If you’re reading this page, you’re searching for a natural aesthetic replacement to one or multiple teeth whilst maintaining a natural look to your smile.
The problem is, there are many dentistry treatments out there and it can be difficult to understand which is the most natural-looking.
You need one or multiple dental implants!
Dental implants have emerged as a new phenomenon to replace missing teeth with a natural aesthetic replacement that fits right in with your natural smile.
A titanium (or metal) screw is infused into the jawbone where the implant acts as the anchor for a new tooth or a set of teeth, depending on the number of replacements required.
Implants are a permanent fixture to your smile that replaces natural teeth that can no longer be used. They’re stand-alone, durable and can last a lifetime.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? However, there are many factors that you need to think about to ensure implants are the right choice for your oral health needs.
Those factors will be answered in detail right here. This guide will answer all-things dental implants from procedures, benefits, costings and answering your frequently asked questions.
Dental Implants are considered the best long-term natural replacement for missing teeth. Throughout the 1900s, various studies and tests were conducted which resulted in the use of a surgical grade titanium screw inserted into the jaw as a replacement root. The connection of the crown (the replacement tooth) is fitted on top of the implant connected by an attachment called the abutment. It is a safe treatment that is now considered a direct, natural replacement to restore your natural smile.
Once the screw is placed, the implant infuses into the bone, a process known as osseointegration. It takes time to settle into the mouth but settles as stand-alone to support a single tooth.
Dental implants are a perfect choice for those who have single or multiple teeth that are decayed or if you suffer from periodontal disease. With proper adequate care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Besides the naturally aesthetically pleasing look that dental implants return to your smile, you shouldn’t overlook the exceptional oral health benefits that a dental implant provides.
Not all dental treatments are one-fit-for-all, and that includes dental implants. Like all dental treatments, oral health has to be healthy enough for an implant.
The dentist will be best placed to understand the state of your oral health by performing an oral examination (with x-rays if necessary) as part of your regular dental check-up appointments.
Each patient is an individual case. To be suitable for a dental implant, you must have the following:
You’re not restricted to a titanium implant. There are usually three types of dental implants available. Again, these are not a fit-for-all and each of them usually depend on the amount of jawbone the patient has.
Here are the three types of dental implants:
Quite naturally, positive oral health is naturally required for successful implant surgery.
The ideal and most recommended choice for most patients is Endosteal implants as long as your bone density is sufficient enough. Also, endosteal implants allow the dentist to make small alterations to the abutment angle to make sure the bite alignment and smile are both straight and natural.
Subperiosteal or Zygomatic Implants are only suitable if the dentist believes your oral health isn’t suitable for Endosteal implants. They are also more affordable. Therefore, if you lack density in the upper jaw and prefer not to undertake bone grafting treatment to improve the amount of bone you have, both are suitable. Some choose Zygomatic implants due to the shortened length of treatment it requires.
Having the traditional Endosteal implant verifies that your oral health is positive, and that is a bonus!
You’re now aware of the various dental implant treatments available to resurrect your smile. However, there are other points you need to keep in mind to make sure you make an informed choice that meets your oral health needs.
In contrast to other forms of treatment such as dentures or bridges, implants last significantly longer. The material used are strong and are not corrosive. However, for implants to last this long, you must look after it.
Here are some factors:
A properly affixed implant can last for at least 10 years minimum. These may sit in longer. However, functionally implants may degrade after this period.
Several factors dictate the cost of dental implants. Keep then the following factors in mind:
Implant treatment is expensive, and you want to ensure you get the best value out of it. It is also time-consuming so be prepared for implant treatment to occur over a lengthy period. Implants are also not covered with dental insurance in Australia.
Below is an average cost breakdown of a single implant. Note, this can vary and is only an average estimate.
TYPE OF IMPLANT
Endosteal Implants (Single fitting)
Subperiosteal Implants (Single fitting)
Zygomatic Implants (Single fitting)
Below is an average cost breakdown for all implant procedures:
TYPE OF PROCEDURE
Single Implant Fitting
$5,000 – $6000
Complicated Single Fitting (oral health dependent)
$6000 – $6,500
‘All-on-4’ dental implant procedure
$20,000 – $30,000
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