The Beginner’s Guide to Dental Implants
Dental health is integral to our overall well-being, but sometimes trauma, decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. Dental implants are one possible way to bring back your smile and the functionality of lost teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
At its core, a dental implant is a metal screw, predominantly made of titanium. It is placed into the jawbone, with a crown subsequently attached to it. If multiple teeth are missing, multiple implants can be placed or dental implants can be used to anchor a bridge or a denture, offering the stability needed for everyday activities like eating and talking. And unlike traditional dentures, these don’t need to be removed nightly.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary based on various factors. These can range from the ease or difficulty of placing an implant, the need for additional procedures, such as bone grafts and gingival positioning, as well as the expertise of the dentist or specialist. Although the initial expense may be higher, it is important to remember the longevity, ease of use of the dental implants, and to consider them as a long-term investment in your oral health and overall well-being.
The Tooth Implant Procedure: What to Expect
At the Health Hub, we refer you to a specialist to have the implant placed, as it tends to be the most important step. Dental implant placement is a relatively stress-free procedure, as all the essential preparation work is done by our dentist and specialist beforehand. It is usually an in the chair appointment, with the implant placement aided by local anaesthesia. Following the procedure, expect some soreness which is usually managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Once the titanium implant has been placed into your jawbone, it can take 2-3 months for the implant to heal and integrate into the bone. Once healing is completed and it has been reviewed by the specialist, you will be referred back to us to have a crown placed on it.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants come with a range of advantages:
- Durability: With proper care, dental implants can last for decades.
- Enhanced Functionality: Dental implants are strong, letting you eat comfortably.
- Natural Look and Feel: Implant crowns can mimic the feel, function, and look of natural teeth.
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
While implants offer an excellent solution for many, they’re not for everyone. Ideally, patients should be at least in their early 20s, due to potential bone growth and changes. Several factors, including being a smoker, bone loss history, pregnancy, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and more, can influence implant success. A comprehensive medical history is required beforehand to ensure your suitability. Tests such as radiographs, CT scans, and digital scans will be required during consultation, to ascertain suitability and success. Factors like bone height, surrounding teeth, and specific mouth anatomy are assessed.
Health Hub in Fortitude Valley
The Health Hub is a great practice for all dental implant inquiries. If you’re pondering the possibility, don’t hesitate to visit the Health Hub in Fortitude Valley for a consult. Your journey to a restored smile might just be an appointment away.
This blog article was supported by AI generation and should not be relied on as specific medical or professional advice. For personal advice, please consult with your healthcare professional.