ARE YOU MISSING TEETH & LETTING IT IMPACT YOUR CONFIDENCE AND ABILITY TO EAT?
STAR dentistry Sydney has the answer!
What is a dental implant?
Are you missing a single tooth or multiple teeth and don't like the thought of a denture that you have to remove at night time? Are you struggling to chew food successfully due to losing teeth in the past?
Dental implants might be the solution you are looking for and are now more affordable, and less invasive than ever at STAR dentistry Sydney
Dental implants can be used to successfully replace single or multiple teeth, and allow patients to regain full functionality of speech, chewing and also appearance.
Call 02 9518 9803 or click the button below to book a free consultation with our experienced surgical team.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium screw placed in the jaw bone. Over time, the jaw bone heals in to the dental implant creating a strong platform on which a tooth can be attached. Most commonly, dental implants are a 2 stage procedure, the first stage being the surgery to place the titanium "screw" and the second stage to create a tooth on top.
"Immediate" dental implants are possible, but is dependent on the patients suitability.
Dental Implants are a fantastic shift in the field of dentistry, but they require careful planning and preparation. They quality, thickness and depth of the bone must be reviewed after taking a Cone Beam CT (3d) X-ray, after which a surgical plan can be made.
how much do dental implants cost?
Start to finish, dental implants across Sydney range between $4000-$8000, with full arch solutions (all on 4) $25-$50 000.
Each case is different though, so book a free consultation with our experienced dental implant suregons below for your personalised quotation
AM I suitable for a dental implant?
The quality, thickness and depth of the bone must be reviewed after taking a Cone Beam CT (3d) X-ray, after which a surgical plan can be made.
If there is sufficient bone and high enough quality, then the titanium artificial tooth root (dental implant) can be submerged into the jawbone straight away. The dental implant is covered and left for 3 months on average. In this time the surrounding bone grows around the dental implant, making it one with the bone, in a process called 'osseointegration'. This makes the dental implant extremely strong, and unnoticeable to the patient.
Often, if a tooth has been missing for a period of time, there is not enough bone to place a dental implant into straight way. This is common in the upper jaw at the back due to your sinus. At this point a different surgery is required, dental bone grafting or sinus lifting. Usually sterile bone cells from another source, is mixed with your own bone, creating a matrix that your body will turn into fresh new strong bone. This will allow implant placement after a period of healing. STAR dentistry will discuss these options with you after your initial consultation and analysis of the x-rays.
do dental implants hurt?
You will not feel a thing during the procedure, anaesthetics are so predictable these days. Post op discomfort is a minor side effect that can be managed with painkillers , but recent innovations in the industry have led to minimally invasive dental implant placement. No incision, "keyhole" techniques can be used with little to no post operative discomfort.
If you are nervous, we offer twilight dentistry, where an anaesthetist can come in and put you to sleep whilst the procedure is being undertaken.
Computer Guided CAD/CAM surgery is also a fantastic innovation used here at STAR dentistry to ensure perrfectly accurate dental implant placement. Please see the video below.
what happens after the surgery?
After the 3-6 month healing period, the dental implant can then be used to support a crown (tooth) on top. Either single, multiple or a full arch of teeth. These can be used just like natural teeth, allowing full functionality
A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth your dentist can provide, and the success rate is over 95%!
STAR dentistry are happy to offer a free consult with our experienced dental implant surgeons to discuss if this treatment if right for you!
Can Dental Implants Fail?
Unfortunately yes, as with all dental procedures, dental implants can fail but it is a very low percentage that do, and the success rates of dental implants is far higher than any other procedure in dentistry.
What Are the Overall Reasons for Dental Implant Failure?
It is important to understand that sometimes, there are dental implants that won’t integrate with your jaw in spite of everything being done correctly.
Though they come with many benefits, sometimes dental implants fail. It is important to note that dental implant failure is not due to the body rejecting it. They do not create antibody-antigen type responses like organ transplants.
Dental Implant failure can be divided into two categories. Early failure describes the situation when a dental implant is placed but fails to integrate (become solidly embedded into the bone). Late or long-term dental implant failure describes the situation where a dental implant has integrated solidly, but after many months or years, there is bone loss around the dental implant.
The causes of both of these failures are very different. In both cases, if we follow certain protocols in diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical protocol, and prosthetics the risk of these failures is still extremely low.
how long do dental implants last?
Successful dental implant placment, followed by active maintenance with your dentist/hygienist, can lead to implants lasting a lifetime.
Ten-year survival rates of integrated dental implants are over 95%!
Some factors that affect Dental implant success are as follows
- Bone Volume and Gum Volume
- Oral Hygiene
- Clenching and Grinding
- Radiation Therapy
- Systemic Diseases/Poor Health
- Bacterial Infections
For more information, call 02 9518 9803 or click the button below to book a free consultation with our experienced surgeons at STAR dentistry Sydney today!