Dental Implants at Pymble Dental on the North Shore
If you lose a tooth or a few teeth it's not just an issue of it being aesthetically unappealing; it's detrimental to your overall health and wellbeing.
Having missing teeth can result in a host of problems such as the tilting of adjoining teeth into the open space or the over-eruption of teeth in the opposite jaw. Fewer teeth lessens your ability to chew foods properly and the overall function of your mouth suffers. It can also shrink the jaw bone, resulting in your lips and cheeks collapsing into the space left behind, which can make you look much older than you actually are.
Addressing the problem
Often for many patients, the best remedy to resolve the problems associated with missing teeth is to have dental implants. They not only give you back your smile, they help you regain your bite’s functionality and safeguard the delicate bone structure of your jaw.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium fixture inserted into the jawbone, and provides the foundation to place upon it a crown, bridge or denture.
How Implants Differ from Dental Bridges
To have an implant you need to have sufficient jaw bone in which to have it placed in. This will be decided during a consultation and assessment of your condition at our North Shore dentist surgery.
If you're suitable, we refer you to a specialist colleague who places a titanium fixture into your jawbone which will hold a life-like porcelain dental crown in place. The jaw is usually allowed to heal for four to six months before the dental crown is fitted. Once in place, the sturdy dental crown looks and acts just as a natural tooth.
Unlike dental bridges, the process of having an implant doesn't require the support or adjustment of your neighbouring natural teeth. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants vs other options.
Looking after your implant is just the same as you would for your natural teeth.
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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a dental implant?
The Implant is the closest replacement to a natural tooth yet developed.
- It looks and feels like a tooth
- It is a free standing reconstruction embedded in the bone where the tooth has been lost
- It has gum around it like an ordinary tooth
What is involved?
Dental implants require a number of appointments over a period of several months to complete. After treatment planning and imaging, the actual surgery for a single implant takes 1 to 1.5 hours. This is followed by a review 2 weeks later.
3-6 months after the placement the implant is tested to check if it has “integrated”. An impression to go our Sydney-based ceramist is taken; and the crown or prosthesis is inserted 2-3 weeks later.
All up it takes between 4-9 months depending on the situation and whether any bone grafting or augmentation is required.
1. Pre operative records – dental x-rays, study casts, sometimes CT scans
2. Surgical placement of the Implant into the bone
3. Time for the bone/Implant to heal
4. Placement of final crown – because several fittings may be required, this may take 1 to 2 weeks
5. Total treatment time up to 4 - 9 months (average)
Are dental implants painful?
The surgical appointment is done under local anaesthetic and hence is not painful at the time.
Like any oral surgery, there is a period of recovery; and some swelling, bruising and pain might be expected. Normal pain medication and proper observation of the post-operative instructions that we issue will help to make this time as comfortable as can be.
The subsequent appointments are not painful, but they might require a small amount of local anaesthetic to numb the gum around the top of the implant so the gum is not ‘pinched’.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
We would be happy to give you an assessment to determine if this treatment is possible for you. Some medical conditions (diabetes, osteoporosis, heart conditions) and medical treatments (Fosamax, Radio therapy to the jaw) do make treatment more complicated.
Also smoking significantly reduces the success rate.
You also need to care well for your mouth as gum problems will also affect Implants.
Are there any additional procedures that may be required?
One key to success of an Implant is the amount and quality of bone where the Implant is to be placed. If there has been noticeable loss of bone in the area of Implant placement, a bone grafting technique can be employed to replace the bone.
This improves the Implant stability and gives a better aesthetic result.
Because Implants look like teeth they have to be cared for as such. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your Implant. Given proper care Implants can last for many years.
What is the cost of an implant?
The cost of a dental implant with a crown will vary depending on the amount of bone grafting required and the desired material of the crown to be attached to the implant. Please contact us to get an accurate quotation.
What are implants made of?
Titanium is the material of choice for an Implant due to its compatibility with bone and other tissues (gum). It is similar technology to hip replacements.
Can dental implants be repaired?
Depending on the damage caused to the Implant, some components can be replace or repaired with minimal disruption to you.