Dental implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement because they offer a permanent solution that mirrors the function and appearance of healthy teeth in almost every way. They look natural and require only the same care you would take in normal oral hygiene regimens with natural teeth.
Digital dental implants allow for precise positioning and also improved imitation of the appearance and luster of your natural teeth. Not all dentists offer digital dental implants in Sydney, making LN Dental an ideal choice for your dental implant surgery.
Dental implants host a variety of benefits that sometimes are not achievable by other means. Their appearance, function, and longevity of dental implants are all strong draws for patients seeking a resolution to a variety of dental problems.
We’ve found that patients who opt for dental implants are almost invariably happy with the result. It’s common that we hear that they appreciate the way they function so close to their natural teeth, meaning they have no food restrictions as they would with dentures.
Dental implants also have a way of preserving the jawbone below lost teeth. When a tooth is missing, it’s not uncommon that the jawbone begins to deteriorate. This can lead to the remaining teeth shifting to fill in the empty space – ultimately causing more tooth loss.
The dental implant process takes place over a period of several months. Although this might sound daunting, it’s important to remember that your dental implant has the potential to last you for a lifetime.
During your initial consultation, your dentist will assess the condition of your teeth and jaw to determine the type of implant you need. If your bone density is inadequate, you may also need a bone graft to support the implant.
The first step of the dental implant procedure involves replacing the natural tooth root with a titanium tooth root. This is a digitally guided procedure to ensure the precise placement of the implants. The majority of our patients report a quick recovery from this generally well-tolerated dental surgery.
It tends to take about three or four months for the artificial tooth root to permanently integrate into the jawbone. After this healing process, the dentist will check to make sure the dental implant has integrated adequately before attaching the second part of the implant, which is referred to as the abutment. This part of the implant is used to attach the dental restoration.
For successful dental implant placement, patients need to have enough healthy and stable supportive bone to anchor the dental implants in place. If an insufficient bone is present, our dentists at LN Dental Centre may recommend bone grafting or a sinus lift to help the body accommodate dental implants
Bone grafting – Adding donor bone or laboratory-created bone to the maxillary (upper) or lower (mandibular) jaw to increase bone structure for dental implant placement.
Sinus lift – Also called sinus augmentation, a sinus lift involves lifting the Schneiderian membrane in the maxillary jaw and placing bone grafting material into the jaw to suspend the sinus in place and increase bone structure for dental implant placement.
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Following the procedure, you should rest completely for a day or two. Swelling and bleeding are normal and can be treated with a cold compress. Avoid hard, solid foods and stick to soft foods that require little to no chewing, such as oatmeal, ice cream, pudding, scrambled eggs, and more. Maintain your oral hygiene with mouthwash, but avoid brushing and flossing your teeth for a few days as this can further irritate your gums.
Ensure that you take any medications that have been prescribed to you, and contact your dentist should you notice any unusual symptoms following the procedure.
If you have an implant-supported bridge, for example, your dentist may recommend a small cleaning brush and floss threader to keep debris and bacteria away from your gums. This is a simple addition to your at-home routine.
The process of having dental implants put in requires surgery, and that means that it will almost invariably cost more to have done. Many patients question why the cost of dental implants is so expensive. However, we encourage you to consider that a dental implant is a permanent solution that can last you a lifetime if cared for properly. The initial up-front cost does not appear so high when compared to the cost and inconvenience of repeated treatments of different varieties.
At LN Dental, we provide dentistry with heart and focus on the wellbeing of our patients throughout treatment. Our experienced practitioners are with you every step of the way, and we are proud to offer high-quality affordable dental implants in Sydney.
How long do dental implants last?
If taken care of correctly, your dental implants have the potential to last you a lifetime. Unlike other treatment options, dental implants do not need to be replaced or redone, making them an excellent, low-maintenance alternative for those looking to treat a range of oral health issues.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
For some patients, dental implants provide benefits that may not be achieved with other solutions. These benefits include: Overall improved appearance of your teeth. No dietary restrictions, as dental implants function close to your natural teeth. The implants can preserve your jawbone below lost teeth and prevent nearby teeth from shifting, minimising further tooth loss.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
This all depends on your individual circumstances. You must have good oral health in order to receive dental implants – this means a strong jaw bone, no gum disease and you must be a non-smoker. Your experienced dentist at LN Dental Centre will discuss your medical history and advise on the best solution.
How Long Does A Dental Implant Procedure Take?
Following your initial consultation, your dentist will schedule an appointment for the dental implant procedure to take place. Inserting a single dental implant takes approximately 1-2 hours. You will need a follow up appointment approximately 3-9 months after the insertion of your implant for your dentist to construct a crown or bridge to secure your new implant.
What Are The Different Types Of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are selected based on your individual circumstances. There are three main types of dental implants.
Endosseous Implants are placed within the jawbone. They are made from metal, ceramic or ceramic-coated metal and are generally cylinder or screw-shaped.
Subperiosteal Implants rest directly on top of the jawbone but underneath the gum tissue. This consists of a metal framework with attachment posts that extend through the tissue for stability.
Transosteal Implants pass through the jawbone and gum tissue and into the mouth. They appear as either a metal pin or a u-shaped frame.
Does Insurance Cover The Cost Of Dental Implants?
Dental implants can be a costly procedure, and may not be covered by your private health insurer. In some cases, your insurer may only cover a fraction of the cost of dental implants. We recommend contacting them prior to your initial consultation to determine if dental implants are included in your insurance or extras policy.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Dental Implants?
Getting dental implants can be costly. In fact, it is one of the most expensive options for replacing lost teeth. They can cost up to five times more than other alternatives, including dentures and bridges.
Some health insurance policies may not cover dental implants, so it’s important to check with your provider prior to considering the procedure. Additionally, your jawbone must be strong and healthy to support the implants, otherwise, you may be ineligible.
If you’ve found yourself experiencing any dental trouble, we encourage you to get in touch with us at LN Dental. With years of experience in helping our patients restore their smile, we’re just the dental professionals to speak to about anything that is troubling you. To get in touch, give us a call at (02) 9644 1499 or book an appointment today!