Northern Beaches Dental Implants

A dental implant is a fine titanium rod or screw that’s placed in your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure.

Dental implants integrate with the bone and serve a similar function to your missing tooth root. They also help stimulate new bone growth and prevent your jaw from shrinking.

Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. Once the implant has fused with your jaw, it’s covered with a replacement crown or permanent denture that’s just like a natural tooth.

While dental implants are a more permanent alternative to removable dentures, not everyone is suitable. We may recommend a bone graft if your jaw is too small to support an implant.

Missing teeth can have a negative impact on your overall oral health, causing the teeth on either side to move out of alignment and become crooked. Dental implants are a permanent solution for filling gaps and restoring your natural smile.

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Caring for your Dental Implants

Dental implants need to be cared for like the rest of your teeth. If you do not regularly brush and floss artificial teeth, they can develop plaque and tartar. Regular visits to Beach Dentists will ensure your oral hygiene is continually monitored and managed.

Our experienced dentists will provide you with all the information you need about dental implants, including the costs and risks involved. This will help you ascertain if dental implants are the right dental solution for you.

Understanding Dental Implants

Dental implants have become a popular & effective solution for replacing missing teeth, offering both functional & aesthetic benefits – restoring your smile and confidence.

What is a Dental Implant?

Think of a dental implant as an artificial tooth root resembling a metal screw. This is surgically placed into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. The implant gradually fuses with the surrounding bone over a period of approximately 3 months. This process, known as osseointegration, provides a stable foundation for the replacement, artificial tooth.

After this period, the artificial tooth, called an implant crown, is attached to this dental implant screw. The artificial tooth is crafted to match the shape & colour of your other teeth and fills the gap which has been left by the missing tooth.

Replacing Multiple Teeth

Dental implants can address the loss of multiple teeth through two primary methods:

  • Implant Bridge: Two or more implant screws are strategically placed into the jawbone, and they are connected by an artificial bridge made of crowns. This implant bridge serves as a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution for replacing several missing teeth.
  • Implant-Supported Denture: For those missing all the teeth in one jaw, an implant-supported denture can be employed. This involves securing a full denture in place with dental implants, providing stability and functionality.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth offers several advantages:

  • Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth
  • Similar Care to Natural Teeth: Caring for your dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth, involving regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups
  • Preservation of Adjacent Teeth: Unlike some alternative treatments, dental implants do not affect the neighbouring teeth.

Am I Eligible for a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are not suitable for everyone. At Beach Dentists, we will assess your eligibility, considering such factors as whether you have sufficient bone for the placement of the implant. Medical conditions, medications & lifestyle choices (for example smoking) can also impact your eligibility.

Before undergoing implant treatment, we may take dental x-rays, including a 3D scan, to assess your bone structure and your overall oral health. Patients with active severe gum disease (periodontitis) or those who smoke may need alternative treatment options.

Dental implants offer a safe and reliable means of replacing missing teeth, contributing to improved oral health and overall well-being. Although immune to tooth decay, diligent oral care is crucial to prevent gum disease and ensure the long-term success of your dental implants.

If you are considering dental implant treatment, please talk to us at Beach Dentists to find the right option for you.

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