About Dental Implants

 

An Attractive Smile Reflects a Healthy Life

If you are missing teeth, you will understand how a healthy smile means enjoying life to the fullest. An attractive, natural smile with natural-looking teeth, helps us look and feel our best. It allows us to feel naturally confident at home, at work or when we are socialising, but especially on the inside. It means we can be who we want to be.

Case 1 - Before

Case 1 - Before

Case 1 - After

Case 1 - After

Before and After Composite
 
Retracted Smile - After - Healing Phase
Case 2 - Healing Phase - Note the temporary abutment is showing through the gum and the two front teeth have been temporaily bridged from behind.  The healing phase will take approximately 4 months, after which time, these will be removed.

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Missing Teeth

The loss of even a single tooth can have a considerable impact on everyday life and self-esteem. There are a number of reasons why people lose their teeth. Teeth may have been missing since birth or have been lost to gum disease, infection, illness, trauma, medications or decay. Whatever the reasons, the consequences usually have a negative impact on quality of life. You may no longer eat the same foods that you once enjoyed. You may be self-conscious and less confident than you once were, and you may even stop smiling and laughing altogether. As time passes, you may find that you are not the self-assured, self-confident person you once were.

Dental Implants Offer Long-Lasting Solutions

If you are missing one or more teeth, or even wear a full denture, then dental implants may be the option for you.

Dental implants serve as artificial roots, firmly anchored into the jawbone, to support fixed or removable tooth replacements. They are a solution for single missing teeth, to support a crown, a solution for several missing teeth to support a bridge, or a modern solution to replace all missing teeth (All-on-4™)

A huge advantage of implants is that they help to retain the jaw bone. Once teeth are missing, the jaw bone naturally starts to recede, or shrink. This is because the bone is no longer stimulated when you chew. This causes changes to your physical appearance and with time, dentures lose their fit. They can slip, cause pain or even become embarrassing.

Dental implants

  • prevent bone lose and act just as if you still had your natural teeth in place
  • normally last a lifetime
  • feel normal, so you will not feel any difference
  • are bio-compatible and therefore accepted by your body
  • provide stability and support for a variety of replacement teeth solutions
  • are accepted by dental professionals, for over 40 years now, as a successful and trusted method of tooth replacement

Dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth and you will not feel the difference.

Why a Dental Implant?

Dental implants look, feel and work like natural teeth because they are made of a special metal (pure titanium) that is compatible with the jaw bone. The metal helps the bone fuse with the implant, which is a small post that protrudes from the gum tissue. Prosthetic teeth are then attached to these posts for a natural-looking and attractive result.

Case 1 - Before

Case 1 - Before

Case 1 - After

Case 1 - After

Since dental implants help distribute chewing forces throughout the jaw bone, they can restore up to 90% of the chewing power lost with missing teeth, and they can minimise the erosion of the jaw bone that normally occurs when teeth are lost or removed. Implants can improve the cosmetics, retention and preservation of the jaw bones, even if you are wearing a full or partial denture at the time.

Many patients who previously suffered from missing teeth, soreness from dentures, decreased chewing ability, and a less attractive appearance are now taking advantage of dental implants to address these problems. Implants can literally improve not only your smile, but more importantly for many denture wearers, your ability to eat and talk.

Please note that 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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