What is it?
Dental implants are like artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in the jawbone, they bond with the natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
When to use it?
Dental implants are recommended for patients missing one or more teeth. They are by far the best solution to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or even a full set without affecting the surrounding teeth.
Often the result is not only an enhanced smile but also a more youthful appearance, as missing teeth can cause the face to collapse.
Waverley Gardens Dental Clinic in Mulgrave can fit dental implants for patients that have lost their teeth along with their confidence to smile, eat and talk.
A single tooth implant takes the place of your tooth root and acts like a natural tooth. A single implant can also be easier to keep clean than a bridge and it is less likely that your gums will recede with an implant.
If you are missing multiple teeth on one side of your mouth, multiple dental implants can be placed in a row. These implants can support multiple individual crowns, either tied together to support a bridge or used to support dentures.
Once the implants are in place, they can be used in many ways. If the type of restoration changes down the road, the existing implants can be used as support for the new restoration. Because an implant fuses with the bone, the bone will stay intact and not deteriorate as it would under bridgework or dentures.
If your teeth have been missing for a long period, some additional procedures may be necessary before implants are placed, such as bone grafting, because of damage and deterioration that naturally occurs when the support of the teeth has been removed.
Talk to our dentists to get a treatment plan specifically made to fit your needs. If you are in good general and oral health, with adequate bone support, tooth implants could be the right option for you.(03) 9574 0866