DENTAL IMPLANTS

the Ideal Solution for Missing Teeth...

Replacing missing teeth has always been a difficult problem. Dental Implants are the closest possible replacement to natural teeth that needs replacement, and are used for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Teeth supported by dental implants look and feel natural, helping you to recapture your smile. Dental Implants can provide a stable foundation for eating and smiling with confidence. They are also used to anchor loose dentures, and are a restorative option for patients who wish to replace one or more missing teeth.

You can eat virtually anything with an implant and your smile and facial contours are perfectly preserved.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a titanium screw structure placed under the gum-line to replace a missing tooth root. They are inserted in the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes and are surgically placed into the jawbone. The after your implant has fused with your jawbone (usually taking around 3-6 months) it is uncovered and an abutment (small posts) is attached to the dental implant which protrudes through the gum. These posts provide stable anchors for the artificial replacement teeth. The posts are invisible once the replacement teeth are in place.

Dental implants

Implants help preserve facial structure preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing. A single implant can be used to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth or to support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth.

A dental implant is also much easier to clean than a bridge and cannot be affected by cavities. The teeth that support a bridge are prone to cavities and may fail in just a few years. Implants are typically placed in a single sitting and most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. Implants are also ideal for use with existing dentures to increase stability and reduce gum tissue irritation.

Dental implants are stronger and more durable than other restoration techniques (bridges and dentures) and offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Today's dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. In fact there is a structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone.

There are many advantages to dental implants

These include:

  • Improved appearance – dental implants look and feel like your own teeth and because they are designed to fuse with bone, they are aesthetically and functionally permanent. 
  • Improved speech – poor-fitting dentures can slip in the mouth. This can cause you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip. 
  • Improved comfort – implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures because they become part of you. 
  • Easier eating – sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth and allow you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain. 
  • Improved self-esteem – dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. 
  • Improved oral health – dental implants don't affect your other teeth as does a tooth-supported bridge. Nearby teeth need not be altered to support the implant so more of your own teeth are left intact and this improves your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth which improves oral hygiene. 
  • Durability – implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Convenience – dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of dentures and the need for messy adhesives to keep them secure.

Better than bridges

In the past, traditional tooth supported bridges have been a primary method for replacing several missing teeth. But using a bridge has a number of disadvantages:

  • The bridge must be supported by adjacent healthy teeth which must be ground down and capped. 
  • The capped teeth are used to support the bridge across the space where the teeth are missing and can be weakened in the process. 
  • Bridges frequently fail over time, creating more dental problems (most bridges last from 8-10 years before needing replacement). 
  • A bridge does not address the problem of bone loss. The bone in the area where the teeth are missing will continue to deteriorate and eventually cause other problems. 
  • Some spans of missing teeth are too large to be treated with a bridge.

Dental implants suffer from none of these problems. They are placed directly into the bone where the teeth are missing and do not involve the adjacent healthy teeth. Dental implants prevent or reduce further bone loss and can last a lifetime. 

Better than partial denture

Another traditional approach to treating multiple missing teeth has been to use partial dentures. These are appliances made of plastic and metal that clip to adjacent healthy teeth in order to fill the gaps created by missing teeth.

Partial dentures are more cosmetic than functional. And even with modern technology and materials they still often lead to embarrassment. People who wear partial dentures say they are often reluctant to smile, laugh or even speak in public because they are afraid their denture may slip or that the wires may show.

Partial dentures can also greatly impact your ability to eat what you like, especially in public. And most people do not like the feeling of metal and plastic in their mouths.

Just like bridges, dentures do nothing to prevent loss of bone in the jaw.

Dental implants – just better technology Most people tolerate dentures because they are unaware of viable options. Dental implants are a better solution. They are fixed in place, do not move and they are the closest thing possible to natural teeth.

People with dental implants say they look better, feel better and that they have more confidence. And they can eat what they want.

It's not uncommon to hear people say I feel I got my life back!

Replacing Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants

At A1 Dental Care Belconnen we provide an ideal solution for those who have lost multiple teeth due to trauma or because of periodontal disease or decay.

After a long life, wear and tear is to be expected. This can be hastened by an unhealthy lifestyle and a diet that includes too much fast food. But too often tooth degradation is more excessive than age would indicate.

Tooth loss does not happen overnight, it's often the result of long-term neglect.

When even good dental hygiene isn't enough…

People with good dental hygiene can still suffer dental problems, as they grow older. Some modern drugs lead to a dry mouth or other symptoms that impact our ability to fight cavities. Even with good dental care many older people face the loss of multiple teeth as they age. And missing teeth not only affects how you look and feel, but can affect your general health.

Replacing these teeth is critically important and dental implants are the preferred solution.

Implants help preserve facial structure preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing. A single implant can be used to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth or to support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth.

In the past, dental implants required several different dentists or specialists and took many months to complete. This approach is still common, but not at A1 Dental Care Belconnen.

With our on-site OPG scanner (for treatment planning) and the latest in Immediate Function clinical techniques and protocols, the procedure can be completed in one day!

Anti Ageing…

The aging population is not only growing older but also retaining their teeth. However experiencing a considerable amount of wear and tear as well as destruction caused by our unhealthy fast food diets. Quite often the amount of wear our teeth experience is more excessive than age would indicate, giving teeth the impression they are older than you are! Here at A1 Belconnen Dental care, we are here to prevent unnecessary aging and makeover your overall smile.

Tooth loss is usually caused by the condition of the gums, known as periodontal disease, which is the loss of connective tissue and bone that support the teeth. It starts before you can see it, usually from improper care.

Tooth loss is not an issue of age. If we've noticed our parents losing their teeth, it's most likely because of neglect, not because they're getting older. It is generally accepted by the medical community that tooth loss can be prevented through education, early diagnosis and regular dental care. Tooth loss does not happen overnight… it's neglect for a long period of time.

Teeth can be replaced by Dental Implants and/or the use of bridges and dentures. Dentures no longer need to float around with the mouth and can be anchored by implants. The options we have to replace teeth are now extensive! You are never too old to be happy so contact us today and let us understand your concerns and provide solutions to improve your function and social interaction

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