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Dental Implants, Bridges or Partial Dentures

Do you have difficulty chewing, embarrassed smiling due to missing teeth?

Your dentist has said you are a candidate for one or all of these options, but what is involved with each of them, and how to they work?

There are various reasons to replace a missing tooth (or teeth), these should be considered along with risks involved of simply leaving the space. Bone loss – when a tooth is removed the bone that supported it shrinks over time, this process is called “resorption”. This can lead to several different issues, from cosmetic concerns to more serious issues affecting other teeth. Drifting – the loss of one or two teeth can lead to drifting or tilting of the neighbouring teeth, the opposing tooth may also drift further into the mouth. This can cause multiple issues, one being problems with function – chewing difficulties. Your dentist will be able to discuss these potential problems in more detail with you.

Dental implants are becoming the treatment of choice for a number of reasons. The main reason being that implants are strong, durable and natural looking. It is important to note though, that not all patients qualify for dental implants. Our Principal Dentist, Dr Nick Baveas, will be able to assess your individual case and inform you as to whether or not you would be a candidate for implants – he will assess the state of your oral health, your bone quality and quantity as well as your ability to maintain oral health after the process to determine this.

If you are able to have a dental implant placed, then a titanium implant is used as an artificial “root” – this implant is inserted into the jaw bone and allowed time to integrate, this creates a strong anchor for the replacement tooth (crown).

Dental Implants Redbank Dental

At Redbank Dental Centre we take great care to make sure everything goes smoothly and you have the best chance to join the high percentage of successful implant cases. When you arrive for your implant appointment, you will notice a few changes to how we normally do things! The dental surgery will be set up as an implant surgical room, you will see sterile drapes and tubing covers placed on benches and equipment. Dr Nick Baveas and his dental assistant will be clothed in sterile gowns and bouffant caps (hair coverings) etc. You will also have a bouffant cap and a sterile drape placed over you. Your dental assistant will prepare you for the treatment, and Dr Nick Baveas will discuss the process with you one last time – answering any further questions or concerns you may have.

After the implant insertion appointment, you will be required to attend a follow up appointment – usually a week to 10 days later – and then Dr Nick Baveas will inform you of when the crown on the implant can be started. Implants are complex dentistry and take time. We do not rush the process – we want the best possible result for you, good things take time!

Dental implants are considered a permanent solution for missing teeth, however like natural teeth, they can fail. Good oral hygiene at home and regular dental check-up and cleans will help ensure the longevity of your implant.

Ready to start a lifetime of healthy smiles? Contact us to make an appointment with our skilled dental team today!