it difficult to eat nuts, seeds and crunchy raw vegetables. Missing teeth also causes the bone to gradually break down as the bone resorbs and gives patients a sunken face or “the witches look”.

Unlike conventional dentures, dental implants are permanent anchors and eliminate problems of poor fit, gum irritation, pressure points and food trapping under dentures and do not have an odour associated with them.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium ‘roots' which, when placed in the upper or lower jaw, bond with the bone, thus acting as anchors for the replacement teeth (implant crowns and bridges).

Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth and have the highest success rate for tooth replacement (over 95%). They prevent bone loss and shrinkage of the jawbone which can make the face look older and therefore implants gives you a younger looking appearance.

 

Why Dental Implants?

Dental Implant Benefits - Eat what you want
Eat what you want
Dental Implant Benefits - Improved appearance
Improved appearance
Dental Implant Benefits - Improved speach
Improved speach
Dental Implant Benefits - Taste food again
Taste food again
Dental Implant Benefits - Comfortable and permanent
Comfortable and permanent
Dental Implant Benefits - Look younger
Look younger
Improved self esteem
Improved self esteem
Long lasting
Long lasting

Dental Implant Options

Single Implants

Single Dental Implants

If you are missing only one tooth, a dental implant is often the best choice. The dental implant replaces the lost tooth root and acts as post for the implant crown. Grinding the neighbouring teeth is not tooth root and transmits the chewing force from the tooth crown to the jaw bone. This natural stress keeps the keeps the jaw bone vital so that it does not resort. Learn more here.

Multiple Implants

Multiple Dental Implants

For two or more missing teeth, a bridge supported by implants counteracts bone loss and protects the remaining healthy teeth. A bridge firmly anchored to provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional result that helps prevent further loss of natural bone. Learn more here.

All-on-4® Concepts

Full Arch Dental Implants

The All-on-4® concept refers to a procedure where patients receive just four or more implants and a full set of new replacement teeth within a day! It is the most common treatment in our clinic today for a full arch rehabilitation. Learn more here.

 

Timeline

The first step of the dental implant procedure is a comprehensive initial consultation where your teeth, gums and jaw are examined. A 3D CBCT scan is required at this stage to determine the implant positions and to assess the amount of bone to secure the implant. A detailed treatment plan is then provided to you detailing the costs and appointments needed for your procedure.

Titanium Dental Implants

On the day of your implant surgery, we will uncover the gum to insert the implant under the jaw bone, usually under local anaesthetic or intravenous sedation if preferred. This procedure will take approximately 1 to 2 hours depending on the number of implants to be placed. Once in place, the implant is left to heal and integrate into the bone for 3-6 months. If necessary, a temporary crown can be fitted for this interim period.

Titanium Dental Implants

3-6 months later an abutment will be placed and a mould of your mouth is taken for a crown or bridge to be custom made to fit.

Once the laboratory completes the final restoration, this is secured into the implant abutment, giving you a natural looking and comfortable smile.

Multiple Teeth Implants

Dental implants have been gaining popularity on a day-to-day basis and are by far the most popular way to replace missing teeth in both the upper and lower jaw. Regaining a full set of teeth is going to work wonders for your confidence and significantly improve your quality of life.

The benefits of dental implants are vast and the team at Care Implants can fulfil all of your dental implant needs in Sydney. We have state-of-the-art facilities and experienced, friendly practitioners to meet every requirement and give you the best experience possible.

Fixing your teeth in due time is essential because it’s a proactive step towards proper dental wellness - missing teeth can lead to more missing teeth so maintaining your dental health is essential.

Unlike traditional dentures, getting multiple teeth implants don’t require nearly as much maintenance and eliminate gum irritation, the issue of poor-fit and food getting trapped beneath dentures.

Dental implants are the future of oral health – our dental specialists can evaluate each particular case and provide you with all the information regarding our different treatment options so you can make the correct, informed choice. Not only can you better your appearance and confidence, implants can also lead to improved speech, taste, general oral comfort and overall dental longevity.

The Three Basic Options

There are three basic options for dental implants:

1. Single Implants

Having a single pulled out tooth is not a massive issue, but one that still needs to be addressed quicksmart. The most durable and natural-looking replacement option is a single tooth implant. In this scenario, the dentist puts an implant in the tooth’s root to serve as the post for a crown, building out your smile and ensuring that area of the mouth stays healthy for decades.

2. Multiple Implants

When there are two or more missing teeth, using a bridge in addition to implants helps to support the affected area and assists in the prevention of bone loss while protecting remaining teeth. Once implants are in, the bridge is then firmly anchored down to provide a more functional and better-looking end result.

3. All-on-4 Treatment

This particular procedure involves the use of (but isn’t limited to) four implants - teeth are set into the jaw, complete with crowns and can be done so within a single day. It can take your smile from sparse to spectacular in a single procedure. All on 4 Implants are the most requested full arch rehab treatment here at the Care Implants clinic.

Dental Implant Timelines and Procedures

We know that people are often afraid of going to a dental clinic so below, we’re going to give you a comprehensive guide on how the process unravels and what goes into each step timing-wise to put your mind at ease. It's a very simple process that initially begins with a thorough consultation, where one of our practitioners will perform a detailed analysis of your gums, teeth, and jawbone.

This consultation is crucial - preparation is everything in the dental industry. A 3D CBCT scan is an important part of the preparation process and one of the first things we’ll do. It helps point out where the implants need to be placed and assesses the amount of healthy bone you still have left, ensuring that.the jaw can keep the implant firmly rooted.

The next step is calculating costs. Our professional implant specialists will work with you to assess the costs and then suggest a detailed treatment plan devised throughout the consultation process in addition to an appointment plan.

The implant surgery itself is one of bits you should fear the least. When you’re due for implants, we’ll uncover the gum to expose the tissue of the area being treated, after which an implant is inserted beneath the jawbone. While this sounds painful, you have nothing to worry about – it’s done using local anesthetic or intravenous sedation.

The length of the procedure will vary based on how many dental implants you need and may take up to two hours. After surgery, the implant will slowly acclimate and will take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to fuse with the bone. If required, we can add a temporary crown over the top so that you feel more comfortable while it heals.

After the healing period, an abutment is placed and a mould of your mouth is taken. Through this mould, a special new set of teeth are created to fit your jaw. Afterwards, we here at Care Implants fit the mould onto your implants and leave you with a brand new, gleaming smile – no one will even realise you’re rockin’ artificial teeth!

All surgical or invasive procedures carry certain risks. Before you proceed, ask for a second opinion from a respectable and qualified health practitioner.