Dental implants are proving to be the most popular choice for replacing a missing tooth. This is largely due to the advantages they offer over more traditional options.
Dental implants are the closest thing to actually having your own natural teeth back again. They are strong, long lasting and can be used to replace one or more teeth. Get dental implants today at our Adelaide practice on Port Road – just outside of the CBD.
The advantages of tooth implants.
Natural looking teeth: An implanted tooth looks and feels just like your normal teeth. While we would still suggest care be taken when biting certain hard foods, most people find it hard to notice any difference from their old tooth.
Longer lasting: Because the implanted tooth acts as a stand alone tooth, not relying on adjacent teeth to keep it intact, it does not depend on the neighboring teeth to remain in position.
Ease of care: Unlike dentures, which need to be removed for cleaning, the implanted tooth is cleaned just like your normal teeth. No need for special tooth brushes, and it certainly won’t get lost.
An implanted tooth looks and feels just like your normal teeth.
How do dental implants work?
A titanium screw is “implanted” into the jaw, effectively replacing the root of your missing tooth. A crown or denture is then added to the implant to replace your missing tooth.
What is the procedure for having a tooth implanted?
Obtaining a dental implant is a two step procedure:
Step one: In the space of the missing tooth we implant a specially coated titanium bolt or ‘screw’ into the bone of your jaw.
The screw will, over the space of several months, bond with the bone so that it becomes a secure fix for the upper part of your implant. This is a minor surgical procedure, usually performed by a recommended periodontist.
Step two: We fit a tooth shaped crown to the implanted screw. We usually do this 3 to 6 months after the first step to ensure that the implant has integrated correctly with the bone and is ready to take the burden that working teeth require.
While this procedure is more time consuming, and usually more costly, than a bridge or denture, the longer term benefits and the overall look created by dental implants often outweigh these issues.
Who are dental implants suitable for?
Most people can benefit from the dental implant procedure whether it is replacing an individual tooth or a set of teeth. Dental implants are also effective in stabilising dentures – say goodbye to poorly fitting and painful dentures.
However, while dental implants are usually the preferred choice, they may not be suitable for you. For example, there are health and suitability considerations for smokers and some diabetics. In some patients with diminished bone density the ability of the implant to “bond” with the bone in their jaw can be affected.
Our Dental implant team.
Not all dentists are qualified to place dental implants. At Adelaide Quality Dental we partner with local Adelaide implant specialists to give our patients a seamless beginning-to-end dental implant process.
Want to know more about getting dental implants?
Get in touch with us for a consultation on your suitability for dental implants, along with a discussion about the whether it is your best option to replacing a missing tooth. Book now for your consultation.
Call us on (08) 8346 3940 or get in touch via our contact form.