Whether you suffered a sports injury or other trauma, have bone loss or periodontal disease, damaged or missing teeth have a major impact on everything from your smile and self-esteem, to how and what you eat.
And so do your options for replacing them.
The problem with dentures and bridges
While popular options for replacing missing teeth, the problem with dentures and non-permanent bridges boils down to this: They are not permanent solutions.
Dentures are notoriously uncomfortable for all-day wear, and their reduced bite-strength means that despite replacing the missing teeth, patients still often struggle to eat their favourite foods, and worry about their denture becoming loose while they’re speaking or enjoying a meal.
Meanwhile, tooth-supported bridges require grinding down of healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth, compromising healthy teeth in the process. And while resin-supported bridges do not damage healthy teeth, they can’t be used just anywhere. Because of the thin bond used to attach resin-supported bridges, they should only be used on incisors (the teeth in the front of your mouth) so they are not subject to the torque and force of chewing.
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What all of these options have in common is this..
Neither dentures or tooth supported bridges replace the root structure of missing teeth.
This means that as you chew, your bone isn’t bearing the weight and torque of supporting a tooth. Over time the bone can start to lose its strength, firmness, and bone density. This can cause the surrounding teeth to become loose and even change the shape of your face.
This process is called bone resorption. It is the jawbone’s version of “use it or lose it.”
As the jaw bone loses density, it’s shape actually changes — and so does the shape of your face, as a result. This is the number one cause of ill-fitting dentures…
And once the bone starts to change shape, it typically continues to do so, requiring dentures that once fit to need ongoing adjustments.
Permanently replace damaged or missing teeth with dental implants
Whether you’re missing one tooth or need a full set, there are permanent, comfortable, and natural-looking dental implant options for you.
But first, let’s answer the question…
What are tooth implants?
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A natural tooth is comprised of two distinct sections: the crown, which is the visible tooth you see above the gum, and the root that is hidden under the gum and inside the jaw bone.
The root is responsible for holding the natural tooth in place.
When a person is missing a tooth, the dentist must decide how to re-create the crown portion, and choose the best method to hold it in place. Dental implants were created for this purpose.
Dental implants are metallic screw-shaped cylinders, which are placed securely into the jawbone to replace the root and secure a replacement tooth.
Because implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, they mimic the stimulation that the root of a natural tooth would provide to the bone, and keep the bone strong and healthy, just like a real tooth – and avoiding the bone loss that can accompany less permanent options.
What types of implants are available?
Individual Implants are used when a patient has a single tooth or multiple teeth that need to be replaced. These are usually one or two neighboring teeth.
All On 4 implants are particularly suited to patients who require half or full sets of teeth replaced. Because an entire set of teeth can be supported by just 4 implants, they are an excellent option for patients with periodontal or bone issues.
You can read more about All-On-4 here, and schedule a free Assessment.
Permanent implants let you stop worrying and start smiling again
Dental implants are a permanent replacement that feel, fit, and function like your natural teeth. While less permanent options can lead to bone loss, or interfere with everyday activities, implants allow you to eat, speak, and smile without hesitation.
Traditional tooth-supported bridges only last around seven years, often requiring replacement, maintenance, or repair.
Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime, as long as you follow your dentist’s instructions and care for your oral health as recommended for natural teeth.
Dental implants keep your jawbone healthy and strong, by mimicking the forces a natural tooth would provide. This prevents bone loss, which can change your appearance and the shape of your face, in addition to your bone health!
When a tooth has been missing for quite a while, it is not uncommon for the teeth on either side of the gap to become loose. Dental implants can be used to anchor these teeth in place, stabilizing them and prolonging their useful life.
Tooth-supported bridges require grinding away at healthy teeth either side of the missing tooth, so that the bridge can be bonded to them. This damages healthy teeth for the sake of replacing those that are missing. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, directly replacing the missing tooth without compromising the healthy ones.
When placed correctly, dental implants have a long track record of success that makes them “more predictable” than other tooth replacement options. They rarely fracture, come loose, or have to be replaced, unlike their less permanent counterparts.
With a proper treatment plan to start, and standard dental care to maintain your oral health, there is no reason, they shouldn’t be a lifelong solution .
Meet Dr. Theo Spyrakis, Sydney’s
most-trusted Implant Expert
For over 15 years Dr. Theo has focused his continuing education exclusively on Implant Dentistry, traveling internationally to study with the
most respected clinicians out there–including Professor Paolo Malo, the founder of the All-On-4 technique.
Every year, Dr. Theo places over 500 dental implants, making him Sydney’s most experienced (and trusted) Implant Expert.
Dr Spyrakis is committed to helping his patients regain their confidence and improve their quality of life. With Dr Spyrakis, your new smile will look and feel perfectly natural and your implants will feel just like your own teeth.
No more pain or discomfort when eating. And finally, you can eat your favourite foods again!
Schedule your FREE 30-minute Assessment with Bexley Dental.
Dr. Theo will examine your teeth, gums, bone, and smile using a panoramic 3D scan–a $140 value.
You’ll discuss your personal needs and treatment outcomes directly with Dr. Theo, so he can create a personalised treatment plan specifically for you.
Every Assessment includes:
30 minutes with Dr. Theo Spryakis
A FREE 3D Panoramic scan of your teeth and jaw – A $140 value
And a recommended treatment plan to restore your smile, and get you back in the picture.
To schedule your free Assessment, simply pick up the phone
and call us at (02) 9567 4151 today.
Single implants usually cost between $5,000 – 6,000 per implant.
While most health insurance providers will cover a significant portion of the cost, it’s no secret that they often leave a gap.
To ensure that all of our patients (insured or not) can afford the very best dental care, we’ve partnered with Mac Credit.
What we liked about Mac Credit:
- They offered flexible plans to meet our patient’s needs
- They specialise in financing medical procedures, and their rates reflect the fact that their customers are financing necessary procedures to improve their quality of life
- They have a proven track record, and the customer reviews to back it up
- And unlike some firms, they’re able and willing to finance your whole procedure, so if you are uninsured or your insurance is maxed out for the year, you still have options.
It would be hard to find a more experienced implant dentist that Dr. Theo. For the past 15 years, he has focused his continuing education solely on the field of implant dentistry, and puts that education to use every day, installing over 500 implants for patients every year.
That experience translates into:
- Less discomfort and quicker recoveries
- Minimal risk of implant failure
- Reduced complication risks
- Implants and materials that can last a lifetime
- And frankly, avoiding those issues typically means a smaller investment over the life of your implants (which should last for your lifetime).
An implant procedure can take up to 3-4 hours, depending on a patient’s specific treatment plan
No. Implants can be placed using either a local anaesthetic or “sleep dentistry.” Instead of local epinephrine-based anaesthetics, “Sleep dentistry” uses IV Sedation to manage the anxiety that so many patients have when visiting the dentist, which makes it a safer option than any general anaesthetic. Sleep dentistry does not require hospitalisation, so your procedure will be completed right here at Bexley. When you undergo sleep dentistry, your sedation is managed by a medical doctor who monitors your condition throughout the procedure to ensure your safety and comfort.
With proper care and oral hygiene routine, there is no reason that your dental implants can’t last a lifetime!
Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone, right here in the practice, using a local anaesthetic.
Dental implants can be made of various biomaterials, but titanium is most commonly used because it is the most compatible with human biology.
The replacement teeth (or crowns) can be made from resin or porcelain, which is the most durable and recommended material for dental implants.
We will examine your mouth, eliminate all risk factors and assess the correct course of treatment.