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Dental Implants at Chatswood Dental Associates

Illustration of dental implantAre you missing a tooth? If so, you’ve probably been carefully considering your replacement options. You may have heard about dental implants and wonder if they’re a solution that’s right for you.

Dental implants are a long-term answer to the problem of missing teeth. Unlike dentures, implants are permanent and secure. And unlike bridges, implants don’t require alterations to existing healthy teeth. Implants have an impressive success rate and make it possible to once again smile widely and enjoy all your favourite foods.

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 bone and functions rather like an artificial root. This screw provides the fixed restoration with stability and security.

What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have a number of advantages for our 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 missing teeth by mimicking the 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 stable support underneath the prosthesis

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

The key requirement for dental implants is that you need to have enough healthy bone to support the implant. If you do not, other options are available to help treat the problem, including bone grafts.

If you’re 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 an individual implant that is topped with a porcelain crown. If you are missing multiple teeth, you might be concerned about the cost of replacing each individual tooth with an implant. Fortunately, we can look at an implant-secured bridge. Unlike traditional bridges that are held in place by crowns affixed to the adjacent healthy teeth, this unit will be held in place by an implant on either end of the open space. Healthy teeth will not need to be altered or adjusted.

If you’re missing all the teeth in your upper or lower arch, we can discuss implant-supported dentures. 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 a removable prosthesis.

Can I Get Dental Implants if I Don’t Have Enough Bone?

When a tooth falls out or is removed, 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 of the body. Without these minerals to maintain itself, bone weakens and resorbs (shrinks).

One of the key advantages of dental implants is that since they mimic the action of a tooth’s root, they stop bone deterioration from occurring. 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 it and integrate with your mouth. It’s very rare, however, that a lack of bone makes dental implant placement impossible.

With an advanced dental technique called bone grafting, we can build up weakened or damaged bone using donor tissues 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 (Dentists) will talk to you about your options and help you make the decision that is right for your smile. If you have questions about dental implants, please don’t hesitate to contact our dental clinic.

Does the Dental Implant Procedure Hurt?

Your comfort is one of our highest priorities. 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 in our clinic if needed.

Following your placement procedure, some minor discomfort is normal as your body heals. Fortunately, this irritation is minor and is generally well-managed with over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

We’re proud to offer dental implants at our clinic. This innovative treatment allows us to replace missing teeth in a way that restores your normal oral function. The design of the implant mimics that of a natural tooth. From the customised crown that blends in beautifully among your existing smile to the titanium post of the implant, which functions as an artificial root, no other option looks or feels more like your real tooth.

How Many Dental Visits are Required for an Implant?

The timeframe for each case depends on a great deal of specifics. Every case is a bit different, so it’s difficult to state an exact time that meets everyone’s situation.

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 extra visits and additional time. In some situations, procedures like bone grafting are necessary to help support the implant and make sure that it integrates properly. These cases will require more time for treatment and follow-ups to make sure that everything is healing properly.

At your consultation with Dr Lim or Dr Sridhar, you’ll learn more about what to expect during your particular treatment. Our dentists will walk you through the full process to make sure that all of your questions and concerns are addressed to your satisfaction.

We can often complete the entire implant process right here in our practice. This convenience allows for the comfort and efficiency of having the entire procedure completed by a 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’re a good candidate for treatment, please contact us today to request a consultation and evaluation with Dr Lim or Dr Sridhar. Using our modern 3D imaging equipment, we can check your bone density and plan treatment for precise results.

A Long-Term Solution for Missing Teeth

We’re looking forward to discussing your dental implant Chatswood options with you to help restore your smile. Contact us today!

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dental Implants Chatswood, NSW | (02) 9412 4488