Considered by many as the most reliable and long-term solution to missing teeth, dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, which prevents the bone from shrinking due to tooth loss.
Patients who opt for dental implants enjoy the benefits of an unrestricted diet and the improved confidence that comes with a fixed solution to missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that comes in the form of a screw. Our dentists surgically place it in the jawbone where the live tooth root used to be. Then a ceramic 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 bone 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 Will Dental Implants Last?
After we perform the dental implant surgery, we place a porcelain crown on top of the implant to complete your smile.
With proper 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.
It is essential that you come in for regular check-ups and professional cleans.
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 your situation.
Dangers to the Health of Dental Implants
As with your natural teeth, not maintaining regular dental hygiene is the greatest danger to your dental implant. Although implants can’t decay like normal teeth, good oral care is essential to prevent 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 tissue. If the infection spreads into the jawbone, it can dissolve the bone around the implant. This is easy to avoid with daily removal of bacteria and food particles with brushing and flossing.
Are Tooth Implants Right for You?
If you are considering dental implants, then we recommend calling our clinic on (07) 3856 2144 today.
Our gentle dentists will assess the suitability of dental implants for your situation and discuss the advantages and disadvantages. They will also explain the process, costs and alternatives to dental implants.