Dental Implants in Chatswood
Are you missing a tooth? If so, you’ve probably been carefully considering your options. You might also have heard about dental implants and been wondering if this solution is right for you.
Dental implants are a long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth. Unlike dentures, they are permanent and secure. Unlike bridges, they don’t require alterations to existing healthy teeth. Implants have an impressive success rate and make it possible for people undergoing treatment at our Chatswood, NSW dental surgery to once again smile widely and enjoy all their favourite foods.
- What is a dental implant?
- What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Are dental implants right for me?
- What are my dental implant restoration options?
- Can I get dental implants if I don’t have enough bone?
- Does the dental implant procedure hurt?
- How many dental visits are required for an implant?
- What should I do if I want to learn more about dental implants?
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is the tooth replacement option that looks, feels and functions the most like your own natural teeth.
What makes an implant different from other tooth replacement solutions is the titanium screw, which is surgically placed into the jaw bone and functions rather like an artificial root. This screw provides the implant restoration with its stability and security, as well as some of its biggest benefits.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants have a number of advantages of our Chatswood, NSW patients, including:
- Replaces gaps with a lifelike-looking porcelain crown
- Allows for comfortable and confident smiles and laughter
- Prevents teeth from shifting or tipping over, preserving the integrity of your bite
- Prevents the bone loss that occurs with tooth loss by mimicking the bone-preserving action of natural tooth roots
- Preserves the appearance of the face by providing support to the lips and cheeks to avoid an aged “sunken” appearance
- Improves the fit and security of full dentures by providing a stable support
Are dental implants right for me?
The key requirement for dental implants is that you have enough healthy bone structure to support the implant. If you do not, however, other options are available to help treat this problem, including bone grafts.
If you are under 18 or you smoke, a dental implant is probably not right for you. We’ll discuss your other options.
What are my dental implant restoration options?
Single missing teeth are often replaced with a single implant that is topped with a porcelain crown. If you are missing multiple, teeth, however, you might be concerned about the cost of replacing each individual tooth with an implant. Fortunately, other options are available.
If you are missing two or three teeth in a row, we can look at an implant-secured bridge. Unlike traditional bridges that are held in place by crowns affixed to the adjacent healthy teeth, the unit will be held in place by an implant, which means that healthy teeth will not need to be altered or adjusted.
If you are missing all the teeth on your upper or lower arch, we can discuss implant-supported dentures at our Chatswood, NSW surgery. Just a few strategically placed implants can give you the support you need to securely hold your denture in place, preventing the slips that are so often associated with dentures.
Can I get dental implants if I don’t have enough bone?
When a tooth is lost, the bone in the immediate area begins to deteriorate. Since it’s no longer needed to hold the root of the tooth in place, the body begins to conserve minerals for other areas where they are needed. Without these minerals to maintain itself, bone weakens and reabsorbs.
One of the key advantages of dental implants is that because they mimic the action of a tooth’s root, they stop bone deterioration from happening. If you’ve been without a tooth for a while, however, this might seem like a paradox.
It’s true that a dental implant requires a sufficient quantity of healthy bone to hold the implant in place so it can integrate. It’s very rare, however, that a lack of bone makes dental implant placement impossible.
This is because of an advanced dental technique called bone grafting, which allows us to build up weakened or damaged bone using donor bone and other materials. It’s essentially the same idea as skin grafting, which is often used to treat patients with severe skin injuries, like burns.
A bone graft can be placed at the time of an extraction or, in some cases, at the time of the implant. Dr Lim or Dr Sridhar will talk to you about your options and help you make the decision that is right for your needs. So if you've got questions about dental implants, please don't hesitate to contact our Chatswood, NSW dental clinic.
Does the dental implant procedure hurt?
Your comfort is one of our highest priorities at Chatswood Dental Associates. We offer local anaesthesia and sedation to help make your implant-placement procedure pain free. We even bring in sedation specialists to provide IV sedation here in our dental clinic if needed.
Following the procedure, some discomfort is normal as your body heals. Fortunately, this discomfort is minor and is generally well-managed with over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
We are proud to offer dental implants in Sydney and the surrounding areas at our Chatswood, NSW dental clinic. This innovative treatment allows us to replace missing teeth in a way that restores your function. The design of the dental implant mimics that of a natural tooth. From the customised crown that blends in beautifully among your existing dentistry to the titanium post of the implant, which functions as an artificial root, no other option looks or feels more like your own tooth.
How many dental visits are required for an implant?
The timeframe for each case depends on a great deal on the details and specifics. Every case is a bit different, so it’s difficult to state an exact time that meets everyone’s needs.
That said, simpler cases can often be completed in just two visits over a course of a few months.
More complex cases, however, do require more visits and more time. In some situations, treatments like bone grafting are necessary to help support the implant and make sure that it integrates properly. These cases will require more appointments for treatment and more follow-ups to make sure that everything is healing properly.
If you're interested in dental implants, schedule a consultation at our Chatswood, NSW dental clinic. At your consultation with Dr Lim or Dr Sridhar, you’ll learn more about what to expect during your particular treatment. Our doctors will walk you through the full process and make sure that all of your questions and concerns are addressed to your satisfaction.
At Chatswood Dental Associates, we can often complete the entire implant process right here in our practice. This allows for the comfort and convenience of having the entire procedure completed by the dentist you know and trust. Plus, it contributes to consistent communication and less risk for misunderstandings between providers. Your safety is always one of our top concerns.
What should I do if I want to learn more about dental implants?
If you have questions regarding the implant procedure or you’d like to find out if you are a good candidate for treatment with implants, please call our Chatswood, NSW dental clinic today and request a consultation and evaluation with either Dr Lim or Dr Sridhar. Using our high-tech 3-D x-ray, we can check your bone density and plan treatment for precise results.
We’re looking forward to discussing your options with you and helping restore your smile.