Implants are often used to replace missing teeth, gaps, and poorly fitting dentures.
The bone grows and bonds to the implant, making the implant very strong and long lasting.Implants are proving to be a very effective way of replacing teeth as they are free standing and do not require other teeth to support them, which is the case in dental bridges. A customised, natural looking crown can then be constructed and attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth making it look, feel and chew just like a real tooth. Replacing a missing tooth is very important in order to maintain the structure of your jaw, as adjacent teeth can shift into the space unless an implant is placed. When implants were originally invented, four to six months of healing was required for the implant to fuse to bone, before a porcelain and metal crown could be attached to it. With today's newest technologies, some situations can have a crown placed immediately on the same day. Our dentists at our dental implants clinic will work with your specific situation and provide options and education in order to help you make the right choice.
Video of a Basic Implant Procedure
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Nobel BioCare ImplantsDr Fern White has found Nobel Biocare to offer a wide range of options and the latest advancements in implant technology. Nobel Biocare has a forty-year history of success stories using dental implants and dental crowns, and leads the dental implant market. Dr Fern White has completed many additional courses in Dental Implantology including a world renowned Masters Degree held in Europe and the USA, training with the best Implant Specialists in the world. Bringing her skills back to Port Melbourne has meant that all patients can benefit from the most modern and clinically proven methods of implanting, no matter your particular situation. Although any General Dentist with basic training is permitted to consult in this area, Dental Implants are very complex are require advanced training to reduce risks and ensure great results. Patients need to be confident that they are receiving the most advanced treatment, using evidence-based techniques and quality materials that will last. Modern surgical techniques are used to ensure the jaw bone that implants are being placed into is strong. Implants need to be able to deal with the forces of chewing just as well as your natural teeth. Being trained in Orthodontics (Teeth Straightening) allows Dr Fern White to ensure a great result for your entire smile, not just the individual implant.
Common Questions and AnswersWhat is a dental implant? A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Why dental implants? There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:
- Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
- There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
- Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth - crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.
- Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
- Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
Will my new teeth look natural? When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth? Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.