Are Dental Implants Right For You?

At Beautiful Smile we speacialise in dental implants. Our live dental implant training in Balwyn has gained us significant exposure as leading dental practitioners. Dental implants can transform a crooked smile into one of beauty.  If you have one or more missing teeth and have difficulty eating and feel self conscious about your smile then you should consider dental implants.

Dental implants however may not be right for everyone. Below we’ve outlined answers to some of the most frequent questions we are asked in consultation sessions so that you can start to explore whether dental implants could help you reclaim function and your smile.

Dental implants are titanium cylinders (screws) that are surgically placed into the jawbone where there are missing teeth below the gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. Your new tooth, a crown, will look and feel similar to your real teeth.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Dental Implant?

If you have a reasonably strong jaw bone, do not have periodontitis (gum disease), and do not smoke, you will most likely be eligible for a dental implant. You should discuss your options for tooth replacement with your Beautiful Smile approved dentist in Balwyn. Each case is different and you should advise your dentist of your medical history during your consultation.

What Are The Different Types Of Dental Implants?

There are 3 different types of dental implants. Depending on your individual circumstances, your dentist will decide which kind is best suited to you.

  1. Endosseous Implants are cylinder or screw-shaped, made of metal, ceramic or ceramic-coated metal and are placed within the jawbone.
  2. Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal framework that attaches on top of the jawbone but underneath the gum tissue.
  3. Transosteal implants are either a metal pin or a u-shaped frame that passes through the jawbone and the gum tissue into the mouth.

How Long Does A Dental Implant Procedure Take?

The procedure of inserting a single dental implant takes approximately 1-2 hours. Approximately 3 – 9 months after the implant has been osseointegrated, your dentist will start constructing a crown or bridge to be placed over the post.

What Is The Recovery Time For Dental Implants?

The recovery time for dental implants will change depending on your medical and dental history, the condition of your jaw bone before surgery, how many teeth were replaced, and if you needed bone or gum grafting. Depending on your circumstances, the downtime could be a couple of days or a couple of weeks. On average, it takes just a couple of days to feel back to normal. The complete healing of your jawbone and gum tissue takes approximately 3-6 months.

How Much Does A Dental Implant Cost?

The cost of dental implants will vary depending on several factors, including how many teeth need to be replaced and whether you require a bone graft or sinus lift. Typically, the price for a straightforward dental implant can range between $3,000 – $6,500 per tooth.

Who Can Benefit From Dental Implants?

In the vast majority of cases, anyone who has a missing tooth or teeth, can benefit and as long as your oral health is in top condition and your gums and jaw are healthy, then dental implants could be right for you.

The main reasons that people have dental implants are:

  • To replace a missing tooth or teeth
  • To replace ill-fitting or uncomfortable dentures
  • To replace broken or damaged teeth

However, it is worth noting that there are some instances where the treatment may not be suitable for you. If you have any underlying or serious health problems, then dental implants may not be the best option. In these cases we would explore the range of other care and treatment options available to you to give you comfort, security and smile confidence.

Health issues such as gum disease sometimes alter the structure of your face, jaw and gums or diabetes, (that is not yet under control) can delay healing. Equally, if you have had radiotherapy to the areas around your mouth then you may have experienced similar negative effects to the shape and strength of your facial bones, gums and muscles.

At your regular, general dentistry appointments, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, head, neck and jaw. This is to gain a full profile of your oral health and to ensure that there are no underlying issues that might need to be treated first or could potentially prevent you from having dental implant work.

Whatever questions or concerns you have, or if you think an existing health concern may prevent you from having treatment you can always speak to our knowledgeable and helpful team. We will always discuss all the available options with you and advise and guide you to find the best options for your oral care.

Speaking to your dentist in Balwyn and letting them know about any other health problems you are experiencing and any wishes you have for future treatment will allow them to make a proper assessment as to whether you would be a suitable candidate for dental implants.

The Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a very popular, safe and comprehensive option to address tooth loss or damage or to correct ill fitting dentures. There are a number of benefits to dental implants over other treatments and we have outlined some of them in more depth below.

Natural Look

The main advantage of having dental implants in Balwyn is that they offer a natural-looking replacement for your missing tooth. A more natural-looking smile means that your friends and family do not have to know that you have had implants placed and will not be able to tell the difference between them and your natural teeth.

As well as replicating the look of your natural teeth, your new implant will also act in the same way as a normal tooth. The ceramic crown placed on top of the titanium root allows you to eat and talk as you normally would.

Sometimes, leaving a gap for a prolonged period after having a tooth removed can affect the way you speak. Teeth help to control the air that flows in and out of your mouth when talking. By taking away a tooth you reduce the friction between the air and your teeth, making it harder for you to pronounce certain words, letters, and sounds. This could eventually result in a lisp. Dental implants that look and act just like your normal teeth help you to avoid the impact caused by missing teeth.

Looking and behaving the way your regular teeth do, dental implants can also be maintained through your normal oral hygiene routine. Being aware of your oral health, brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will support your teeth and gums and allow any implants to reach their full lifespan of upwards of 20 to 30 years and beyond. Regular visits to your general dentist and hygienist will help you keep your implants and your overall dental health in top condition and will also allow early identification of any potential problems.

When your implants are first fitted, you may find it difficult to clean some areas of your mouth. During your visits to our clinic, you will be shown how to care for and maintain your dental implants and how to prevent the build-up of plaque and biofilm that can lead to bad breath and gum disease. Our staff are always on hand to help with questions about aftercare so if you do have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Fixed and Comfortable

Unlike traditional dentures used to replace teeth, dental implants are fixed and cannot be removed. The Implant provides increased stability, comfort and longevity and provides clients with long-lasting smile confidence.

In our state of the art onsite laboratory we use cutting edge technology to design, create and mold your dental implants to fit perfectly into your mouth. Because they are bespoke products, created just for you and expertly fitted, you do not need to worry about them slipping or moving when you talk or eat. There is also no need to remove them for cleaning or maintenance. They are designed to look, behave and last just like normal teeth.

By replicating that ‘natural tooth’ look and feel, our expert team can ensure that your dental implants fit comfortably in your mouth and match the colour of your smile.

It is important to remember that having dental implants is an invasive procedure. You may experience some swelling and bruising of the surrounding area in the days after your treatment and often a little sensitivity where the implants are fitted. This is to be expected and can be treated with over the counter painkillers. The symptoms will start to reduce after a few days as your gums heal, and the titanium root becomes fully fused with the bone in your jaw.

Dental implants provide you with a safe, secure and aesthetic alternative to removable dentures and will enhance your smile giving you comfort and confidence.

Improve your Oral Health

Dental implants that are expertly made and fitted can improve not only your smile but also your overall oral health.

Your jawbones are stimulated and kept healthy through the motion of chewing food. When you lose teeth, it’s possible to lose some of that stimulation, and if teeth are not replaced your jawbone can slowly become weaker and more susceptible to damage.

By replacing any missing teeth with titanium rooted dental implants, you can replicate the stimulation that your jaw receives from a full set of natural teeth; reducing the possibility of any potential bone loss and promoting a strong, healthy mouth.

If you have a missing tooth and do not fill the gap that is left, then you could become more susceptible to gum disease. This is due to food particles and then bacteria collecting in the space. By filling the gap with a dental implant there is less space for food to be caught and bacteria to grow and thrive.

Dental implants also help to keep your natural teeth healthy and aligned. If you leave a gap between two teeth then those teeth may start to shift into a different position to fill the space.

Not only do dental implants help to strengthen your jaw and prevent you from types of gum disease, they also keep your natural teeth straight and in position.

Factors To Consider

While you may have decided that dental implants are right for you, there are some external factors that you need to examine and consider before undergoing treatment.

Despite having a potential 20 – 30 year life span, dental implants are not a quick fix for a missing tooth. The process of replacing a single tooth using an implant will take 12 weeks. This is because, once you have had a tooth removed, you will need time to heal and recover before the titanium root section of the implant is placed into your gum.

After this stage and while waiting for your gum to heal and fuse to the root, you will not be left with a gap. A temporary crown will be fitted to fill the gap before the permanent crown is cemented to the root after the healing period.

In some instances, your jaw may not be strong enough to support dental implants. During your initial consultation, you will undergo a thorough examination to determine if you would be a suitable candidate for dental implants. Even if you do not have sufficient bone strength or density in your jaw you may still be able to undergo a procedure called a bone graft. This will ensure that your jaw is strong enough to hold the titanium root and that the implant will not loosen over time.

Cost can also be a major factor when deciding if dental implants are right for you. Fees depend on whether you want a single front tooth replaced or multiple teeth and whether the affected tooth is at the front or back of the mouth. Here at Beautiful Smile, our dental implants start from $4500 per tooth. While this sounds expensive it’s important to remember that all of our treatments are bespoke, our highly experienced staff are leading professionals in their respected fields. These factors give you the confidence to go ahead with your choice of care knowing that you are in safe hands and that you will always receive our dedicated, five star service.

From the clients we’ve helped and the smiles we’ve recreated, we know that dental implants are an investment in the future of your oral health. They can replicate the look, feel and functionality of your natural teeth, helping to improve your confidence, your health and your quality of life.

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Are dental implants right for you? The answer depends on your needs, your circumstances and your overall oral health. The benefits of having dental implants greatly outweigh the costs, the treatment length and any initial discomfort felt. While yes, they are an expensive treatment option, they are a permanent solution to tooth loss and an investment in, not only the future of your oral health but your confidence as well.

Here at Beautiful Smile in Balwyn, we are proud to have Dr. Salim Sjaifuddin as our Principle dentist. Since his graduation he regularly attends and completes education programs. This ensures that the patients always receive the latest in dental care.

He has attended courses in Clinical Foundation of Orthopaedics and Orthodontics ( Maxillo Facial Orthopaedics, Fixed Orthodontic Therapy, Cephalometric Analysis ). The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (level I, II, & III), Loma Linda University (USA) Implant Course, Certificate of Professional Development by ADA, ITI Dental Implant Course and Imtec Dental Implant Course.

Alternatively, you can call us on (03) 9859 3533 to book a consultation and start your dental implant journey today.