What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are the gold standard in modern dentistry for replacing teeth, whether you need one tooth, several teeth, or a complete set of teeth.
Dental Implants have proven to be the best substitute for natural teeth when it comes to appearance, function and durability, with a lifetime success rate of above 95%.
Dental Implants help maintain the health of your mouth as well as your remaining natural teeth. They prevent the ongoing loss of jawbone that happens after losing even just one of your teeth.
Your mouth treats a Dental Implant just like any one of your own teeth. Bone cells in your jaw grow in and around a Dental Implant, fusing to it over time to become a natural part of your mouth.
Dental Implants are the closest thing to natural teeth, letting you eat and chew normally, and allowing you to laugh, talk and smile again with a complete sense of dignity and self-confidence.
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is made up of two key parts.
The Dental Implant is a titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root of your new tooth. Your jawbone loves titanium and will actually grow into and fuse with the Dental Implant.
The Implant provides the solid base for your Crown or Bridge, which are the part of your new teeth you see above your gums. These are screwed into the Dental Implant to permanently hold them in place.
In the months following Dental Implant placement, bone cells in your jaw attach to the titanium surface of the Implant, forming a highly robust foundation for the natural-looking replacement teeth they support.
What are my Dental Implants options?
Implants can replace single teeth, a group of teeth, or a whole set of teeth. There is more than one solution when replacing teeth, and we'll give you a number of options so you can decide what's best for you.
Single Tooth Implant
When you have lost one tooth, a Single Tooth Implant can be used to provide the support for a natural-looking replacement tooth, which will go on top of the implant after it has time to fuse with your jawbone.
A Dental Implant stays securely anchored to your jaw, giving you a replacement tooth that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth, and is designed to last for a lifetime.
Dental Implants avoids the need for Dentures or Dental Bridges, which can cause permanent damage or even the loss of teeth that are used as the foundations for these treatments.
Multiple Teeth Implants
If you have lost a number of teeth, you don't need a Dental Implant for every missing tooth. Dental Implants can act as the foundation for a row of new teeth, by providing rigid supports at both ends of these teeth.
A Dental Implant Bridge is superior to other tooth-replacement options, in that they preserve the teeth that would otherwise be used as supports for traditional dentures or dental bridges.
The Dental Implants used to support your replacement teeth maintain the health of the jawbone in the areas they are placed, preventing the loss of bone that happens with missing teeth and dentures.
All Teeth Implants
If you are facing the loss of your last remaining teeth, or have been living with unstable dentures for years, Dental Implants can anchor a full set of teeth that look and feel natural, and never needs to be removed.
You do not need a Dental Implant for every tooth you are missing. Between four to six Dental Implants are all that is needed to provide the robust foundation that can support a whole arch of teeth.
One of the greatest benefits of full mouth Dental Implant treatment, is that it prevents the deterioration of jawbone that happens with the ongoing use of poorly fitting and uncomfortable dentures.
Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw.
If you have this problem, you already know about the embarrassment of slipping dentures, not being able to eat the foods you love and the problems that come with denture adhesives.
Many people with conventional dentures don’t wear them for the simple fact they don’t stay in place. Dental Implants offer a way to secure your denture and allow you to go about daily life with confidence.
Why replace missing teeth?
Anyone missing one or more teeth understands how this can make you uncomfortable about smiling or eating in public. This can have big impacts upon your daily life and your self-confidence.
Losing one or more teeth creates gaps in your smile and reduces your ability to chew properly. This limits the variety of food you can eat, affecting your nutrition and enjoyment of food.
The loss of teeth also causes the jawbone to shrink in the areas where your teeth used to be. Not only does this affect your smile, it changes the shape of your face making you appear older.
Dental Implant treatment can change your life. From one missing tooth to an entire set of teeth, Dental Implants can restore your appearance, speech, nutrition, oral health, comfort, confidence and self-esteem.
Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges
Dental Implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. They fuse to your jawbone and become a natural part of your mouth.
They will not experience tooth decay or gum disease and last far longer than other tooth-replacement options. Dental Implants preserve the tooth-supporting bone that deteriorates after a tooth is lost.
The surgical procedure used to place an Implant is minor and routine, and can be done under local anaesthesia. After healing, the Implant is topped with a lifelike crown customised to match your natural teeth.
Dental Implants have a documented success of over 95%, which is far greater than any of the other tooth-replacement options available.
1. Aesthetic, functional, predictable & reliable
2. Most biologically conservative option
3. Not susceptible to tooth decay
4. Will never need root canal treatment
5. More cost-effective tooth-replacement option over time
1. Higher initial expense
2. Requires minor surgery
3. Requires a waiting period for permanent teeth to be placed
Dental Bridges have been used to replace missing teeth for almost a century. They require filing down teeth on either side of the missing tooth, to make the space needed for the Dental Bridge.
A fixed bridge will cost less initially than a dental implant, and there is no healing period. The major downside is the need to grind down healthy teeth that would otherwise not need dental work.
This weakens those teeth, and makes them more likely to get decay and gum disease. At best, bridgework will usually need to be replaced at some point in the future.
At worst, there is the likely possibility of one or more of the supporting teeth being irreparably damaged and requiring removal.
This limits your options to going without teeth, transitioning to dentures, or seeking Dental Implants to replace more than just the one, original damaged tooth.
1. Aesthetic, functional, predictable & reliable
2. Less initial cost
3. Requires less time for the final result
1. Removes healthy enamel from teeth either side of the missing tooth
2. Future tooth decay and gum disease are potential problems
3. Root canal treatment may be required
4. Shorter lifespan than dental implants
What is the Dental Implant process?
Making the choice to replace your missing or failing teeth with Dental Implants is a big step, but in terms of bringing back your healthy smile it might be the only challenging one you'll need to make.
Once you've decided to go with Dental Implants, our team of dental professionals will take care of the rest. It's a smooth progression from initial consultation & planning through to the implant procedure itself.
The process is generally made up of two phases, with the first being placement of your Dental Implant, and the second where your permanent teeth are placed to give back your natural smile.
1. Consultation | Dental Implants are a highly technical and personalised form of treatment, and we want you to explain your goals to us in detail. We will look at your overall health to make sure you are suitable.
2. Planning | We need you to have a 3D facial scan to assess the quality of your jaw bone. This is to make sure you have enough healthy bone for treatment, or whether bone grafting may also be of benefit to you.
3. Placement | With planning complete, you are ready for your Implant surgery. This can be done under either a General or Local Anaesthetic. Recovery is fairly minimal, with little in the way of swelling or discomfort.
4. Teeth | Your Dental Implants will take 3 months to become fully fused to your jawbone. At this point we can design your permanent Dental Implant teeth, which we will place a few weeks later.