Dental Implants (Teeth Implants)
As a well respected dentist, d-spa have provided effective dental implants in Melbourne to numerous patients, with resounding success. In fact, many of our patients have commented on how natural their new tooth implant looks and how it has complimented their smile with a dazzling effect.
Our highly skilled team of dental clinicians will work closely with you to develop a personalised treatment plan to help you on your way to a beautiful, flawless smile. Please feel free to contact our friendly team at one of three Melbourne locations (2 Collins Street, CBD; 538 Collins Street, CBD and Toorak Road, South Yarra) to dicuss any queries or dental implant costs.
General Information about Dental Implants
Dental Implants have been used for over 40 years and are one of the most successful treatment options in dentistry today. They are made of medical grade titanium and no biological reaction has ever been reported.
Dental Implants allow the replacement of missing teeth with a substitute tooth that looks, acts and feels like a natural tooth. When you are missing a natural tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap may shift and tip over into the space. This makes it harder to clean these teeth and decay or gum disease may result.
An implant can fill the gap and maintain the rest of your natural teeth in the ideal position and prevent them becoming crooked. An implant can also replace a denture that you have worn for years.
Benefits of dental implants:
- Look natural and healthy and integrate harmoniously with your smile
- Are long lasting
- Like natural teeth, teeth implants can be cleaned by dental floss and brushing with regular toothpaste. They usually do not require separate care routines or special cleaning products, as is the case with dentures
- Help to withstand greater bite pressures than dentures
- Can be more comfortable than dentures
- Unlike bridges, do not require the reshaping of neighbouring healthy teeth
- Prevent bone loss in the jaw (this may reduce the risk of adjacent natural teeth becoming loose)
- Prevent the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks, which can occur after tooth extractions (missing teeth cause bone loss in the jaw)
- Are usually surrounded by gum tissue like natural teeth
- May prevent gum recession
- Long term, they are less expensive (in time and money) than other conventional dental treatments.
- Age: Children younger than 17 years are usually not considered suitable because their bones are still growing.
- Bone loss: A patient who lacks sufficient jawbone may not be suitable for teeth implants. In many patients, bone replacement techniques can be used to rebuild enough bone for an implant site.
- Smoking: Smoking impairs healing and may cause implant failure by preventing integration with the bone. Over time, smoking may cause a breakdown in the integration between the implant and the bone.
- Pregnancy: Due to the radiographs required, it is best to wait until after pregnancy
- Certain medical conditions: Illness such as uncontrolled diabetes increases the risk of complications, including infection and delayed healing around the implants.
- Alcohol or drug abuse: The patient may have dietary problems, be unable to follow the dentist’s instructions, or fail to maintain proper oral hygiene.
Factors that contribute to implant failure include:
- Lack of bone density and strength
- The patient’s general health including the ability to heal after surgery
- Patients commitment to oral hygiene
How is the dental implant procedure performed?
In most cases, the dental implant procedure involves three separate treatment stages:
- Insertion of the implant
- Insertion or the abutment (or connector) on the implant
- Attachment of the artificial tooth (crown) to the abutment
Depending on the patient’s oral and general health, the total procedure can take from three to six months or more, from surgical placement of the implant to fitting of the final restoration. Implants in the upper jaw may require longer healing periods.
Recovery after dental implant surgery
Recovery is usually faster than the time required to recover from a tooth extraction. Some patients go back to work straight after their appointment.
Caring for your dental implants
Your d-spa dentist may instruct you to perform self-care routines at home such as rinsing your mouth with salty water or antiseptic solutions. Follow all instructions as directed.
Dental implants do not decay and will never require root canal treatment, however they are prone to gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth form a sticky coating called plaque that adheres to both natural and artificial teeth. Like natural teeth, your implant supported teeth may fail if you do not keep them clean as plaque can lead to gum inflammation (gingivitis) and infection.
General care for your dental implants and natural teeth include the following:
- Brush your teeth after every meal
- Take your time. Clean every surface of each tooth. Brushing should take at least 2 minutes
- Use fluoride toothpaste or fluoride mouth rinse to reduce the risk of decay in your natural teeth
- Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles (electric toothbrushes are recommended because they have a small head) and interdental brushes
- Floss daily
- Damaged nerve: The nerve in the lower jaw can be damaged during the placing of an implant which causes numbness in the gums, lips, tongue and the skin around the mouth. In most cases the numbness is temporary but in extreme cases can be permanent.
- Ask your d-spa dentist any questions that you may have regarding implants so you feel completely comfortable with the treatment prescribed for you.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.