Dental implants in Oakleigh
Our Oakleigh dental team are experts in dental implants, so if you need a replacement for missing teeth, look no further than us.
Despite all your best efforts and care, you might lose a tooth at some point in your life. Whether extracted, knocked out or lost through ageing or gum disease, a missing tooth can cause problems for your oral health. In any of these cases, an implant is one of the best options to give you back your smile.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Being fixed into the jaw, they are the closest in terms of look and feel to natural teeth.
The components of a dental implant
- The implant – this is part that is inserted into the jaw and is the “root” of the new tooth. This is hidden from view.
- The connector – this links the implant to the crown.
- The crown – this is that part that looks like the teeth you see in your mouth. This is hand crafted when the implant has healed or “integrated” with the jaw.
Getting a dental implant
The process starts with a thorough dental examination and a precise 3D scan of your jaws to determine the amount and quality of bone present and your suitability for an implant. This information is used to plan the type and position of the implant required. After this, we surgically place the implant painlessly under local anaesthesia. This process takes between one and two hours.
A period of three to six months of healing time is required before the implant is ready to receive a permanent crown. When ready, a copy of the implant is taken and a crown is handcrafted and attached to the implant via a specific connector.
The implant will look, feel and function like a natural tooth.
Can I have multiple dental implants?
If you have lost more than one tooth and the bone in your jaw is strong and healthy, then multiple dental implants are the most natural looking answer. In other cases, implants can be used to secure bridges, and it is even possible to have implants and bridges instead of dentures.
Dental implant care
It is important to look after the implant just as well as your natural teeth. Brush and floss around the implant and your natural teeth at least twice a day.
Regular dental check-ups and hygiene cleans are important as this allows us to check the implant so that it will last for many years, possibly even a lifetime if well cared for.
Cost of dental implants
The cost of dental implant surgery varies from case to case, largely due to the number of components required in each. For an accurate quote you will need to book a consultation with Dr Ron Patel, where he can assess you individually and plan out the treatment that best suits you. A variety of payment options are also available.
If you have lost a tooth and are unsure what to do, make an appointment with us for for a dental implant examination.