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Dental Implants in Menai

dentist holding implant modelDental implants offer an excellent alternative to bridges and dentures when it comes to replacing your missing teeth. Our Menai dentist, Dr Stephen Suster offers comprehensive implant therapy right here in our office.

Beneficial to Your Oral Health

Unlike other types of dental restorations, implants are extremely beneficial to the health of your surrounding teeth and bone structure.

By nature, the implant encourages new bone growth, which secures the artificial tooth permanently into the jaw, just like a real tooth. In turn, this prevents the usual bone shrinkage seen in areas of tooth loss and subsequent shifting of your adjacent teeth.

What Are Implants?

An implant is an artificial tooth root that is made of titanium and inserted at the area of your missing tooth. Because they are extremely strong, the implant can support a customised crown, or be paired with other implants to support bridges or even dentures. The end result mimics the appearance of a natural tooth.

Compared to conventional treatments, dental implants have the longest life expectancy of all modern dental procedures. The implant process is an affordable way to replace multiple missing teeth for life.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Comfort and confidence when you eat or speak
  • A restoration that functions similar to natural teeth
  • Healthier bone that prevents teeth from shifting
  • Permanent tooth replacement
  • Avoiding the need to alter adjacent teeth

What to Expect

Vision Dental works with a surgeon who specialises in implants to perform your entire procedure right here in our Menai clinic. After being placed, a cap covers the implant for several months as the bone heals.

Next, we take an impression of your implant to create your fixed prosthesis in a lab. Once it is ready, your healing abutment is removed and the crown, bridge or denture is fixed into place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do dental implants look and feel like natural teeth?
Yes! Because the ceramic crown the implant supports is custom-made to be an exact replica of the missing tooth, it looks and feels like a natural tooth in the mouth. Since the implant isn’t an actual tooth root with nerves, it doesn’t have the same sensation with pressure, but that is something that you get used to very quickly.

Can I eat and speak normally with dental implants?

Since dental implants replace the size and shape of the original tooth, it does not affect speaking or eating at all.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success rate is very high when planned and designed correctly and good bone is available. Some factors such as smoking, periodontitis or gum disease, clenching and grinding habits, or lack of proper maintenance will impact the success of implants.

Does getting dental implants hurt?

There is usually less pain involved in placing a dental implant than having a tooth extracted. It is usually placed with just some local anaesthetic.
How long does the entire dental implant process take, from consultation to the final restoration?
This can vary depending on the quality of the bone and healing. Usually, the whole process takes about 6 months.

What is the recovery process after getting dental implants?

Usually, Panadol or Nurofen is needed for the next 1-2 days after placing an implant. The site needs to be kept clean with mouthrinses for about 2 weeks until the stitches fall out.

How long do dental implants last?

The mouth is a dynamic functioning system, so wear and tear will always occur. Nothing lasts forever, not even natural teeth. So just like natural teeth, implants need proper ongoing maintenance to have them last as long as possible. Normally if something breaks down, it is a component like the abutment screw or the crown that needs to be replaced, and the implants are still intact and functioning.

Are dental implants expensive?

Dental implants are one of the more expensive dental procedures because of the highly engineered components required to make them successful. However, they are far more comfortable and aesthetic than dentures, cost about the same as bridges but don’t involve any other teeth, and are cheaper than orthodontic treatment or aligners. So they represent good value for what you get.

Are implants right for you?

Schedule a consultation at Vision Dental to find out. Dr Stephen Suster is happy to discuss your concerns, options and choices like sleep dentistry to ensure a positive experience. Contact us today and be sure to ask about our 0% interest free financing plans.

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Dental Implants Menai, Sutherland NSW | (02) 9543 4222