Dental Implant Tooth Replacement
If you’re currently missing a tooth or several teeth, dental implants are an optional method to replacing teeth.
The process of dental implants are performed by surgically inserting the post, which are usually made out of titanium, into the patients jawbone. Implanting the post, solidifies the implant into place acting as a root similar to that of natural teeth.
Depending on the patients requirements there are two types of implants; Endosteal and Subperiosteal.
- Endosteal, is the most commonly used dental implant type for patients. This is the process whereby an Australian Qualified and Registered dental surgeon inserts the post, otherwise known as an implant, into the jawbone of the patient. Shaped like screws and made from Titanium metal they are permanently fixed onto the patient to act like the root of a tooth.
- Subperiosteal, is ideal for patients that don’t have much height to their jawbone to accommodate the implant. Therefore the implant that consists of a framework made of metal, is positioned underneath the gum tissue and attaches to the jawbone. After the healing process has completed, the implant then becomes secure.
After an implant is ideally positioned, secured, a component known as an abutment is then used as the inner housing to connect the post to an artificial tooth crown. Each porcelain crown is digitally designed and shaded (coloured) to appear similar to a patients neighbouring teeth. This allows the dental implant to appear natural. Our teeth crowns and bridges are all designed and made in Australia.
Dental implants provide a significant benefit since they helped to simulate bone structure and growth. They also look and act like natural teeth. Due to being surgically grafted to the gum, dental implants have a tendency to last longer than removable dentures as they require less maintenance and relining. Therefore, the upfront cost may be more but the long term on going costs could equate to being financially better for some patients. As dental implants stimulate the socket of the bone, this helps to prevent gradual bone weakening in areas of missing teeth.