Dental implants in Essendon
Dentists at our Essendon dental clinic can place dental implants to restore one or more teeth in your mouth. We place the implants into the gum and jawbone of your mouth. The dental implants have a high success rate and they offer a permanent fixed solution to enhance your smile and improve teeth function.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the bone. We construct a crown (artificial tooth) which we attach to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Dental Implants have proven to be a very effective way of replacing teeth, because they are free-standing and don’t require other teeth to support them.
When dental implant technology was in its early days, 4–6 months of healing was required for the implant to fuse to bone before a porcelain crown could be attached to it. Using today’s technologies, a crown can be placed onto the implant immediately in some situations. However, most dental implant procedures follow a two-stage process, where crown attachment occurs 3 months after the implant was put in place. A two-stage process allows for bone growth around the implant (this is called osseointegration) . The bone growth increases the success rate of the entire dental implant procedure.
3D technology – latest in teeth implants
We have the latest in 3D technology to help us determine what is the best type of implant for you. This gives us better accuracy and has revolutionised the way implants are placed. Latest research is showing the long-term success of implants after 10 years is approximately 90%. But the porcelain crown attached to the implant may have to be reviewed for replacement over its lifetime.
Why should missing teeth be replaced?
There are several possible consequences from losing teeth and not replacing them:
- Drifting of adjacent teeth: when there is a missing gap, opposing teeth may over-erupt adjacent teeth and drift into the empty spaces, resulting in food trapping and possible decay
- Difficulty chewing: missing teeth causes issues with chewing that could possibly result in indigestion
- Poor appearance and bone loss: loss of youthful facial structure due to bone reabsorption
- Loss of lip support
- Poor speech: difficulty in speaking especially if front teeth are missing.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Dental implants provide a long-term solution.
- Dental implants slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.
- Dental implants look and feel similar to natural teeth.
- Dental implants will not decay.
- Dental implants can replace one or a series of lost teeth.
- Teeth implants are strong and able to perform the same functions as natural teeth.
- Teeth implants improve confidence and quality of life.
- Teeth implants greatly enhance functions, such as chewing and biting.
- Teeth implants improve appearance.
See examples of dental implants in our case studies section.
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