Don’t grin and bear false teeth or bridges. Talk to our dental implant clinic about a better solution.
We’ve been performing dental implants (or teeth implants) for patients across Perth since 2014, not only giving people new smiles, but new confidence. Once, false teeth and bridges were the only option, but today dental implants are often our go-to choice for people with missing teeth.
What exactly is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a whole new tooth, comprising an artificial root (usually titanium) that’s implanted into the jawbone, which acts as a durable anchor for a crown, creating a tooth that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.
You can have implants to replace one or several teeth. Indeed, you can have a whole new set of teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Teeth implant procedures are more commonplace than you might think. We regularly provide dental implants for patients from across the Perth region, mainly because implants offer a number of benefits when compared to false teeth and bridges.
- Dental implants prevent bone loss in the jaw and reduce the risk of gum recession and the danger of neighbouring natural teeth becoming loose.
- Unlike bridges, with teeth implants there’s no need to reshape adjacent teeth.
- Unlike false teeth, dental implants don’t require any special cleaning routines or products.
In short, teeth implants are generally more comfortable, secure, healthier and easier to clean (with regular brushing and flossing) than the alternatives.
Are teeth implants right for you?
There are many factors to consider if you’re thinking of dental implants, and that’s where our experienced team can help, providing impartial advice and ensuring you make an informed decision.
Most people can have dental implants, but there are exceptions:
- Teeth implants aren’t recommended for children under 17 (their bones are still growing).
- Dental implants may not be suitable if there isn’t enough jawbone for the implant; however, there are bone replacement techniques that can be used to rebuild the jawbone.
- If you’re a smoker, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants – smoking can impair healing and cause teeth implants to fail.
- Dental implants may not be suitable during pregnancy, as the implant procedure may require medications and general anaesthesia (a risk to the unborn baby’s health).
- Some medical conditions can increase the risk of complications with the dental implant procedure, such as infection.
It’s also important to note that you must follow after-care instructions properly, otherwise your implant(s) may fail.
What’s the procedure for dental implants?
- Insertion of the implant into the bone
- Insertion of the abutment
- Attachment of the crown
Generally, we allow up to seven months for the whole procedure, or 3-4 months if we’re replacing a tooth that’s already missing (if an existing tooth needs to be removed, then the implant can only be inserted after three months).
Once the dental implant is inserted, it takes at least another three months for it to integrate with the bone, after which we attach what we call an ‘abutment’ – the crown is then attached to the abutment two weeks later.
To find out more about teeth implants as an alternative to false teeth or a bridge, contact our dental practice in Clarkson, north of Perth – we’ll talk you through all the options and recommend the best course of action. Call (08) 9407 7088 for a no-obligation consultation.