What are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are a very successful and now a commonly used treatment option to replace lost or missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root which can be used to support a number of dental solutions, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. The implant is constructed of a strong, biocompatible material called titanium which becomes integrated with the bone of the jaw. The replacement tooth/teeth is then connected to the implant fixture, or artificial root, by a small screw. Medland Dental Centre is proud to have been helping the people of Brisbane with implant options for the last 30 years, and we have a wealth of experience in placing and restoring implants.

How much are dental implants?

There are a range of different circumstances surrounding the loss of a tooth and pursuing dental implants, and therefore there is no standard price. It is case dependent, and influenced for example by the amount of bone left to support the implant and the number of teeth that require replacement. Your Medland dentist is happy to speak with you regarding the specifics of your individual circumstances and will develop a plan to address your concerns.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are essentially a third set of teeth. Implants are a flexible treatment option that can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants can remove the need for bridges, partial or full dentures. They provide much more confidence with the security of firmly anchored teeth, and in most cases the aesthetic result is superior to that of dentures and bridges. Implant dentistry can allow teeth to be replaced without the need to remove tooth structure from adjacent teeth, as is the case with dental bridges. They do not predispose your remaining teeth to dental decay and periodontal disease, as is the case with dentures. The implant helps to preserve the bone and gum tissue that can be lost after tooth loss. The replacement of full or partial dentures with implants provides an improvement in speech and ability to chew foods, improves taste and temperature perception, self-confidence and overall quality of life. Generally dental implants are easily maintained but good oral hygiene is crucial, and it is important that implants are reviewed regularly by your dental team.

Who can benefit from an implant?

People who have lost teeth through trauma, dental decay, failed root canal treatment, fractured teeth or have congenitally missing teeth (i.e. missing at birth) are good candidates for dental implants. People who have loose, uncomfortable dentures or who would like to get rid of their denture can benefit from implants. Those who find cleaning around dental bridges difficult can benefit from implants. There are some medical or dental conditions that can be relative or absolute contra-indications to implant placement, and adolescents and children who are still developing physically are not suitable patients for dental implants.
Our Medland dentists are happy to speak with you to answer any questions you may have regarding dental implants and the benefits that could have for you.