If you are self-conscious gaps in your smile or find dentures unreliable because they shift, you may wish to have dental implants.
What Is an Implant?
A dental implant is a device that can replace the root of a natural tooth in addition to filling the gap in your smile and restoring chewing function. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or even a full arch of teeth. Dental implants offer versatility and can also anchor dentistry, such as bridges and dentures, in place for added security and stability.
When tooth loss occurs, Dr Lavery can surgically place a dental implant into the upper or lower jawbone. A crown is then added to the implant by a connector, called an abutment. The crown is then glued or screwed onto the abutment, completing your smile.
Why Should I Choose a Dental Implant?
When a tooth is lost, undesirable outcomes in the mouth can occur.
If a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth can start to move, causing problems with bite alignment, periodontal disease and even additional tooth loss.
When tooth loss occurs, bone from the jaw may deteriorate, causing thinning of the jawbone and changes to the facial structure. Dental implants stimulate healthy bone and preserve the bite function by acting as a placeholder.
Your dental implant will restore full function and allow for improved dietary options without restrictions. Common-sense caution, such as avoiding chewing on overly hard foods or non-food items like ice, will prolong the life of your dental implant crown.
Unlike a dental bridge, dental implants eliminate the need to cut down healthy adjacent teeth and are a more conservative choice.
Dr Martina will match your dental implant crown to your natural tooth colour for a seamless result that is virtually undetectable when you smile.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
The cost of an implant depends on the bone quality, the number of implants required, and how the implant will be restored after it is placed. Each patient is unique, and we will organise a personal treatment plan to meet your goals. Dr Martina will discuss cost with you before proceeding.
Can Anyone Have Dental Implants?
In most cases, any healthy patient can choose to replace missing teeth with dental implants. If insufficient bone is an obstacle, bone grafting treatments typically make dental implants a viable option.
Certain medications, such as those used for the treatment of osteoporosis, may increase dental implant risk. We will go over your medical history and medications to make sure that the implant procedure is safe for you.
Ready to Complete Your Smile?
Dental implants are not the only option to replace missing teeth. We also provide dental bridge procedures and full and partial dentures for patients seeking an alternative.
The best way to get started is to contact our Winston Hills dental studio to arrange a booking. We look forward to meeting you.