Dental implants are a permanent, durable, and completely natural-looking solution to missing teeth. When created well, dental implants cannot be distinguished from natural teeth at all. Find out all about dental implants below, from what they are, to who they are suitable for, and what the next step is for you.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an artificial root which creates support for a crown to sit on. This can help recreate the look, feel, and use of a natural tooth which is missing or has been extracted. The implant does not interact with the teeth or gums surrounding it and can be used to recreate one tooth, multiple teeth, or a full set of teeth.

Dentist holding fake teeth to explain dental implants

Dental implants are very strong and allow people to eat, chew and use their teeth just as they normally would if the tooth or teeth were naturally grown.

The dental implant is usually made from titanium and has the appearance of a screw. This implant is surgically positioned into the jaw bone and then a crown is attached to the implant inside the mouth to create the tooth.

Who can get dental implants?

Dental implants ultimately provide a solution to those who have had a tooth removed and need to create support for a crown to fit over.

Dental implants are a great solution for those who have tried dentures but don’t find them suitable or they don’t fit properly. They are also perfect for sports people, for those who live a very active lifestyle, or those who don’t want the hassle of removing and inserting dentures to replace missing teeth.

It is important for people who are seeking dental implants to ensure they have excellent gum health and general health. Risks factors such smoking, diabetes, poor oral hygiene and gum disease can affect the life of dental implants.

The advantages of dental implants over dentures

  • Dental implants don’t need to be removed, replaced or refitted.
  • Dental implants are as strong and durable as your natural teeth would be.
  • Dental implants stand alone and require no other supportive structures in the mouth such as a retainer or wires.
  • Dental implants look and feel completely natural.
  • They are a long-term solution that are designed to last permanently.
  • You’ll be able to eat, speak and maintain oral hygiene just like the tooth or teeth are your very own.

The best option for you

Dentist preparing x-ray

The process of getting dental implants involves having some x-rays and scans taken of your mouth and jaw and determining if you have enough bone for the implant to hold. Some patients may need a bone graft. For patients with active gum disease, it is important to see an oral health therapist to ensure gum health is maintained prior to dental implant placement.

Next, the implant will be surgically inserted into the jaw bone where the tooth used to grow. Then over a period of 2-6 months the implant will be left so as your natural bone can grow around it. You may wear a temporary crown during this time. After the bone has grown sufficiently, a permanent crown is attached.

It’s best to consult with your dentist to ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants and gain more information about your unique case. Contact Coburg Hill Oral Care can help with dental implants, contact us on (03) 9041 5301 to chat to our dentists today.