Do you have gaps in your teeth that make it difficult to eat, talk, or feel confident when you smile? These can now be filled with dental implants, and our expert dentist is here to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a restorative dentistry treatment that can replace missing or damaged teeth. They are titanium posts, surgically placed into the jawbone beneath your gums, that act as anchors for artificial teeth. These artificial teeth could be crowns, dental bridges or dentures.
Dental implants can replace one or several teeth and are a natural-looking, long-lasting replacement for natural teeth.
The dental implant procedure involves surgically placing titanium posts into the jaw bone beneath your gums which act as anchors for artificial teeth, commonly known as dental crowns.
A single dental implant is one post with a crown, whereas full-mouth dental implants involve multiple posts placed throughout the mouth to provide support for an entire set of false teeth, such as the All-On-4s.
Unlike tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges, dental implants are permanent fixtures that stay in place and offer more stability than traditional prosthetics because implant posts integrate with the existing jaw bone tissue over time to create a secure hold without causing discomfort or irritation.
Abutment-crown combinations are custom-made to ensure they fit snugly in the natural shape of your teeth and promote optimal oral health.
Types of Dental Implants
Multiple types of dental implants are available to best suit individuals’ needs. Depending on the complexity of your case, the highly-qualified and experienced dentist at our dental clinic may recommend one type over another and discuss these options with you at length before beginning any treatment plan.
The most common option is Endosteal implants which involve surgically placing small titanium posts into the jawbone beneath the gums. These posts act as anchors for the false teeth or dentures that are then securely fitted onto the implanted posts.
Subperiosteal implants involve placing a metal frame beneath the gum tissue on top of the jaw bone, and once healed, artificial teeth can be secured onto this frame.
Finally, All-on-4 implants involve surgically placing four implant posts into the jawbone beneath the gums to secure an entire set of false teeth. These types of implants are ideal for those who need to replace all of their natural teeth and provide a more economical solution than individual dental implants.
Who needs dental implants?
A dental implant procedure is ideal for people with diseased, damaged or missing teeth. These people could have tooth loss for various reasons, including:
Forceful contact sports, such as rugby or hockey and vehicular accidents can cause teeth to become knocked out if a blow is received to the face with enough force.
Going about our daily life and having a slight mishap (such as losing our balance on a bicycle, falling off a step-ladder, or tripping) can lead to knocked-out teeth.
Poor Oral Health
Tooth decay, if left untreated, can progress to the point where it causes significant damage to multiple teeth that eventually require removal or extraction.
Insufficient brushing or flossing can lead to gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums and loosening of teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss.
Excessive Use of Strong Medications
Strong medications such as antibiotics and corticosteroids can reduce saliva production. This, in turn, can cause an increase in bacterial growth and plaque build-up on the teeth, leading to tooth decay over time.
Poor General Health
Health conditions like diabetes can cause tooth loss as they lower saliva production, leading to gum disease. Osteoporosis can cause softening of the jawbone, weakening its structure and making it difficult for teeth to be held in place.
Certain Lifestyle Choices
Smoking and drinking lead to decreased calcium absorption and increased acidity in the mouth, which can wear away at enamel and cause teeth to become discoloured, brittle, and weak, increasing their chance of breaking.
Factors That Affect Dental Implants Cost
Various factors influence the final cost of dental implant treatment.
Location of the implant
The location of the dental implant site can greatly influence the cost of treatment. Difficult-to-reach places in the mouth may require tools and techniques different to implant sites in the front of the mouth.
Materials used for the implant
Implants of higher-quality materials such as titanium and zirconium may cost more than those made of metal alloys, while porcelain crowns cheaper be costlier than ceramic ones yet last longer.
Dental implant cost depends on any pre-treatments required to make dental implant treatment successful. Processes such as professional teeth cleaning, jaw bone grafts and sinus lifts could increase the final cost of the treatment.
Timeframe for completion
Depending on any pre-treatments required and how efficiently your body heals from the various steps of a dental implant surgery, the time taken from start to end could affect dental implant costs.
Skill of the dentist
Dentists study for years to qualify for dental implant treatment and undergo regular training to stay current with advancements in dentistry. Furthermore, like all professionals, they charge for the experience they bring you. So choosing an experienced, high-qualified or specialist dentist for your dental implant treatment may cost you more.
Unlike other options such as dentures, dental implants are a permanent solution because they are surgically inserted and fused into the jawbone.
Once in place, dental implants act as artificial teeth roots, providing a strong foundation for replacement teeth that are indistinguishable from real ones.
Unlike dentures, which need to be taken out nightly and replaced regularly and can become loose over time, dental implants remain firmly in place. They do not require any adjustments or maintenance.
Improved chewing and speaking
Dental implants help you chew and speak more effectively by functioning exactly like natural teeth, providing proper support for your biting force so that you can enjoy all types of food.
Additionally, because dental implants are securely embedded within the jawbone, they provide stability when you talk, helping to create clearer and more precise speech patterns that make conversation easier and more enjoyable.
A natural-looking smile
Dental implants are fused with your jawbone just like a natural dental root, while the crown is customised to fit your dental arch perfectly, making them a perfect replacement tooth. Further, since the crown is made of porcelain, it is coloured to match your remaining teeth’s colour and sheen exactly, giving you a natural-looking smile.
Preserve jaw bone
Gaps left by missing dental roots cause jawbone resorption, which can lead to the weakening of the bone tissue and further complications. Having a bio-compatible post fused into the jawbone prevents bone loss, which is a real possibility with “root-less” tooth replacements like dentures and bridges.
Dental implants can be less expensive in the long run than other dental prosthetics
While dental implant treatment could be costlier than other treatments for tooth replacement, it pays off in the long run. There is no need to replace them because they do not fit well any more or because adjacent teeth may have drifted away or fallen out.
Comfortable and fixed
Anyone who has worn dentures has experienced the discomfort of a loose-fitting dental appliance and has been stressed about it slipping while eating or conversing in a social setting. These worries are nullified with permanently fitted dentures.
No extra care
Unlike some other tooth replacement options, tooth implants do not require a special cleaning protocol. Brushing them twice a day, as you would your natural teeth, is all that’s needed to maintain them for decades. Flossing daily will prevent bacteria from growing along the gum tissue by the tooth.
High success rate
When performed by a qualified, experienced dentist, tooth implant treatment is minimally invasive and has a high success rate.
So, How Much Is a Dental Implant?
As mentioned above, dental implants cost can be influenced by various factors but to give you an idea, prices for a single tooth implant can start from $2,000, while replacing an entire arch (upper or lower jaw) with a full set of implants typically costs upward of $17,000.
Available Dental Care is dedicated to providing the residents of Campbelltown with top-notch dental implant treatment.
Our clinic provides a warm welcome to all patients and a comfortable, relaxing environment to ensure they feel at ease during their visit.
Our knowledgeable dental team provides personalised services that meet our patients’ needs.
We also offer a variety of payment plans to make the cost of dental implants affordable for everyone.
Teeth implants can improve lives, so why not see if they’re right for you? With Available Dental Care, you can trust that your individual dental needs will be met in the best way possible.
Are you’re ready to take the first step towards better oral health and a brighter smile? Book an appointment with us or call us on (02) 4601 3828 today!
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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