Dental implants are the “gold standard” when it comes to tooth replacement options. They consist of a “root” that is anchored where your real root once sat. Then, a crown or “replacement tooth” is inserted into the “root.”
Dental implants are the closest thing you will have to a true replacement tooth. They look, feel and perform like your original teeth did. They are permanent, stable and don’t have to be anchored or connected to neighbouring teeth.
When a full upper or full lower bridge is needed, two to four implants can be used to anchor a bridge. These are much more stable than dentures and perform very close to your original teeth. They are superior to upper dentures because they don’t cover up your palate. This allows you to fully taste food again. Lower dentures tend to “float” and are greatly stabilised by implants.
The implants are made of different metals, but titanium is the most common. While standard implants do fit into the bone like a natural root, in some cases this is not possible. In those cases, a hybrid version includes framework that fits onto the bone.
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
There are two requirements for having dental implants. You have to be in reasonably good health and you have to have enough bone to hold them. If you have gum disease, you are not a candidate for dental implants.
If you drink alcohol heavily or smoke, you might not be a good candidate for dental implants. Systemic diseases such as diabetes and chronic disorders such as bruxism can also disqualify you.
What Should I Expect
The implant has to be placed first. Then, it can be up to six months before you are ready for the crown or bridge. This process can take another two months. In rare cases, posts and replacement teeth can be placed in one visit.
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants or if other options are necessary, call 1300 Great Smile today:(08) 9404 9500