Dental Implants Are the Gold Standard for Aesthetic and Functional Tooth Replacement
Missing teeth can be a huge problem, both functionally and aesthetically. Not only can missing teeth cause problems with eating and speaking, but they can also lead to bone loss. Dental implants can help restore your oral function and prevent bone loss.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement that is anchored in the jawbone to replace the roots of your missing teeth. Upon integration, titanium implants made from biocompatible materials provide the base for the attachment of artificial teeth. Implants fuse with the bone, which provides stability and prevents bone loss.
Joondanna Family Dental offers a personalised dental implant treatment to help you regain the function and aesthetics of your smile. We understand that each patient is unique, and as such, we tailor our dental implant services to meet your individual needs and goals.
Our Dental Implant Services
Single implants are specifically designed to replace a single missing or damaged tooth. A dental crown connects to the implant, which is securely attached to the jawbone for maximum stability and comfort. Single implants at Joondanna Family Dental are the ideal tooth replacement for both aesthetic and functional purposes.
If you are missing a few teeth, multiple implants can be an excellent way to replace them. Multiple implants can support and stabilise your prosthetic teeth without requiring any additional support from adjacent teeth. Joondanna Family Dental offers multiple implants that are strategically placed in order to provide excellent stability and function.
At Joondanna Family Dental, we offer a unique combination of dentures and dental implants. Dental implants are specially designed to provide reliable support for your dentures, and they are embedded directly into your jaw bone. They help stimulate and maintain strong jaw bone health, making them an ideal choice for anyone who wants reliable dental care without compromising their oral health.
Joondanna Family Dental is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients, and we are proud to offer implant-supported bridges as a tooth replacement option. As opposed to shaving down surrounding teeth for crowns, implant-supported bridges embed titanium screws into the jawbone to support the bridge. Your natural teeth will not be affected, and the implant-supported bridge feels and functions just like your natural teeth.
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Joondanna Family Dental is the place to go for dental implants. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care. We have a wide range of dental implant options to meet your individual needs. From single implants to implant-supported bridges, you can be sure that we will be able to find the right treatment for you.
At Joondanna Family Dental, we understand that the thought of undergoing dental surgery can be daunting. We have a variety of relaxation and sedation options available to help our patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their procedures. These options include the use of nitrous oxide (happy gas) as inhalation sedation, and oral sedation. We even offer IV sedation via an external anaesthetist for our most anxious patients.
FAQs about Dental Implants
Dental implants are an excellent replacement option if you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth. They come with the following benefits:
- A complete smile and an improved appearance
- Implants are easier to maintain than bridges and dentures. Taking care of them is much like taking care of your natural teeth.
- They can withstand greater chewing forces.
- Dental implants can help in improving your speech. Minimal soft tissue coverage means better phonetics and pronunciation.
- You will be able to chew properly. Your new implant-restored teeth will mimic your natural teeth’s function, so you will no longer have to compromise on food.
- Since they are custom-fitted for you, they feel like a natural addition to your mouth.
Dental implant treatment is an outpatient procedure that requires multiple phases. The procedure can take anywhere between three to twelve months.
During the first phase of the process, you will learn everything you need to know about dental implants. We will perform a comprehensive assessment of your gums, teeth, and jawbone. To ensure that you have healthy teeth and gums and that you have enough jawbone to support the implant, it is crucial that your dentist thoroughly examines your gums and teeth. Implant surgery requires good dental health.
We will begin your implant treatment when we have determined that you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will administer local anaesthesia and expose the bone by making an incision in your gums. They will then drill holes in the bone to insert and secure the titanium implant, which will serve as an artificial tooth root. The titanium implant will take three to six months to integrate with your bone. This is the osseointegration process.
The abutment screw will be attached once osseointegration is completed and the implant has stabilised. An abutment extends above the soft tissue and connects the artificial tooth to the implant. A protective layer of gum tissue will form around the abutment. There is a recuperation period of several weeks following the abutment installation.
The fabrication of the dental implant crown begins once the implant has grown into the bone and is firm enough to support chewing. Your dentist will take impressions of your remaining natural teeth and the abutment and send them to the dental laboratory for the fabrication of your artificial tooth. Depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, it could be a dental crown, bridge, or denture. The tooth replacement will be the only visible part of the implant.
We must evaluate each patient individually, as each case is unique. If you are missing teeth or need to have a tooth extracted, it is best to schedule an appointment with Joondanna Family Dental to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Here is a list of things you should check to see if you are a good candidate:
- You have one or more missing teeth.
- You have healthy gums and no gum disease.
- There is enough bone to support the implant, either with or without a graft.
- You have no medical conditions that preclude you from receiving implant surgery.
- Infection: Infections can occur during or after implant placement. The risk of infection increases with smoking, presence of autoimmune dissease and poor oral hygiene.
- Implant Failure: Without sufficient bone support, the implant won’t fuse with the bone leading to implant failure.
- Implant Rejection: The body may reject an implant in rare cases. Rejection can cause swelling, pain, fever, and chills.
- Sinus Perforation: In some cases, an implant placed in the upper jaw can protrude into the sinus cavity.
- Allergic Reaction: Patients allergic to titanium may experience tingling, swelling and loss of taste due to the titanium alloy in dental implants.
- Nerve Damage: This can occur if an implant is placed too close to a nerve. Signs of nerve damage include numbness or tingling in the gums, lips, tongue, and face.
Implants usually last between 20 and 30 years, and they don’t require any special maintenance. However, certain conditions like aging and tooth decay will affect their longevity. With proper care, the artificial tooth replacement attached to the implant abutment, whether it is a crown, denture, or bridge, can last between 5 and 15 years.
A healthy mouth is a prerequisite for dental implants. Teeth and bones deteriorate due to gum disease. Your jawbone must be strong and wide enough for your implant to be placed safely. Gum tissue and bone must completely surround the implant. If you have active gum disease, you are not a suitable candidate for dental implants. In order to qualify for dental implants, you would have to undergo gum disease treatment and possibly a bone graft.
Implant failure can have several causes, but the symptoms remain the same. If you begin to notice the following signs, it could mean that your dental implants are failing:
- severe discomfort or pain
- chewing difficulties
- swollen or inflamed gums
- loose implant or replacement tooth
- receding gums