Implants & dentures
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the bone. A crown can then be constructed to attach to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Dental implants are proving to be a very effective way of replacing teeth as they are free standing and do not require other teeth to support them.
Dental implants are also used in conjunction with an overdenture to provide more stability for removable dentures. Dental implants also form the basis for a fixed porcelain bridge.
Dentures or ‘false teeth’ are another solution for replacing missing teeth along with implants or bridges. They are removable, need to be cleaned daily and it is advised that they are taken out at night. Our Essendon dentistry practice provides a complete service, whether you need full dentures or only a partial denture to replace a few teeth and help achieve a perfect smile.
These are made when no teeth at all are present on the upper or lower jaws. It is the full lower denture that is always a problem as there is no bone to hold it in place (this is why it is always advised to save lower teeth). But denture implants are proving very successful in supporting a lower denture.
This is the best of the partial dentures, but the supporting teeth must be healthy as is difficult to add to these dentures if a supporting tooth is lost. So a full examination by your FirstBite dentist must be carried out prior to constructing a Vitallium partial denture.
This is a cheaper form of partial denture that is constructed when cost is a factor, or when the supporting teeth are not healthy, as it is easy to add to these dentures if another tooth is lost.
To overcome traditional denture problems, denture implants are now available as an alternative. The image below illustrates how a denture implant works. Speak to your FirstBite dentist to find out if a denture implant is suitable for you.