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When you lose a tooth, it becomes pertinent to get it replaced by a trained dentist in this area of dentistry or a specialist prosthesis as soon as possible. For the purpose of replacing a missing tooth, you generally have three options, although this will depend on your individual situation;

If you have missing teeth but cannot or do not or can not have a ceramic bridge or denture, then dental implants might be something to consider. Swedish orthopedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Brånemark first proposed the idea of dental implants in 1952.

A dental implant is a surgical fixture placed inside the jawbone.  When successful integration takes place, this fixture fuses with the bone over a span of a few months. Its purpose is to acts as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth.  Nowadays, a dental implant is considered to be the next best thing to a natural tooth. It has excellent stability and stands on its own without affecting or impacting the other teeth.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants are considered relatively safe as they have been in clinical practice for over 30 years. Other than that, modern technologies have brought a significant number of improvements in the process of installing implants, and further advancements in the procedures are expected in the future.

Even though the procedure of getting a dental implant is deemed to be relatively safe since it is a surgical procedure, a certain number of risks are involved, and there is a possibility of infection. However, the percentage of individuals who end up catching any problem after the procedure is relatively meager.

Dental implants are also said to be relatively safe for the elderly as long as they are healthy, and a dental expert approves of their condition. Only those sensitive to copper, lead, nickel, or zinc are not recommended for dental implants. Moreover, heavy chain-smokers who are unwilling to quit are also not recommended to get a dental implant.

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Benefits of getting dental implants

Dental implants offer several benefits that the other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges, don’t provide. Let’s look at some of the benefits of choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options.

  • Effective Prevention of Bone Loss
  • Match with The Natural Teeth
  • Restore the Bite Force
  • Prevents Your Face from Changing
  • Enables Natural Speech
  • Material that dental implants are made up of cannot decay.
  • Can Easily Be Cared For
  • Permanent Solution
  • You do not need support from adjacent teeth.
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Dental implant cost

Industry averages show that the expected full mouth dental implant cost in Australia is almost $23,000 to $27,000. To break that down, a single tooth dental implant is between $2500 – $6000 depending on the level of bone loss and repair needed, the type of implant fixtures used and what you place on top of the implant that becomes that part you chew on.  



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A dental implant price may range somewhere between $2,500 to $6,500 depending on the type of implant you need, any bone grafting needed and what you place on top that ultimately becomes what you chew with and what people see.

Yes! A tooth implant provides an overall natural look and the same functionality as a natural tooth.

Local anesthesia is used during the surgical procedure so you are numb throughout the entire process.  There is no pulling like a tooth extraction and overall patients say the procedure is similar to having a filling done. 

Let us have an in-depth look at the dental implant procedure.

  • The initial stage of the dental implant procedure is the consultation and the planning stage.
  •  First of all, the dental surgeon visually examines the site in the patient’s mouth where the dental implant is to be placed.
  • Then, they observe dental imaging studies such as CT scans, panoramic films, and X-rays.
  •  Your dentist will assess the quality and the quantity of the jawbone to determine whether you require more bone at the implant site or not.
  •  After they establish that a patient is suitable for a dental implant, they inform the patient and take his consent.
  • Local anesthetic and other necessary sedatives are given to the patient to numb the surgical area and provide comfort during the surgery.
  •  After administration of anesthetics and sedatives, the surgeon does the tooth extraction. As in several of the cases, the existing damaged tooth is present at the dental implant site.
  • After removing the tooth, the site is allowed to heal for two to six months.
  • If the implant site does not have any tooth and bone loss is present, a bone graft other than an alveolar bone graft would have to be placed on top of the existing jawbone.
  •  In this procedure, a minimum of six months would be required for the healing process to take place efficiently.
  •  Once the healing period completes, tests are carried out on the dental implant to determine whether it was successfully accepted and taken up by the surrounding bone.
  •  Upon confirmation, a screw is used to connect a prosthetic component known as an “abutment”
  •  This component will serve the purpose of holding the substituted tooth.
  •  Afterward, an impression of this abutment will be taken by the dentist, and the implant crown would be custom-made to fit.
  •  It would either be secured with the help of a screw to the abutment or cemented. 

Just like anything in the mouth, food debris, bacteria and acid can cause damage to the bone structure that holds the implant in place, therefore you do need to maintain a daily oral health routine of cleaning around the implant where it meets the gum, just like you do with your natural teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing.

The required time for the dental implant varies primarily according to the techniques used by your dentist, and it also depends on the location at which the tooth is to be implanted. However, general surgery takes about one hour to complete. But if we talk about the whole procedure, which is done in steps, then it takes almost six months for an implant to be placed.

Ideally, it takes six to nine months to heal properly. But that does not mean that you would spend this period in pain or anything.

The dental implant life is directly proportional to the amount of care the patient takes of the implant. Assuming the patient takes proper care of the implant by regularly brushing and flossing, the implant screw can last as much as a lifetime.

Most often, patients prefer to only have a local anesthetic during the procedure as it is quite simple and pain free.  However, if you are an anxious patient you may choose to have sedation or a general anesthetic for your implant procedure.  This will of course add to the overall expense of the implant treatment

After getting dental implants, you will also have to take proper care of the implant, and this would start the next minute you walk out of your dentist’s office. Now the question that arises is what measures should be taken to take care of the implants properly. Some of the tips are listed down below.

After you get your dental implants, you may have to switch your toothbrush to a soft nylon toothbrush. This is mainly because the bristles on the nylon toothbrushes are gentle and pliable for the implants. Other than that, a Proxabrush can also be used to clean the areas around the implant that are otherwise hard to reach.

 Avoid toothbrushes that have stiff bristles as they can scratch the implant’s surface. Besides avoiding hard bristle toothbrushes, you should also avoid abrasive products as they might cause extreme discomfort. Moreover, after getting a dental implant, it becomes imperative for you to floss more often. Otherwise, the plaque can quickly accumulate around the implant, leading to other oral hygiene issues.

Furthermore, to prevent your implants from getting any damage, you will have to avoid sticky or hard foods. Yes, this also means that you will have to give up on ice-cream. One other important thing to note is that smoking and alcohol are also considered detrimental for the implants as they slow down the implants’ healing process. Hence, both tobacco and alcohol will have to be avoided after getting dental implants.

These measures are essential if you want to increase the dental implant life. 

Implants are not just expensive in Australia. They are very costly worldwide—the reason is the complexity of the procedure, which requires a highly qualified dentist’s services. Moreover, the material used in the process adds to the cost as well.

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One of the side effects of losing teeth is the loss of bone mass in your jaw. The dental implant is the only option that substitutes the jawbone stimulation, hence preventing bone loss.

In an implant, a titanium post replaces the tooth root. Implants are anchored into the jaw with the help of this titanium post. You will be able to bite with more or less the same energy of force that is present in the natural teeth. In other tooth replacement options, you don’t nearly have as much of the bite force.

Temporary side effects of a dental implant include swelling in the gums that may last up to 48 hours and discomfort which may last up to two weeks. Other than that, some common side effects reported by patients include infection at the implant site, numbness, damage to the teeth, gums, blood vessels, and nerve damage.

Some of the common dental implant alternatives include bridges and dentures. Other tooth replacement options such as dentures will have to be replaced or repaired after a specific time. On the other hand, dental implants are designed to last for a very long period or, in some cases, even the rest of the patient’s life. This is one of the primary reasons dental implants are considered the best option out of all the teeth replacement options.

Three types of dental implants are being used extensively in clinical dentistry in today’s time. The list includes

  •       Zygomatic dental implants
  •       subperiosteal dental implants
  •       endosteal dental implants

Endosteal dental implants are the most commonly used dental implants. However, they require a sound and healthy jawbone for the post to fuse to. The endosteal implants are the screw-shaped placeholder posts that are put inside the human jaw. Then the false teeth are fitted on these placeholder posts. 

If your jawbone has insufficient height, but you do not like the idea of something (a bone graft) being placed into it, you might want to look at the second type of dental implant; Subperiosteal Implant. This dental implant rests under the gum but on top of the bone instead of being fixed onto it. A metal frame and an attached post are placed under the gum. Your gums then heal around the perimeter to hold it properly in its place. This secures the false teeth to the poles that come from the gum.

If you’re afraid of intensive oral surgeries, then perhaps opting for a zygomatic dental implant may be the best bet for you. However, these dental implants are not common and come with a complicated procedure as the zygomatic dental implant is placed in the cheekbone rather than the patient’s jawbone. This is the primary reason why it is only recommended to those people who don’t have enough jawbone for the Endosteal dental implant.

Generally, dental implants are not covered in standard health insurance plans. However, some coverage plans may also provide coverage for dental implants.  Always check your personal policy before starting any dental treatment.

If you think that there is no adequately qualified dentist in your vicinity and have the budget to go overseas just for an implant, you may consider the option. But before making that choice, we would urge you to look for the best dentists on AirSmile as treatment overseas does come with concerns with regards to warranty, ongoing care and having replacement fixtures available should an emergency occur.

The dental implant procedure is a lengthy process. After the initial surgery, it may take months for the site to heal properly. If you are getting it done overseas, you can not go to your dentist anytime on short notice in case of any complications.  If your implant does not integrate or fails dentists in Australia may not be able to help you in your time of need due to different components, not available in Australia, being used to place your implant.

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Osseointegration is the process of fusion between the jawbone and the dental implant. In today’s time, the majority of dental implants are made out of titanium material. This dental implant material allows them to merge with the bone without being recognized as an external entity by our bodies. Due to the significant improvements in science and technology over time, the outcomes of dental implant placements have increased by a substantial percentage. The success rate of dental implants in today’s time is close to 98%.

Not only do dental implants have aesthetic benefits, but they also play a vital part in the overall functioning of the mouth. If you do not replace a lost or extracted tooth, it results in jawbone deterioration. Dental implants prevent this bone deterioration, support a healthy jawbone, and help keep each tooth in its proper place. Other than that, the dental implants for front teeth may also feel necessary for the visual aspect. 

The natural teeth in your mouth help support your facial structure, but you also lose that support when you lose these teeth. Eventually, when this support is lost, it changes your mouth’s shape, making you look older. With dental implants, you can regain this support. Otherwise, you would be conscious of how your smile looks and feels.

Usually, the artificial teeth implanted in the mouth need to be properly cared for so that bacteria don’t build up in the mouth. However, the material that dental implants are made up of cannot decay. Hence, you don’t have to worry about getting cavities in the implants.

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