Although dental implants have brought comfortable, confident smiles to many patients, it is not the best solution for every patient that has lost teeth. The ideal candidate will have adequate bone in the jaw to support the placement of a dental implant and be in good general health. Generally speaking, implant placement are far more successful in non-smokers as smoking is detrimental to the healing process.
It is important that the patient help in making the decision on whether an implant is the best option for them. they are not for everyone. Essential to the review is your medical and dental history, thoroughly examine your oral tissues and supporting bone in the jaw, and check your occlusion, or the way your teeth fit together when you bite. As part of the assessment, X-rays and study models will be taken and analysed. After this careful evaluation, we will once again discuss treatment with you and also offer other solutions. It is very important for you to discuss the benefits, risks, and possible alternative treatments. Please contact us at Kite Street Dental if you would like to discuss any aspects of dental implants.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants can support replacement teeth in much the same way as tooth roots support natural teeth. Dental implants provide a very good alternative to dentures that are ill fitting or loose, or cause discomfort especially when chewing food. Dental Implants are an excellent way to prevent embarrassment due to spaces left by missing teeth. You will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again and most importantly – you will be able to smile and speak with confidence again!
In the hands of skilled and properly trained dental specialists, and when reputable dental implant systems are used, they can have a success rate of over 90 percent. With effective home oral hygiene care and regular visits to your dentist, dental implants have lasted as long as 20 years and may last a lifetime. At Kite Street Dental, the dentists and oral hygienist have great experience in looking after your implants.
What are the disadvantages?
Dental implants require a greater financial investment than a removable bridge or conventional denture. However, dental implants offer great advantages in terms of comfort and appearance benefits that many patients find well worth the cost. Dental implants also require an investment in time. The whole process can take from three to nine months to complete and in certain cases where bone augmentation is required, the process can take slightly longer. If one takes into consideration that with a possible life span of 20 years and longer, the investment in time is quite reasonable. As with any other medical or surgical procedure, dental implants involve a risk of infection. In some cases an implant may loosen and require replacement. Because each person is unique and circumstances vary tremendously, implant success cannot be guaranteed. As with all other medical procedures there are always risks involved.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss dental implants, contact us at Kite Street Dental on 02 6362 8770.