During your visit, our qualified, experienced, and caring practitioners will devote their time to understanding your concerns and expectations, educate you about your dental health, and provide you with all your options.
We provide dental implant services and our dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve a healthier smile for life
While there’s a lot to think about and consider, the long-term benefits of dental implants are significant.
We’ve broken down everything you need to know about Dental Implants.
We’ve identified some of the top reasons why people consider Dental Implants.
- Did you lose one or two, or a number of natural teeth?
- Are you feeling uncomfortable, unhappy or self-conscious about your smile?
- Are you finding you can’t eat what you want anymore?
- Are you suffering from advanced gum disease that is negatively affecting your oral health?
- Does your bite not line up?
- Do you find wearing dentures uncomfortable?
- Is your speech being affected?
If you are looking to replace missing or damaged teeth, dental implants are an excellent option.
Dental implants are used for replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth. Their durability is strong; dental implants are strong, long-lasting and provide a more natural look.
The implants use a titanium piece; this replaces the root which is placed in the patient’s jawbone. Over time, the dental implants eventually bond with your jawbone to allow the dental practitioner to place a crown on your implant.
An artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the metal to fill in the gap left by the missing tooth. If you’re sitting there wondering, do the dental implants look different to normal teeth? The answer is no. In fact, the crown is specially made to look like your other teeth in size, shape, and color. This provides a more natural-looking tooth and functions the same way as a real tooth would.
You brush dental implants as you would your natural teeth, chew food with them. To the untrained eye, they appear to be the teeth you were born with.
That’s why dental implants are the best option in dentistry outside of your natural teeth. Implants also last longer than bridges or dentures, prevent bone loss, and have no age restriction on who is eligible for treatment.
If cared for correctly, your dental implant should last a lifetime. The artificial replacement tooth attached, however, be it a dental crown, bridge or denture, does have a lifespan, which is generally between 5-15 years depending on how well it is cared for.
With proper dental hygiene and regular dental check-ups, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The best candidates have healthy gum tissue free of periodontal disease. There are some medical conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis, or lifestyle choices such as smoking, that may need to be addressed before implant treatment.
You should discuss your options for tooth replacement with your dentist. Each case is different and you should advise your dentist about your medical history during your consultation.
Dental implants are suitable for people with good healthy gums and a decent bone structure in your jawline. If the bone of the jawline is too thin or soft, it would not allow enough jaw bone to secure a foundation. This would then require a bone graft.
Most adults can have dental implants providing their jaw has finished growing, and they are in good health to undergo a surgical procedure.
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, however. If you have been missing your teeth for many years and the bone has resorbed, you may require bone grafting or augmentation before the dental implant procedure.
For the dental restoration to be successful, the dental implant must be implanted on strong and stable bone support.
If there is not enough bone on the jaw, an additional bone grafting procedure is necessary to add more to the existing jawbone.
There are many reasons why bone loss at the jaw occurs including;
- If you have a significant amount of missing teeth, the jaw bone stops receiving nutrients that cause it to recede.
- Periodontitis is a gum disease caused by a bacterial infection that may reach the jaw bone.
Only when your jaw bone condition has been established will teeth restoration then be possible.
There are several stages during a dental implant procedure. Unlike dentures, which are false teeth that you can easily remove, dental implants are placed in your jawbone in a series of minor operations.
Firstly, the damaged tooth will be removed. Then the jaw bone will be prepared for the treatment possibly involving bone grafting. Once the jawbone has healed, you’ll need scans and x-rays to give the dentist a very clear picture of where to place the implant.
The dental practitioner will insert a titanium post in the position where the missing tooth was removed. You wait for a few months while the bone grows around the dental implant.
After that, there is an extension placed on the titanium post. Once the area around the titanium post has healed, the dentist will make the molds of your teeth and jawbone.
Finally, a crown will be made to best suit your natural teeth, considering factors including size, shape, and color. Once completed, the crown is attached to the implant post and you can enjoy your beautiful new smile!
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth or to support partial or full dentures.
- All on Four Implants are full mouth dental implants to replace all teeth in one jaw.
- Implant-supported dentures basically look like regular dentures. However, they are attached to the implants driven to the jawbone.
- Single-tooth implants are for patients that are missing just one or two teeth.
- Same-day dental implants are when you get the false teeth attached at the same time or appointment date, the candidate must have enough bone to support the placement of the new teeth.
It is vital that the construction of implants use only the proper material. Dental implants are made of hypoallergenic and nontoxic titanium or titanium alloy.
The bone eventually grows around it and bonds over the implants. High-quality implants must resist corrosion to be suitable for use within the mouth for many years.
Dental implants have proven to be a safe and effective solution for replacing teeth for over 30 years. Made from materials that work well with the human body, dental implants serve as a strong and safe foundation for replacement teeth.
This really depends.
The recovery time for dental implants will change depending on your medical and dental history, the condition of your jaw bone before surgery, how many teeth were replaced, and if you need bone or gum grafting.
There may be a few symptoms such as swelling of your gums and around the facial area, slight pain on the implant site, minor bleeding around the implant area.
That said, there’s no eating tough foods or foods that require heavy chewing. You may be required to eat soft food while the dental implant area heals.
No special care is required for a dental implant. You will likely be advised to keep your natural and artificial teeth clean by brushing and flossing and have regular dental check-ups.
Depending on your circumstances, the downtime could be a couple of days or a couple of weeks. On average, it takes just a couple of days to feel back to normal. The bone and surrounding structures will take between three to six months to fully heal. During this time the jawbone will form around the implant increasing the implants sturdiness.
Different dental implants may require different care. Your dentist will ensure you are equipped with the correct products, such as special brushes, to care for your implants.
Keeping your oral hygiene in tip-top shape is super important for preventing infection around your dental implant. With thorough cleaning and frequent visits to your dentist for professional cleaning and maintenance, your dental implants will be well looked after, allowing you to enjoy them for many years to come.
You care for dental implants the same as you would your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, mouthwash and regular dental check-ups are all a part of proper dental implant care.
There’s no set answer to this question; because the answer is never the same, especially with each individual’s needs and requirements being different.
The cost of dental implants will vary depending on several factors, including how many teeth need to be replaced and whether you require a bone graft.
Do you need a bone graft? Do you have existing teeth that need to be removed? Did you want to have local or general anaesthetic? These decisions (in regards to your procedures) can affect the overall price of your dental implants.
Typically in Australia, the price for a straightforward dental implant can range between $3,000 – $6,500 per tooth. If you require a bone graft or sinus lift, a single dental implant can cost up to $11,500.
When considering dental implants, Nunyara Dental recommends that you factor in all of the potential costs that may be involved.
Every patient has different requirements, so dental implant costs do differ accordingly. However, we’ve put together the following information as an approximate guide on the cost of dental implants.
Quoting on a dental implant treatment plan should be done at a dental implant appointment only, to allow for an accurate clinical assessment specific to you.
With a treatment plan including a price quote for your dental implant procedure, you will be able to compare affordable dental implants to more expensive options.
The dental implant itself is made up of three parts; the implanted fixture, the abutment and the crown. These can often be quoted in two stages, so make sure you are accounting for both.
If you have major dental cover with a health insurance fund, you may get a reasonable amount of money back for your dental implant procedure; however, it won’t cover everything.
Health insurance extras in Australia typically do not cover implants. To have implants covered, you will need to have a high level of extras cover. Most extras cover policies include general dental treatments like check-ups or small fillings, but do not include major dental procedures, like root canal treatments or dental implants.
Finally, after your dental implant has been placed, there is a level of post-treatment care and maintenance that will occur. The dental implant surgery is just the first step in a long relationship with your dentist.
This question will be best answered after your initial consultation with your dentist.
During the initial consultation, you will receive x-rays on the specific area of your mouth that will receive the implant and your dentist will also go over your medical history with you. If all looks well, your dentist will discuss costs and schedule a surgery date with you.
The most common alternatives for dental implants include:
- Removable partial or complete dentures
- Tooth-supported fixed bridge
- Resin bonded bridge
Dentures are still popular if you have several teeth missing and they are an excellent alternative for patients who are not eligible for implants. If you have a medical condition (like diabetes) that significantly increases the chance that your implant will not osseo-integrate, or can’t quit smoking, dentures may be the better option for you.
A fixed dental bridge is attached to the real healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth. A resin-bonded bridge relies on composite resin cement for retention to the teeth on either side. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or metal, or a mixture of the two. They are fixed in place and, for some people, are an alternative to dentures.
While you’ll likely spend less on dental implants when overseas, the quality you’ll receive is unlikely to match that of an Australian dental implant.
Going overseas for dental implants tends to be cheaper, but unfortunately, these reduced costs also tend to come with lower quality materials and questionable infection control, which increases your risks.
Placing dental implants is only possible through surgical means and is considered an invasive procedure.
As Australians, we have things quite good. In fact, we are very lucky. Our standards for healthcare are among the highest across the globe. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) works to help protect the public by regulating Australia’s registered health practitioners, including dentists.