If you or a loved one has a missing tooth/teeth, the best way to replace it is with Dental Implants. They look and feel so natural that it’s as if you grew “another tooth”. They allow you to eat and smile with comfort, knowing that the implant won’t just fall out or break while eating and speaking.
Whether you require replacing a single tooth, full mouth reconstruction with multiple implants and bridge crowns, or a few implants that support a denture, we are here to help you.
For most patients, having their missing teeth replaced by dental implants not only gave their teeth a second chance, but also gave them a better “second life”.
Interested in this life-changing procedure? Call us now on 9744022 for a consultation and 3D X-ray Scan.
Consequences of Not Replacing Missing Teeth
PULL OUT A HOPELESS TOOTH AND RECEIVE A NEW TOOTH ON THE SAME DAY!
Do you have a tooth that needs to be extracted soon? Worried of going home toothless after that extraction appointment from your dentist’s office? Worry no more! With Immediate Implantation, we can give you an implant and a temporary crown right after your tooth is pulled out! This means you’re not leaving our office toothless!
How do we do it? First, we carefully loosen your tooth with special equipment, usually with Waterlase laser to keep the bony walls of the socket intact, which is usually broken during extraction using the conventional method. Then we remove all infected tissues and sterilise the socket with Waterlase laser, and place the implant. We usually have to place some bone graft to fill in the gap between the implant and the socket wall, to keep the contour of your bone. A temporary crown can then be placed until such time we can place the permanent one.
Do you want to know if you’re a good candidate for Immediate Implantation of your dental implants at our clinic? Call us now on (02) 9744 0222 and join our long list of happy customers.
Immediate Implant Placement
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant with a crown can replace it without sacrificing the health of the neighbouring teeth. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root/s.
In the long run, a single implant can deliver better aesthetics and be easier to maintain than a fixed bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. Also, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out and dissolve.
If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Unlike implant-supported dentures, they are FIXED in your mouth and are not removable, unless the dentist intends to do so for maintenance or repair purposes.
Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from the neighbouring teeth.
In addition, because implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root may begin to shrink. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
If you have lost most or all of your teeth but have very little bone left to hold an implant-supported bridge, an Implant-Supported Denture could be your solution.
Depending on your case, a minimum of four dental implants can hold a denture in your mouth to replace all of your teeth. These implants connect to an overdenture with magnets, ball and O-ring attachments, or with special clips.
The main advantage of having an implant-supported denture over a normal gum-supported denture is greatly improved retention and stability of the denture in your mouth, which means NO MORE LOOSE DENTURES!
Bone Grafting using Geistlich Biomaterials
It’s simple: Where you lose a tooth, you lose some bone. The presence of “something” in the jawbone like a tooth root or an implant, holds the bone upright and maintains its shape. The longer a site is left toothless, the more the bone shrinks. Depending on the location, size, and type of defect, the ways to graft or “add” some bone varies. Some cases will only need some graft “patch-up”, while some cases will need special “ridge modification” procedures (ex: Ridge Splitting, Ridge Expansion, Guided Bone Regeneration) to facilitate bone grafting, and ultimately implantation.
Sinus Lifting and Grafting with Geistlich Biomaterials
When an upper back tooth is lost, our sinus sometimes expands downwards where the tooth is missing. This results in shortening of the bone that is available to hold an implant.
To regain that lost bone height to accommodate an implant, the sinus membrane needs to be lifted back up through a Sinus Lifting Procedure. Once the sinus membrane is lifted from the bone, the site is packed with bone grafting material until sufficient bone height is achieved to house an implant.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. Overtime they get loose and may require replacement/relining. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. On the other hand, Dental implants are fixed and embedded in your bone. As a result, they do not move, they are much more comfortable, their final restorations are closer to a natural tooth, and they don’t need to be removed for special cleaning.
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on the difficulty of your case, the number of implants required, the type of final restoration required, whether you need any special additional procedures (i.e, Bone grafting/ Sinus lifting), and other factors. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. Nearly all of our cases are done with just local anaesthetics without any pain/discomfort experienced by the patients. If you feel that you really require sedation for this procedure, you can discuss it with Dr. Lee and we can give you options for this as well.
How long do implants last?
Just like your natural teeth and the rest of your body, dental implants are not indestructible. If you can damage and break your teeth, gums, and bones, you can do the same to your dental implants. With proper care, diet, oral hygiene practices, and regular dentist visits, you can expect to keep your implants for a very long time, if not for the rest of your life!