Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants By Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho | September 29, 2022

Dental implants are a great way to replace one or more missing teeth. They are considered a long-term solution to tooth loss that looks and feel like your natural teeth.

If you’re thinking about getting dental implant surgery, you’re likely wondering what the process entails and what to expect. The following are some things you should know about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a metal post or screw made of titanium and surgically implanted into the jawbone. Over time, the bone attaches to the implant, creating a strong and secure foundation, and serves as a new “root” for the artificial teeth (called a crown or bridge).

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a big decision and not one to be taken lightly. They are a more expensive tooth replacement option, but they can last a lifetime with proper care. But who exactly is a candidate for dental implants?

The best candidates for dental implants are adults who:

  • Have lost one or more teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, or other dental issues.
  • Are in good overall health
  • Have healthy gums with no active gum disease
  • Support the implant with sufficient bone density
  • Maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly

People with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or leukemia may not be good candidates for dental implants due to the risk of infection.

If you are considering dental implants, we encourage you to talk to your dentist. Ultimately, it is up to your dentist to determine if dental implants are right for you.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

While dental implants require a minor surgical procedure, they offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Improved dental aesthetics: dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, improving your appearance and boosting your self-confidence.
  • Improved function: Dental implants act as artificial teeth that allow you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. They also distribute the forces of biting evenly across the jawbone, which helps to preserve healthy bone tissue.
  • Improved oral health: Dental implants do not require the reduction of existing healthy tooth structure, as is often necessary with dental bridges. Additionally, dental implants make it easier to clean between teeth, reducing the risk of decay and gum disease. Lastly, they help preserve bone mass in the jaw.
  • Increased comfort: Unlike dentures, another tooth replacement option, which can slip and slide around in your mouth, dental implants are anchored securely in place. Such stable artificial teeth can give you greater peace of mind and increased comfort.

 

If you are considering dental implants, consult your dentist to see if they are right for you.

How Many Types Of Dental Implants Are Available?

There are four common types of dental implants, and each has its own advantages.

  • Endosteal Implants

    The most commonly used dental implant type is the endosteal implant. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone, and a support post is then attached to the implant. This type of dental implant is best for individuals who have an adequate bone density in their jaw.

  • Subperiosteal Implants

    A subperiosteal dental implant is placed below the gum line but above or on top of the jaw bone. This type of dental implant is best for people with jawbone challenges, such as those who have experienced extensive tooth loss. The metal frame of the subperiosteal dental implant fuses with the bone over time.

  • Transosteal Implants

    Transosteal Dental Implants are placed through the cheekbones. This type of dental implant is not as common because it requires a larger surgical incision. Transosteal dental implants are best for people with severe bone loss in their upper jaw.

  • Zygomatic Implants

    Zygomatic dental implants are surgically placed in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone and are used in cases where the jawbone is too thin or too soft to support dental implants.

  • Alloplastic Implants

    Alloplastic dental implants are artificial materials surgically implanted into the jawbone to support dental prosthetics. Alloplastic dental implants are not as common because the body can reject them, and they can also cause allergic reactions.

    Not all dental implants are right for you. Talk to your implant dentist about which type is suited to your needs.

How Long Can Dental Implants Last?

How Long Can Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term replacement for missing teeth, but how long exactly  do dental implants last? The answer depends on a few different factors.

  • Oral Health: One factor that affects dental implant longevity is the health of the patient’s mouth. People who take good care of their teeth and gums and see their dentists regularly are more likely to have dental implants that last longer.
  • Quality of the Implant: Another factor is the quality of the dental implants themselves. Dental implants can last for many years when made with high-quality materials and placed by a skilled dental professional.
  • The Health of the Jawbone: The implant needs to be securely anchored in the bone, and if the bone begins to recede, the implant can become loose.
  • The Health of the Surrounding Teeth: If the teeth adjacent to the dental implant are not strong, they can put pressure on the implant and cause it to fail.
  • Habits: Smoking and grinding your teeth can contribute to dental implant failure.

It’s important to remember that dental implants are not permanent. They will eventually need to be replaced. However, with proper care, dental implants can last for a very long time – often upwards of 20 years or more.

What Are The Steps Of Dental Implant Treatment?

The dental implant process typically involves the following steps:

  • Preparation: First, the dentist will ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants. This involves taking x-rays and impressions of your teeth. The dentist will also evaluate your gums to make sure they are healthy enough to support the implants.
  • Implant Placement: Next, the implants will be placed in your jawbone. The dental implant procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia.
  • Abutment Installation: After the implants have had time to fuse with the jawbone, the abutments will be installed. The abutments are small metal posts that will protrude from the gums. They will provide a base for the dental crowns.
  • Crown Placement: The dental crowns will be placed on top of the abutments. The tooth crown will be made to match your real teeth in colour and shape. They will restore the function and appearance of your smile.
  • Recovery: It will take some time for your mouth to heal after the dental implant surgery. You will have to eat soft foods and take care of your mouth during the healing process. Once the implants have healed, you can eat and speak as normal.

Final Thoughts

If you are thinking about getting dental implants, be sure to talk with your dentist about the best tooth replacement option for you. Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and improve your quality of life. Plus, they will last for many years.

At Darch Dental Care, we offer a variety of implant options so that you can find the perfect solution for your needs.

Our team is experienced in providing quality dental care, and we would be happy to help you get the beautiful smile you deserve.

Please book an appointment online or call us at (08) 9303 9770!

FAQs

Dental implants are made of titanium. It is a metal that is compatible with the human body.

Titanium is used in many medical devices because it is strong and does not cause an immune response.

The price of dental implants vary depending on several factors, such as the number of implants you need and the complexity of your case.

Generally, each implant can cost anywhere from $4,500 to $6,000 per tooth. However, if you need a bone graft or sinus lift by an oral surgeon, then the cost can increase.

Your dentist will provide you with a customised dental treatment plan and quote during your consultation.

No! Getting a dental implant is a minor surgical procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia.

You may feel some pressure during the surgery, but you should not feel any pain. After dental implant surgery, you may have some soreness in your gums and jaw, but this can be easily managed by taking over-the-counter pain medication.

Recovery time for dental implants varies from patient to patient. Most people take 1-2 weeks off from work to recover.

During this time, you should avoid strenuous activity and stick to soft foods.

Oral surgeons often do bone grafting for some people needing dental implants. This is because the jaw bone needs to be strong enough to support the implant.

If your jaw bone has deteriorated due to lost teeth, a bone graft can help strengthen it.

A bone graft can also be used to build up the bones in your jaw if you have a congenital defect.

Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho

Dr. Jon is a Perth-based dentist who graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2005 from the University of Western Australia. He has worked at a range of dental practices, including being a partner and principal dentist for a group of five dental surgeries in Sydney. Dr. Jon has been practising for over a decade in the northern suburbs of Perth. He provides treatment for patients in Darch, Madeley, Landsdale, Kingsway, Kingsley, Marangaroo, Alexander Heights, Wangara, Ellenbrook, and others.

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