Dental Implants Sydney
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root, anchored into your jawbone, supporting a fixed tooth replacement. Because they are biocompatible, they actually stimulate the fusion to the bone needed to create a permanent tooth replacement.
Once that happens, a crown, bridge or entire set of teeth can be attached to the implants. The result is a full set of teeth that look and feel just like your natural teeth.
Read about how to choose your dental implant dentist here.
Benefits of dental implants
- Natural-looking tooth restoration: Dental implants feel, look and function just like natural teeth. You’ll be able to eat and chew like you used to, and once again have a beautiful smile.
- Biocompatible materials: Implants are usually made of titanium, and crowns and bridges of porcelain. Comfortable and highly successful when professionally placed, they will not compromise your healthy teeth and will not cause an allergic reaction.
- Dental implants can be used in many complex situations: If the surrounding teeth cannot support a bridge, a freestanding implant is still an option. If the amount of bone is not enough for a foundation, it can be grafted.
- A long-lasting solution: Contemporary clinical research shows excellent clinical outcomes for implant borne restorations if maintained with good oral hygiene and regular recalls. And there is no age limit; as long as your jaw is no longer growing, usually around 18 years of age, an implant is possible.
- Preserve a youthful appearance: Missing teeth can make you look a lot older than you are and feel. The bone may shrink over time and cause wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and chin. This can be easily and painlessly corrected with implants.
Dental implants - An alternative to dentures
In the past, dentures were often the only option for missing teeth. Yet they can be uncomfortable, cause gum irritations, and even change the way you taste food. Ill-fitting dentures can cause pressure points and pain, but also embarrassment when they move in your mouth.
Dental implants are aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, secure and durable – just like your natural teeth. This makes implants the ideal solution for many edentulous problems, including:
- If you are missing all your teeth and currently wear dentures
- If you have a history of periodontal disease
- If your surrounding teeth are damaged
- If your teeth can not support a conventional tooth supported bridge
If you have been told previously you aren’t suitable for dental implants, we may still be able to help.
Types of Dental Implants
One Dental Implant
If you are missing one tooth, a dental implant will serve as a strong foundation for an all-ceramic dental crowns or replacement teeth. This crown is matched to the shade and shape of your other natural teeth, and will not affect the surrounding healthy teeth. Best of all, no one will be able to tell the difference!
Several Dental Implants
If you have multiple missing teeth, we can attach a bridge to implants on either side of your missing teeth. This means that you do not need one dental implant per each missing tooth. This will reduce the risk of further loss of natural bone, and provide a beautiful, seamless and functional result.
Atrophic Maxilla (an upper jaw with very little bone) Dental Implants
In some cases, you may not have enough bone to support a regular dental implant placement in the upper jaw. This is known as atrophic maxilla. In this case, we can use specially designed dental implants, which are long and angled, called zygomatic dental implants, to provide a stable foundation for your crown or bridge. It may also be possible to graft the sinus some months prior to dental implant placement to allow greater bone volume for conventional dental implant placement as an alternative to zygomatic dental implants.
All On Four - Dental Implants
If you are looking for an alternative to dentures, dental implants are the modern and secure solution. To replace all your teeth, we use a technique called ‘all on four implants’. Put simply, this is four dental implants supporting replacement teeth. It’s a fixed prosthesis that leaves the gums free and does not cover your palate, so food tastes like it should and your teeth function like they used to. Imagine being able to eat, talk and laugh again without worrying! That’s the life-changing impact of dental implant technology.
Zygomatic Dental Implants
Zygomatic implants are longer than normal dental implants, and are used when there has been substantial bone loss from the upper jaw, and there is not enough bone in place for ordinary implants, zygomatic implants are the ideal alternative. Zygomatic implants pass through, or next to the sinus into the cheekbone, meaning dental implants can be used as an alternative to complex bone grafting procedures.
In order for a dental implant to be successful the patient must have sufficient bone in the jaw to place the implant into. It was once assumed that if a patient did not have enough bone in their jaw they would not be suitable for dental implants. Today, thanks to the massive advances in dental implant techniques and technology, patients with insufficient bone in the jaw can have the bone rebuilt using bone grafting.
Grafting can be completed before, or at the time of dental implant placement. There are several different types of bone grafting procedures and materials, the choice of which may vary according to your particular situation. Grafting allows bony defects to be filled out to create natural-looking tooth replacements, or bone volume may be increased by sinus-lifts to provide greater depth for dental implant placement. Soft tissue grafting may also be required in areas of greatly receded gum or to build up soft tissue volume in the area of a tooth that has been missing for a length of time.
Grafting is a scientifically validated procedure, and modern techniques, materials and technological advances make dental implants a reality for patients who historically would have been deemed unsuitable.
Written by Ainslea Bennell