Everything You Need To Know Before Getting Dental Implants in Sydney

July 25, 2020 by uSmile Dental
Everything You Need To Know Before Getting Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

A missing tooth can do more than affect your smile. It can change your overall appearance, affect your ability to eat and speak, and can even lead to bone loss in your jaw. While there are numerous options available to replace missing teeth, dental implants continue to be the primary choice.

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option whether you’re missing one or more teeth, or if you have teeth that are damaged or decayed beyond repair. This procedure involves surgically anchoring a metal post in your jaw to hold an artificial tooth, bridge, or denture.

If you’re looking for tooth replacement options, uSmile Dental can guide you through the implant process and the benefits of going with this long-term solution.

Cost of Dental Implants in Sydney

In Sydney, a dental implant can cost between $3,000 – $6,500 per tooth.

Each patient has different needs and requires a different treatment plan that must be created by your dentist after a comprehensive oral examination. It is best to schedule a consultation with your dentist to get an accurate price that includes the cost of extractions, sedation, bone grafts, and x-rays. Trying to determine an exact cost for your treatment before scheduling an initial consultation may lead to inaccurate assumptions about your case. 

Dental implants improve the quality of a person’s life by giving the freedom to chew and taste foods, kiss, talk, and smile without the worry of uncomfortable and unpredictable dentures — making the truly the way of the future for dental prosthetics

That being said, it is essential for patients to completely understand that dental implants are an investment. Initially, dental implants might seem more expensive than traditional dentures and bridges, until you consider the maintenance cost. Traditional dentures and implants require replacement every 3-7 years, and can lead to health problems that can be costly in the long run.

When you embark on your dental implant journey, you should go forth with the understanding that implants are an investment that will greatly improve your health and confidence.

Benefits
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Because of today’s state-of-the-art materials and technology, we are given a better way with dental implants. Some of its numerous benefits are:

  • Keeps your jaws healthy

A dental implant is a metal post that is placed surgically in your jaw just like a natural tooth root to hold your artificial tooth, unlike dentures that sit on top of your gums. This placement helps to prevent bone loss and gum recession which is a common issue with dentures.

When you’re missing a tooth, that bone area in your jaw can lose 25% of its volume — and it will continue deteriorating in the years to come. Dental implants simulate a tooth root in your jaw which helps to maintain your bone health and stimulate new growth.

  • Provides greater function

Dental implants offer better stability after being placed in your jaw. They restore about 90% of your chewing function while dentures restore only about 20%.

You also won’t experience changes with your appearance, ability to chew, and your bite alignment caused by a missing tooth. When you have a missing tooth, neighboring teeth begin to shift. By filling gaps with an implant, you can keep your teeth in their proper places.

  • Looks like a natural tooth

After your implant heals, a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture will be customised to blend seamlessly with your smile.

  • Provides stability for restorations

Since your implant is rooted in your jaw, we can use it to stabilise full or partial dentures to keep them from shifting and moving unexpectedly.

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  • Offers a long-term solution to tooth loss

If you keep your teeth healthy, your implant is permanent. Most options for missing teeth need replacement every 5-10 years, which can be a significant investment in your time and money. 

However, your dental implant is a biocompatible material which means you don’t have to have to worry about your body rejecting them. They naturally integrate into your jawbone. This design makes them an effective long-term solution, as long as you take care of them.

  • Secure and comfortable

A dental implant’s secure fit makes them feel and function the same way your natural teeth do. Unlike bridges and removable partial dentures that can move around, you don’t have to worry about your implants slipping or clicking while you talk or eat.

For more information on what makes dental implants the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, call uSmile Dental or schedule an appointment today.

How It Works

Dental implants are surgical grade titanium or ceramic screw-like bodies that are surgically implanted into the jaw to replace missing teeth. Through a process called osteointegration, the implant body integrates into the bone structure. 

Once the dental implant is fully integrated into the bone structure, an abutment is placed, then the implant is ready to receive a restorative crown. During this point, the dentist will attach the tooth crown to the implant abutment for the final step in the dental implant process.

What Can Go Wrong And How To Avoid Them
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There are a few factors that can define an implant’s success. Apart from the dentist, other factors include the quality and quantity of bone available at the site and the patient’s overall health and oral hygiene.

To avoid dental problems, a patient should pick a suitable dental practitioner. It’s important to consider the number of dental implants the dentist has previously carried out, his certifications, and his history of performance. All of this is to make sure the dentist’s capability is truly above par. At uSmile Dental, you can be sure that we have fully capable dentists.

Although extremely rare, implants can still fail at times. Although the chance of getting any pain is slim, it can still happen. Problems like incorrect positioning, poor implant placement, fractured implants, and substandard quality of implants being used can also cause health risks.

  • Infections usually happen after the implant has been positioned into the jaw and the wounds end up infected.
  • Rejection is when the body rejects the implant and because the body treats it as a foreign object.
  • Overload is also a common problem that can arise, it happens when more than one tooth needs an implant as too many implants can put pressure on the teeth and the jaw.

To avoid these issues, you may need to take some tests to determine if your bone density is enough to hold an implant or more in their corresponding positions. The dentist should look over the health level of the patient to ensure that the procedure is carried out safely.

Thorough preparation and post surgery process help ensure there are no dental implant complications.

Conclusion

Dental implants are scientifically proven to stop the negative effects that missing teeth have on your overall dental and medical health, and can drastically improve your life.

However, proper preparation is highly essential.

If you’d like to speak to a dentist about implants, then book your initial consultation with us at uSmile Dental in Hurstville.You can book an appointment online here or by calling us at (02) 8084 9118

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