At Marketplace Dental Wagga, from January 2021, our implant dentist can safely and painlessly provide you with a dental implant or implants. Contact us to find out more about our competitive prices.
Your new permanent tooth or teeth should provide many benefits:
You’ll have an initial consultation, examination including x-ray and discuss the best alternatives for your needs, including costs involved. If you decide that implants are the best choice, we’ll refer you to our implant specialist.
NB: If you require extractions, we will perform these before you visit the specialist.
The implant specialist will take further intraoral/extraoral x-rays & CT cone beam scans which will help them work out the best point of action, and confirm that you’ve enough bone for the procedure.
In the next appointment, your implant will be placed while in the chair. Having an implant is relatively painless; you’ll also be given plenty of analgesia so you remain comfortable.
Once your implant is placed, you’ll have to wait for up to three months for the bone to attach the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
Once osseointegration has occurred, your tooth restoration (where we place a crown or an implant-supported denture or bridge) can commence.
Restoration can be for one, several or all teeth. If we are replacing only one missing tooth, we’ll attach a crown to your new dental implant via an abutment. Your crown will now act as your new permanent tooth.
If you have several or all of your teeth missing, we will attach either an implant-supported denture (over-denture) or a fixed bridge as your new permanent teeth.
Most people can have dental implants; however, there are a few exceptions.
Usually, you’ll be suitable for dental implants if you:
All surgical procedures carry risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Osseointegration is a process where your living bone tissue integrates or fuses with the surface of your artificial tooth implant to become one strong, load-bearing entity resistant to any mechanical forces such as chewing and biting. This process can take up to three months to complete.
You do not need one implant for every missing tooth. That is a common misunderstanding. Sometimes, you may require only 2 – 4 implants for one entire arch. Speak to your dentist to find out more.
If any of the following statements apply, then implants may be a good solution for you:
Dental implants are small titanium alloy devices that act as a replacement for missing teeth – or specifically, tooth roots. Implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line. Dental implants support the new replacement tooth or teeth via an abutment.
Most people are suitable candidates for dental implants. However, certain conditions such as leukaemia, uncontrolled diabetes, or HIV can affect bone growth and may prohibit you from getting implants. To find out if you are suitable for dental implants, you’ll need an x-ray and sometimes a CT scan to assess whether you have enough bone. Generally speaking, if you are in reasonably good health, you should be a suitable candidate for dental implants.
The price of dental implants varies, and as everyone is different with different needs, so does the price. Consequently, it’s essential to see the dentist for an individual assessment and quote.
Keep in mind that the implants are not the only expense. You must consider that there will be several dental visits, possibly bone grafts, and the cost of your new teeth. However, although the cost may be considerable, over the long-term dental implants may provide far better value. You will no longer have to repeatedly purchase new dentures and bear the subsequent maintenance costs. Further, you’ll enjoy considerably improved quality of life.
You take care of your dental implant/s and the device sitting on top of the implant/s the same way you would look after your natural teeth. (Although, if you have removable implant-supported dentures, you will be given specific cleaning and brushing instructions).
If you have fixed implant-supported dentures, they will, of course, not be subject to cavities.
However, you can still develop gum inflammation, infection – and even bone loss. Therefore, you must take good care of your new implant-supported teeth. Further, you must maintain regular dental checkups to assess the quality of your surrounding gums and bone tissue.
If you are unable to have dental implants or decide that the expense and time are not right for you, you don’t have to have implants. You may be able to survive with a partial or full denture. However, dental implants help restore you with a fully functioning set of teeth that enable you to enjoy a better quality of life.
As dental implants are fixed into your bone, they help maintain bone density. Individuals who have lost some or all the teeth are prone to faster bone resorption (loss). This bone loss gives the typical ‘sunken’ appearance that many individuals without teeth have. Not only do implants keep bone stimulated and strong, but they also are far more secure. Traditional dentures are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear. This makes it difficult to bite and chew a broad range of necessary nutritious foods.
As eating is difficult for denture wearers, many become malnourished. Dental implants allow you to eat a wider variety of healthy foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and even steak. Not only is this healthier for the individual, but far better for their emotional well-being and enjoyment.
The dental implant procedure is surprisingly not very painful. Usually, the procedure is performed in the dentist chair. Sometimes, patients may have minimal discomfort for two or three days after the procedure due to the stitches. Over-the-counter pain relief is usually enough to remedy this problem. Your dentist may also give you other medications to help with healing and avoid infection.
Dental implants, providing the patient is in good health, and the implant has successfully fused to the bone, should last a long time or possibly a lifetime. There have been many cases where dental implants have remained in place for over 40 years.
The youngest dental implant patients are in their late teens, while the eldest patients have been aged in their 90s.
Not all dentists are trained in dental implant placement. Dentist untrained in this procedure will refer you on to a dental implant dentist, periodontist or maxillofacial and oral surgeon.
At Marketplace Dental in Wagga, from January 2021, we have a dentist specially trained in implant placement who will perform all dental implant procedures here in the clinic.
Implant placement is considered a safe and effective treatment with a very high success rate. All surgical procedures carry risks, however. Risks may include:
According to the American Academy of implant dentistry, in America alone, in 2006, it was estimated that over 5.5 million dental implants had been placed. Further, over 3 million people have implants, with an extra 500,000 people added to this list each year.
Estimates range between 95 to 99%; however, studies in the Journal of Oral Implantology show success rates of dental implants at 98%.