Dental implants in Brisbane
Dental implants are a permanent and reliable way to replace missing teeth and their roots. They give long term cosmetic benefits and health benefits, because in one procedure you can restore your smile and enhance your dental health. By preventing the jawbone from shrinking in to fill the root gap you are preserving your jaw shape and youthful facial shape.
What exactly are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that comes in the form of a screw. It is placed in the jawbone where the live tooth root used to be. Then an acrylic or porcelain crown is attached to the top of the implant to complete your smile.
Are implants right for me?
At Alderley Dental we will examine and evaluate your teeth to determine whether implant dentistry is right for you. If you meet one or more of the following criteria, dental implants might be your solution:
- You are missing one or more teeth
- Your speaking or chewing processes are impaired by your missing teeth
- You have had a recent injury involving trauma to the mouth
- You can return for dentist appointments for several months
- Dentures do not appeal to you
- Your jawbone is fully developed
- With grafting or in its current state, your bone can support the implants
- Your oral tissues are relatively healthy
- Your jawbone is capable of healing itself
How long do dental implants last?
With good dental care implants can last an entire lifetime.
The tooth or teeth anchored by the implant must be brushed and flossed daily along with your natural teeth.
You will also need to come for regular check-ups and professional tooth cleanings.
We will also want to check on your implant two to four times in the first year after the treatment depending on the complexity of what you had attached to your implants.
Dangers to dental implants
As with your natural teeth, not maintaining good dental hygiene is the greatest danger to your dental implant. Although implants can’t decay like normal teeth it is important to prevent any gum disease.
If you were to neglect your dental hygiene, bacteria could spread down between the teeth and gums and cause damage around the implant root attached under the gum. If it spreads into the jawbone itself it can dissolve the bone around the implant. This is easy to avoid, through daily removal of bacteria and food particles.
Are tooth implants for you?
We can assess your suitability, explain the process, costs, alternatives and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of implants for your situation.