Missing teeth make everyday activities inconvenient and awkward. Speaking and chewing become problematic and smiling reveals a gap in the teeth that might give off the wrong impression. While we always present every treatment option available to our patients, dental implants are gaining in popularity because they are the most natural and realistic solution to missing teeth.
Dental Implants Replace the Entire Tooth
Unlike dental bridges and dentures, dental implants aim to replace the entire tooth from root to crown and mimic the tooth in both form and function. The dental implant screw, made of titanium, is designed to integrate with the jawbone, resulting in one of the main benefits of dental implants: stability.
The dental implant crown, usually made of tooth-coloured porcelain, completes the smile and the chewing mechanism of the teeth. The crown also acts as a placeholder, keeping adjacent teeth from shifting.
Dental Implant Treatment
A thorough examination to determine if adequate bone exists to support a dental implant, and will determine if additional treatments, such as bone grafting, will be necessary. Dr Sean How completed both the ADIN Basic Dental Implant Course as well as the Advanced Course and is clinically experienced in both the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants.
Dental implant evaluation includes a complete medical history, x-rays, photos and impressions to create moulds of teeth. At our Korumburra or Inverloch dental clinics, 3-D cone beam technology, the most advanced in the field, assists in dental implant procedures by providing a high-resolution 3-D image to assist in accurate implant placement.
Dental implant surgery is usually completed with minimal discomfort. Adequate time for integration is necessary before placing the final dental implant crown, and takes about three to four months.
Each dental implant crown requires custom design to function properly with the bite and to match the natural colouring of surrounding teeth.
Single dental implants require similar care to natural teeth: brushing, flossing and regular check-ups and cleans will add to the life of the dental implant. Avoiding periodontal disease is essential, as gum disease leads to bone loss and destroys the foundation of the dental implant.
Replace One Missing Tooth or Many at Once
Dental implants replace a single missing tooth or can replace multiple missing teeth with single dental implants or implant-retained dentistry.
Three or more missing teeth in a row can be replaced using two or more dental implants to support a bridge. Dental bridges are made of tooth-coloured ceramic and will blend with your smile. They are fixed, so they cannot be removed, and offer an alternative to a partial denture.
Implant-retained dentures add stability to removable dentures via four to six dental implants placed on the upper or lower arch. Implant dentures lock into place, eliminating the shifting and falling that is common with traditional dentures. Implant dentures improve dietary options and add confidence in social situations.
Welcome to Avid Dental
If you are considering the best way to replace missing teeth or would like additional information about dental implants in Korumburra, Inverloch or the surrounding communities, we invite you to call the surgery to arrange a dental appointment with Dr Sean How or Dr Shal Main Chan, and we will be happy to discuss all of your options to give you a smile you love.