When a tooth decides to go missing, there are several replacement options available: dentures,
bridges, do nothing, or you can get dental implants.
Unlike dentures or bridges, the natural look and feel of an implant means there’s little need to change
your eating or oral hygiene habits. So once fitted you can laugh, smile, leisurely lunch, and chew your
friend’s ear off with your latest news, as normal.
What are dental implants and
how do they work?
John, a dentist at Keppel Dental, says:
“Tooth implants can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. The procedure involves placing a titanium, screw-like fitting into the jawbone. This is the ‘implant’ and does the same job as a natural tooth’s root: it anchors the new tooth so it stays put.
Implants come in different sizes. Which one is used will depend on the tooth we’re
replacing and the size of your mouth, jaw and the gap we’re filling.
Once the implant is in, we then work on the aesthetic aspect of the tooth
replacement. This means placing a natural-looking ceramic crown on top of
the implant so it looks and feels like all your other teeth.”
Are dental implants painful?
During the procedure, you’ll feel very little. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area, so you’ll feel some pressure and movement at most but there shouldn’t be any pain. Once the treatment is complete and the anesthetic wears off you can expect some tenderness. Before you leave the practice your dentist will talk you through pain relief options and methods to help with the healing process.
How long do they last?
Dental implants last longer than bridges or dentures, because they are fixed to
your jaw. Just like a natural tooth. They are more secure — so are less likely
to break or come loose — and like with all teeth, as long as you practise good
oral hygiene and have them checked regularly they will last for years.
Dental implants work really
well if you:
- Are free from gum disease
- Have a healthy, strong jaw
- Don’t have any tooth decay
- Are in overall good physical health.
How much does a dental
Receiving an implant isn’t always a quick or easy task. And
when done to a high standard it lets you get on with everyday life as if you still
had a natural tooth. So this procedure means investing in your oral health.
Before deciding whether this dental procedure is right for you it’s important to get
hold of all the facts — including cost and payment options. The best way to get a
price that’s relevant to your situation is to start the conversation by contacting
your dentist to begin working out your personal treatment plan.
When you’re ready to know more or book-in
for dental implants
The first step is to call our helpful reception staff. They will schedule in a time for
you to speak with one of our dentists about your requirements.