Dental implants are the modern alternative to replacing missing teeth and dentures
Are you missing single, multiple or all of your teeth? Dental implants may be the answer. They are a fixed alternative to restoring gaps as a result of missing teeth, giving you the confidence to smile and enjoy being able to chew again.
Clifton Hill Dental’s Principal Dentist, Dr Nicholas Malamas, has been performing surgical placement and restoration of single and multiple implants for over thirteen years. Dr Malamas is a member of the Australian Osseointegration Society. He has completed a masters program in Implant Dentistry at the University of California in Los Angeles and has a level III from the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts which are surgically placed into the jaw bone under the gum. The titanium implants fuse to the jaw bone within a few weeks of placement. They provide a solid support for artificial teeth, which may be individual, bridges or over dentures. They are a high-tech way to replace missing teeth and offer more stability than traditional bridgework since they do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support.
The benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are designed to fit the structure of your natural teeth and provide a highly stable support to:
- replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture
- provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable
Other benefits include:
- increased self-confidence – dental implants look and function like natural teeth
- improved biting pressure – dental implants can often restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood by a healthy natural tooth (over 500 pounds of biting pressure per square inch)
- greater comfort – dental implants are securely anchored to your jawbone and can’t slip like unsecured dentures can
- tooth-saving – dental implants don’t rely on adjacent teeth for support so your natural teeth are left untouched, a long-term benefit to your health
- Longevity and reliability – dental implants integrate into the structure of your jawbone and can help to prevent bone loss and gum recession. With proper oral care and regular dental visits, implants can last a lifetime.
What happens during treatment?
Implant treatment is usually performed by a general dentist, oral surgeon, prosthodontist, periodontist or a team of these doctors. To devise the best treatment plan for you, we first complete a medical and dental history and a thorough oral examination with x-rays.
Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, treatment typically progresses as follows:
- Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw with the top of the implant just above the top of the bone. Immediately after surgery, you will be given specific post-surgical instructions to assure the best possible healing and where applicable, pain medication or antibiotics to aid in the healing process and help alleviate any discomfort. At this time you may be fitted with a temporary denture or natural-looking teeth to help you function as normally as possible. You will need to follow important dietary and oral hygiene instructions.
- From three to six months or more is allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implant and to ensure that the implants are held securely in place.
- Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small post is attached to each implant. The posts protrudes through the gum line and serve as an anchor for replacement teeth.
- After your gums have fully healed, the replacement teeth or dentures are securely attached to the posts.
We invite you to come in for a consultation to discuss a treatment plan to replace your missing teeth or dentures.