Looking for a permanent way to replace a missing tooth?
Dental implants are the perfect permanent solution to replace a tooth for a tooth. They are aesthetic and made to look, feel and function like your natural tooth so you can eat, speak and smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are essentially an artificial tooth made of a titanium screw that is surgically placed inside your jaw bone and an implant crown that is placed on top. When completed, the implant looks exactly like a real tooth so you no longer have a gap where a tooth has been damaged or lost. Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants are a permanent durable and natural solution for missing teeth without needing to affect any neighboring teeth. They can be used to replace both front and back teeth. In cases where all your teeth are missing, implants can also be used as support to anchor your full denture for better comfort.
At Northcote Dental our dentists can assess your suitability for dental implants and refer you to a specialist for implant placement. Once the implant screw is in place, we can then place the implant crown to give you a brand new smile.
Some Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Implants
- Implants provide a stable and comfortable long-term solution to replace missing teeth.
- Durable and long lasting- implants have a long-life span. When maintained well with good oral hygiene and regular checkups, they can last up to 20 years if not more.
- Natural appearance- implants look and feel the like your natural teeth compared to bridges and dentures. They give back your smile to boost your self-confidence.
- Comfortable and better function- unlike dentures that can rub against your gums, cause ulcers or become loose over time, implants are much more comfortable. They also allow normal speech and you have no problem with eating and chewing.
- Better oral health- implants don’t affect any neighboring teeth so they protect your other healthy teeth. Replacing the gap with implants also helps to prevent problems that occur due to missing teeth.
Dental implants can take several appointments to complete. At your first consultation, our dentists at Northcote Dental will examine your teeth, discuss options to replace your missing tooth and go through what to expect when getting an implant. Once you have decided to go ahead, your dentist will refer you to an implant specialist. The implant specialist will organise your surgery to place the implant screw where the tooth is missing. This procedure can take around 1-2 hours. Following implant surgery, there may be a healing period between 0-6 months. Once the implant screw is firmly secured in your bone, you will return to our dentists at Northcote Dental to place the final implant crown on top of the screw.
Getting implants is a painless procedure. When you are getting implant surgery, this is often done under sedation so you will feel relaxed and comfortable through the entire process. The process of fitting the implant crown is also pain free as it is all done under local anaesthetic. When the numbing wears off, the implant may feel a little sore and tender. It can take a few days after the implant is placed to get used to it. Your dentist will make sure you have suitable pain relief to ease any discomfort if present. After a week or so any discomfort should settle down and you can use your new tooth as normal.