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Dental Implants 101: A Comprehensive Guide for Australians

Dental implants have revolutionised the way we approach missing teeth, offering a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution. In Australia, dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as they provide a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recognises dental implants as an effective treatment option for tooth loss. This blog will introduce you to dental implants, outline the process of getting them, their benefits, and help you understand who is a good candidate for this treatment.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone, where they serve as a substitute for the root of a missing tooth. Over time, the implant integrates with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. Once this bonding is complete, a crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the implant, providing a functional and natural-looking replacement tooth.

The Process of Getting Dental Implants

The process of getting dental implants involves several stages and can require a few months to complete. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Initial Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation where your dentist assesses your oral health, discusses your needs, and determines whether you are a suitable candidate for implants.
  • Treatment Planning: If you’re a good candidate, we will refer you to our local specialist to place the implant. The specialist will develop a customised treatment plan. This may involve X-rays, CT scans, and impressions of your teeth to ensure precise implant placement.
  • Implant Placement: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone under local anaesthesia. You may experience some discomfort, but this is typically manageable with over-the-counter pain relief.
  • Healing and Osseointegration: The implant will need time to integrate with the bone, a process that can take several months. During this time, you may have temporary teeth made. Once the specialist is happy with the healing and integration, you will return to us to make the crown.
  • Abutment and Crown Placement: Once the implant has bonded with the bone, an abutment is attached to the implant, and then the artificial tooth (crown) is placed on top.

 

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Durability: Implants are designed to last many years, even a lifetime with proper care, making them a cost-effective solution.
  • Functionality: They function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
  • Oral Health: Unlike bridges, implants do not require altering adjacent teeth, preserving your natural tooth structure.
  • Bone Preservation: Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that often occurs with missing teeth.
  • Aesthetics: They look and feel like your natural teeth, enhancing your smile and facial structure.

 

Who Is a Good Candidate?

A good candidate for dental implants typically includes individuals with:

  • Good Oral Health: Adequate bone in the jaw is needed to support the implant, and healthy gums are essential.
  • Non-Smokers: Smoking can inhibit healing and increase the risk of implant failure.
  • Good Overall Health: Certain chronic illnesses may affect healing after surgery. E.g. Diabetes, osteoporosis.
  • Commitment to Care: Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential for the longevity of dental implants.

 

Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth and can significantly improve your quality of life. However, they are not suitable for everyone. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants is by consulting with our caring dentists in Mount Waverley.

At Pinewood Dental Group, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest standard of care in dental implant treatment. If you are considering dental implants, contact us to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team will guide you through every step of the process, ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome for your smile.

Embrace the opportunity to restore your smile with dental implants. Contact Pinewood Dental Group today, and take the first step towards a healthier, more confident you.

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