What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a replacement for natural tooth roots. They are screw-like anchors that are made of materials that are compatible with the body, like titanium. They work by attaching to the jawbone and gums, providing a stable base for artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
Dental implants are used when a tooth/teeth need to be replaced, or to support dentures. Unlike some other restoration options, implants and crowns do not require adhesives to keep them in place. They are also ideal replacements for missing or diseased teeth, as they are the most natural looking. They are also another option if you are considering dentures.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants varies based on several things, such as how many teeth need to be replaced, and if a bone graft or sinus lift is needed. In Australia, the general cost of a dental implant range between $3,000 – $6,500 per tooth. If a bone graft or sinus lift is needed, the price of one implant can be up to $11,500. The cost of dental implants depends on many factors and specific to very individual case. We highly recommend that you visit a qualified dentist to carry out your dental implant procedure.
At Grand Dental, we practice the latest dental implant techniques and advancements and we can reassure you high success rates for our dental implant treatments.
Call us on 02 4742 1004 or simply email Grand Dental for a no-obligation consultation on dental implant options and discuss your individual dental implant treatment, including payment plans.
Why should I get dental implants?
Compared to other false teeth options like bridges or dentures, dental implants have many benefits such as:
- Lasting longer
- Being sturdier
- Looking natural and real
- Preventing bone loss
- Have no age restrictions
- Improve self confidence
How are dental implants attached?
The entire process of getting dental implants can take anywhere between 3-6 months. Usually the treatment follows 3 steps:
- The damaged tooth or teeth are removed and the implant is put into the jaw. A screw is also inserted to stop any food entering the area. The implant will eventually fuse with the jawbone, and this usually takes 3-6 months. During that time, your gums are secured around over the implant.
- After the implant has fused with the bone, it is uncovered from the gums and an extension called a post is attached to it. The gum then has to heal around the post, and once it does it will act as the foundation for your tooth
- A crown is made that suits the size, shape and colour of your natural teeth. Once they’re done, your custom crown will be attached to the post and you can enjoy your brand new smile!
Dental Implant Infection
Getting dental implants is a kind of surgery, but any chance of infection is very low if your dentist follows the correct infection control procedures. This is very important as our mouth is full of bacteria and the risk of infection can increase greatly if the infection control demonstrated is poor. The most common infection associated with dental implants is called peri-implantitis, a gum disease that causes implant failure and bone loss. When the infection is left untreated, it can lead to some of your teeth and some jaw bone having to be removed. It can also cause an infection in your sinus, and in extreme cases, septicaemia, which is life threatening.
Badly Positioned Dental Implants
For dental implants to be long lasting, they must be positioned custom to your jaw and very precisely. If the implant is positioned wrong it can cause complications with chewing, aesthetics, dental hygiene, and how long your implants last. There are also irreversible side effects, such as bone loss and chronic ulcers. The only solution to a poorly positioned implant is to remove it and replace it with a new one.
Dental implants VS dentures
Dental implants are generally the most popular choice when people need to replace small numbers of teeth. They are often preferred because they preserve the health of the jawbone and gums while effectively replicating the appearance of your natural teeth. Dental implants are able to create a secure and sturdy bite, whereas dentures can be hard to wear, less secure and restrict some of the foods you eat. However, dentures are recommended if your have several teeth missing or if you can’t have implants. If you have a condition like diabetes that might lessen the chances of the implant fusing with your jaw, or you can’t stop smoking, dentures may be a better option.
Dental implants VS bridges
There are advantages and disadvantages between getting dental implants and bridges. We’ve put together a comparison table below to help you compare side by side between the two dental treatment options. The biggest advantage to dental bridges is that the treatment is more likely to be covered by your private health insurance. However, when you compare them side by side, dental implant treatment has more advantages with the main one preventing bone loss. At Grand Dental we recommend dental implants over bridges due to its longevity and easier to care for in the long term.
|Longevity||At least 15 years on average||5-7 years|
|Covered by health insurance?||Very rarely||Sometimes|
|Prevents bone loss?||Yes||No|
|Maintenance||Normal brushing and flossing||Special floss and brush needed|
|Aesthetic result||Natural (more so than bridges)||Natural|
|Fitting time||Requires a long healing period and takes multiple visits over months||Can be fitted in as little as 2-3 visits over a couple of weeks|
We hope you find the table helpful. Call us on 02 4742 1004 for a no-obligation consultation and Dr Max Kim will take you through each option in detail to suit your individual oral care needs, including payment options.