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Dental Implants

Dental implants is the process of replacing missing teeth (or tooth) that cannot be saved by conventional means and needs to be removed.

Over time, the screw fuses with the underlying bone and behaves like the root of a natural tooth. A single dental implant can be used to support a porcelain crown, or multiple dental implants can support a bridge or a denture.

A dental implant is the best solution for replacing a missing tooth (or a series of teeth). This is because dental implants emulate natural form and function such that treatment cannot be detected.  Dental implants do not need to be removed for cleaning and maintenance, making it a convenient tooth replacement solution.

Conventional Implants

Conventional implants are an effective long-term solution for replacement of missing teeth. They consist of the three components, the implant, which is placed into the jawbone, an abutment (a metal piece that is screwed into the implant), and then a crown. Conventional implants have a high success rate.

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Immediate Implants

The procedure of immediate teeth involves placing the implant and replacement tooth at the same time, instead of waiting for three to six months between the first and second stage, as you would with conventional implants. Immediate implants are an instant process that allows you to have your new tooth in around an hour.

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Dentures

A denture is a removable prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth and associated gum loss.  It is a plate (or framework) that supports one or more artificial teeth.

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Implant Retained Dentures

An alternative to a removable denture, implant retained dentures are the gold standard treatment designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth.

Implant retained dentures are aesthetically superior, significantly more comfortable and more convenient because they don’t need to be removed for cleaning or maintenance.

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Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a treatment designed to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) and as such is similar to a denture or an implant.

Bridges can be secured to an implant, or to adjacent teeth (in which case they provide additional strength in much the same way as a crown).  The fact that they are fixed, and therefore do not need to be removed for cleaning and maintenance, makes dental bridges a very convenient solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Implants are most suitable when there is adequate bone density in the underlying jaw to support them securely; otherwise, bone grafting surgery may be required to correct any deficiency.

Because dental implants offer control over length, width, alignment and shade of the replacement teeth, this option is generally recommended when aesthetics are a priority.

Dental implants may be unsuitable for patients with diabetes, or where the implant would likely contact the sinuses, or (as mentioned) in cases of inadequate bone density (osteopenia or osteoporosis). An oral & maxillofacial surgeon can generally assess all of these risks and advise on suitability.

Because of the surgical and technical complexity involved, dental implants are the most expensive tooth replacement option, so they may be unsuitable for patients who are price sensitive. For the same reason, we recommend seeking treatment only by a registered oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

A dental implant is the best solution for replacing a missing tooth (or a series of teeth). This is because dental implants emulate natural form and function such that treatment cannot be detected.  Dental implants do not need to be removed for cleaning and maintenance, making it a convenient tooth replacement solution.

An implant is fixed directly into the body and as such is independent of the rest of the teeth, which means that if something goes wrong only the implant itself will be affected, in which case your practitioner will assess the area and attempt to resolve the issue, without any of your other teeth being affected.

Treatment with a single dental implant involves:

  1. A thorough investigation of your medical and dental health, assessment of bone density and the sinuses.
  2. Preparation of the area where the tooth is missing, followed by treatment of the surrounding gums to check that they are healthy.
  3. Placement of the titanium screw, over which the gum is generally allowed to heal for approximately two to three months.
  4. Surgical exposure of the implant and placement of a healing cap.
  5. The taking of impressions. At Core Dental we send these to a quality Melbourne laboratory to act as the blueprint for your dental crown, which is created by hand.
  6. Approximately two weeks later, removal of the healing cap and replacement with your new dental crown.

Over time, your dental implant will fuse with the surrounding bone, acting much like the root of a natural tooth.

Dental implants are made of titanium, as it is a biocompatible material, which is accepted by the body. It serves as a strong foundation for replacement teeth, with a high success rate and long lifespan.

Zirconia provides an alternative to titanium implants. A type of dental ceramic they have not been around for as long as titanium implants, but so far have proven to be quite durable.

The crowns attached to the implants are usually made of all ceramic or high-grade porcelain fused to precious metals such as gold.

The costs involved with dental implants, include extraction, replacement denture or bridge while the implant is being prepared and then the cost of the implant. The overall cost of the treatment can vary depending on the type of implant chosen as well as the type of clinician – prosthodontist or oral & maxillofacial surgeon – who performs your implant procedure.

Smile Solutions offers interest free dental payment plans to patients for all general, cosmetic and specialist treatment plans up to $9000 in value.

At Core Dental your initial consultation as well as any aftercare and maintenance will take place with a general dentist, but a specialist will take care of all surgical components of your dental implant treatment.

Our specialist periodontists (specialists in gums and dental bone support)