A dental implant is something that fuses with the bone to provide support for a dental prosthesis, such as a crown or a bridge. Modern dental implants typically use titanium, as it is strong and bonds well with bone. The implant industry has moved forward in leaps and bounds in the past decade, one can have a single tooth replaced with an implant, or the entire mouth can be fitted with implants, and with the latest fixing technology, the new teeth are there to stay.
The titanium screw is inserted into a precisely drilled hole in the jawbone, and this is securely fixed with special adhesive. This is given time to fuse with the bone, which provides the essential support for chewing, and when the dentist sees a good fusion, the dental prosthesis can be inserted onto the implant. This might be a single ceramic tooth, or the implant could be one of 3 or 4, inserted at specific points, to take a plate of the total set of upper or lower teeth.
Despite regular dental treatment, some people in their later years have bad teeth, and dental implants are the ideal solution. Complete replacements can either be fixed – which means they cannot be removed – or removable, whichever the person prefers, and with the latest ceramic crowns, you can select your preferred shade. Although you must clean the implants, as you would your regular teeth, they do not require any special maintenance.
Like doctors, most dentists will specialise in a particular field, and implants are no exception. At Booragoon Dental Clinic, we have experienced dental implant surgeons who can create the perfect smile that is natural looking and permanent. Dental implants cannot be used in every case, but an initial consultation would allow the dentist to examine your bone structure, and more often than not, implants are recommended.
Dental implants can completely replace the natural teeth, giving you a wonderful full set of teeth that will last a lifetime. Computer technology has enabled pinpoint precision and angles for the implants, allowing them to cope with the stresses that biting involves. More and more people are enjoying the benefits of dental implants, and with modern materials and techniques, the results are always outstanding.
Dental implants are a permanent solution, and providing there are no bone structure issues, replacing your teeth is an efficient way to maintain your health and well-being. Your self-confidence will be boosted by the return of that natural smile, and who knows, it could be the start of a new chapter in your life. The cost is reasonable when you consider this is a lifetime application, and by using the right dentist, you can be sure of the right result.
If you live in Western Australia, and are thinking about dental implants, contact us and come in for a free consultation, and we will do our best to restore your smile to its former glory.
^Insured patients should contact their health insurer to discuss their health fund rebates for proposed dental treatment.
*Please note that due to legal obligations all new patients must have an initial examination with their first scale and clean.