Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth restoration available. With proper dental care and regular check-ups, your dental implant could last for the rest of your lifetime. By contrast dental bridges, crowns and dentures may only last for five to ten years.
Most modern implants are crafted from titanium alloys; titanium is a robust and durable metal. Because they replace your missing tooth at the root and integrate with your jaw bone they are very strong.
Dental Implants Cannot Decay
Even though they might look feel and function like your natural teeth dental implants do not run the risk of dental decay. It is still possible to develop gum disease or decay in your other teeth so you must still practice a high standard of dental hygiene.
Tooth Implants Can Prevent Bone Loss
Implants are the only tooth replacement options that prevent bone loss. When you have had a lost tooth for some time it is normal to experience some bone loss in the jaw. Once you have undergone a period of healing, your new dental implant will osseointegrate with your jaw bone, preventing further bone loss.
Osseo-Integration Was “Discovered” In 1952
The concept of osseointegration was discovered and named by Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the founder of Nobel Biocare Implants was discovered in 1952. The ground-breaking discovery that the human body would not only tolerate titanium implants, but also integrate them is what has enabled titanium dental implants to be used in orthopaedic rehabilitation, and dental and maxillofacial restoration.
Even though Brånemark’s discovery was purely accidental Nobel Biocare implants are considered a pioneer of implant dentistry and continue to innovate in the medical tech space today.
Dental Implants Have A Very High Success Rate
With a success rate of between 95 and 98%, tooth implants are a fairly predictable dental treatment. This is partly to do with the fact that dental practitioners employ strict eligibility criteria by way of pre-screening.
Dental Implant Procedures Take Time
A lot of patients are surprised to discover how tooth implants are done. Each phase of your treatment will be managed individually, and you will need to wait a few months of healing before you can progress to the next stage.
You will start off with a consultation where your dental practitioner will take your medical history, as well as x-rays and digital photographs. He or she will also ascertain whether implants are a suitable option for you.
After this consultation, you will be presented with a treatment plan and cost estimate.
The sequence of how dental implants are done:
- Bone graft/ sinus lift
- Placing the dental implant
- Placing the abutment and temporary crown
- Placing the dental crown
Sometimes it is possible to do a minor bone graft prior to placing the dental implant but if you do need a bone graft or sinus lift you will need to have a separate procedure and allow enough time afterwards for healing to take place.
On average most patients can expect 6 to 9 months of treatment before their implant dentistry is complete. If you need a bone graft, you can probably expect an extra 3 months to be added to your treatment plan.
It Is Possible To Replace An Entire Arch Of Teeth Using Only Four Implants
Thanks to Nobel Biocare Implants, it is possible to replace an entire arch of missing teeth using the revolutionary all-on-4 system. The all-on-4 system means that missing teeth do not have to be replaced individually, and an entire arch can be supported by the dental implants that are embedded at an angle. The result is a more affordable and quick procedure that gives patients permanent tooth replacement.
No Two Dental Implant Surgeries Are Alike
Every patient presents with a different case, and that means we approach each treatment plan slightly differently too. Depending on your personal needs, we may perform guided, non-guided, flap or flapless surgery.
The Discomfort From Dental Implant Surgery Is Manageable
Patients who have had severe toothache tend to have concerns and anxieties about the potential pain that a dental implant might cause. Because dental implants are a treatment, the idea is not to have pain. Some patients report some discomfort following their surgery but it can generally be managed with over-the-counter medication.
At LV Dental we make use of laser therapy in order to reduce the amount of blood loss, promote healing and minimise patient swelling after dental implant surgery.
It Is Important To Replace Missing Teeth
If you do lose a tooth it is a good idea to replace it as soon as you can. This is because the other teeth in your mouth are likely to drift and shift, in order to fill the gap left behind. Over time this can cause your teeth to loosen and fall out.
Still have questions about dental implants and whether you could benefit from implant dentistry? Please contact us for an appointment: (02) 9158 6373