Restore your smile and confidence with dental implants
When you lose a tooth or have one removed, you may be left with an awkward gap. While this is cosmetically unpleasant, there are also long term dental concerns with having large gaps in the teeth. Dental implants can provide the perfect solution.
At Charlestown Dental Centre in Newcastle NSW, our implants are made of a biocompatible titanium fixture which will support the fully synthetic, natural looking tooth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants mimic the operation and appearance of a natural tooth, serving as a successful tooth replacement treatment. They are made up of frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone, beneath the gums. A dentist can then mount a replacement tooth on top and shape it to perfectly blend with the rest of the teeth in the mouth.
Dental implants consist of three parts:
- Screw: Positioned inside the jaw bone to serve as a replacement root.
- Abutment: Connects the screw with the crown.
- Crown: Positioned on top of the abutment to act as a natural tooth.
Why dental implants?
Dental Implants bring many functional and aesthetic benefits.
- Natural looking: Dental implants are designed to suit the shape and shade of your natural teeth, so your smile stays beautiful!
- Durable: Dental implants fuse to the jawbone permanently. With proper oral hygiene, they can last many years if not a lifetime.
- Comfortable: Dental implants remove any pain or embarrassment associated with dentures and their removal.
- Convenient: Dental implants do not need to be removed when brushing your teeth, which is one less thing to worry about.
- Healthy: When you have missing teeth, 10% of your chewing ability is lost and puts greater stress on remaining teeth. As these teeth are not affected by the dental implant procedure, you can boost your long-term oral health.
Can everyone get dental implants?
Dental implants are not recommended for everyone. To determine your eligibility for this procedure, you dentist will consider the following factors:
- Strong bones: Dental implants must fuse with the jawbone to support the tooth, so sufficient bone density is a key requirement for success. Otherwise, bone grafts may be considered.
- Healthy gums: To receive dental implants, you must also have healthy gums to support the implant structure. It is a long term commitment to keeping these structures healthy.
- Meticulous oral hygiene: The longevity and success of dental implants depends on oral hygiene and regular dental visits in order to maintain their health. Some great practices for maintaining oral health and hygiene with dental implants include: practicing good oral hygiene, quitting smoking, and regular checkups with your dentist.
3 stages of the dental implant process
The full dental implant process can take three to nine months depending on a number of factors, including implant placement, patient age and aesthetics required.
To begin, we will place the dental implant in your jaw. More specifically, a titanium screw is into the bone while you are under a local anaesthetic. This implant is then left to fuse with the bone over several months.
At the next stage, the abutment is connected to the screw to secure the dental implant. We will then take moulds of your mouth to make the crown.
During the final stage, crowns and veneers are fitted to the dental implant to finalise the restoration process and replace the gap from your missing tooth.
In most cases, recovery from dental implants takes approximately one week, with patients experiencing moderate swelling, bruising and pain after the procedure.
How long do dental implants last?
When you undergo this procedure with a highly experienced dental practice and stick to healthy hygiene and lifestyle habits, your dental implants can last 25 years to a lifetime.
Book an appointment today
Interested in getting dental implants in Newcastle, NSW? As Charlestown Dental Centre is dedicated to the health of your teeth and the look of your smile, we must firmly recommend that you get any gaps in your mouth seen to straight away. Failure to do so can result in dispersion of the teeth which can later require expensive treatments to repair.
If you have any further questions regarding dental implants, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Charlestown Dental Centre. If you have been considering dental implants, and want more information as to whether you are a potential candidate, give us a call today!
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