Dental Implants in Northmead, NSW

If you have missing teeth, you already know that this can make life difficult. The way you speak might be impacted, and you might find yourself not socializing as often. You might have started avoiding some of your favourite food because they have become difficult to chew. Replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants can change that, giving you a beautiful smile that functions the way it’s supposed to.

a diagram of a dental implant | Northmead nsw implant dentistryDental implants are widely recognized as the most reliable tooth replacement option available. Success rates are excellent, with the vast majority of patients at our Northmead, NSW dental clinic able to have dental implants.

If you are self-conscious gaps in your smile, we invite you to contact Martina Lavery Dental & Skin Studio for a consultation to learn more.

What is a dental 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. In our Northmead dental clinic, 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 Martina 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.

Are dental implants the best option for tooth replacement?

When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants are the option that most closely mimics your natural tooth. A dental implant is a small post that is surgically placed into the gums to take the place of your natural tooth root. Over time—usually between four and six months—the dental implant will integrate into the jawbone, giving you a secure tooth “root” upon which we can place a dental crown. The result is a restoration that functions and looks very much like your natural tooth.

How does a dental implant work?

A dental implant takes the place of one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are made up of the following:

  • The base, which is usually made of biocompatible titanium. This is surgically placed into the jawbone where your tooth root is missing. It fuses with the jawbone to provide a stable base.
  • The connector or abutment secures the tooth-like crown to the implant.
  • The crown is the part of the implant that is designed to look like your natural tooth. It connects to the abutment part of the implant.

How long does it take for a dental implant to heal?

After the dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, it usually takes about four to six months for the healing process to take place. Once it is fully integrated into the jawbone, the implant can be completed.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants over other tooth replacement options.

  • They look better. Although today’s dentures have come a long way, no tooth replacement rivals dental implants for a natural look. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth because they are permanently fused to the jawbone.
  • You can speak better with dental implants. Even the best-fitting dentures can slip in the mouth, causing you to struggle speaking properly. With dental implants, you will have none of those concerns.
  • They are comfortable. Because they become a part of your body, there is no discomfort associated with dental implants.
  • You can enjoy all of your favourite foods without restriction. Dental implants function just like your natural teeth without the chewing problems that often accompany dentures. Enjoy crunchy vegetables and juicy steaks without worry.
  • They can boost your self-confidence. When you are missing teeth, you can feel self-conscious about smiling and people might even make judgments about you. With dental implants, you can feel good about your smile again—and you can feel better about yourself.
  • They are convenient. Dentures need to be removed daily for cleaning, but with dental implants, you can simply brush and floss your teeth as you have always done.
  • Implants are long-lasting. With proper care, your dental implants can last you a lifetime. Stay current with dental examinations and cleans, and practice good home care and your investment will last.

Why should I choose a dental implant?

Not replacing a missing tooth is about more than just aesthetics. When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth will naturally start to shift, moving to fill in the space left behind. This causes problems with your bite and can lead to other problems, including periodontal disease and the loss of more teeth. Because there is no tooth root to stimulate the jawbone, the bone may deteriorate.

Dental implants will prevent your other teeth from shifting, and it will stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy.

Unlike other tooth restoration options, there are no food restrictions with dental implants. You can eat all of your favourite foods with confidence. As with your natural teeth, avoid chewing on foods that are overly hard and never use your teeth as a tool.

In addition, dental implants eliminate the need to add crowns to healthy adjacent teeth to hold a bridge in place, making them a more conservative choice.

How much does a dental implant cost?

The cost of an implant varies from patient to patient. Ultimately, it 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 so you feel comfortable going forward.

Can anyone have dental implants?

Most people in good health are good candidates for dental implants. If a person has an insufficient amount of jawbone to support the implant, bone grafting often provides a solution.

 couple smiles together | dental implants in Northmead nswThere are some medications that may increase the risk of unsuccessful dental implants. Dr Martina will go over your complete medical history, including any medications you might be taking, to ensure that the implant procedure is viable. We offer a variety of options to replace missing teeth in our Northmead dental clinic. If dental implants are not a good option for you, we also provide bridges and partial dentures.

How do I take care of my dental implants?

You can take care of your dental implants just as you would take care of your natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss at least once per day, preferably just before bedtime. Although dental implants cannot develop tooth decay like your natural teeth, you can still develop gum disease so brushing and flossing is crucial.

It’s also essential to stay current with visits to the dentist twice each year for check-ups and cleans. It’s also a good idea for Dr Martina to examine your dental implant to ensure there are no problems.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care, your dental implant can last a lifetime.

Are you ready to complete your smile?

Contact us to book a consult and we can go over your options for tooth replacement. If it turns out that dental implants are not right for you, we also provide dental bridges and full and partial dentures.

The best way to get started is to contact our Northmead dental studio to arrange a booking by calling us on (02) 9688-7898. We look forward to meeting you.