Losing a tooth is actually considered an amputation! If you have one or several missing teeth, you may have considered replacing them before. You may not realise it, but missing teeth may gradually result in:
- loss of bone
- loss of functionality
- further damage to other teeth
- movement of teeth around missing space
Benefits of dental implants
A dental implant is the equivalent of gaining a brand new tooth, restoring your smile in the process. Implants integrate naturally with your jaw, restore functionality, and prevent drifting of adjacent teeth. Bone loss can also be avoided because with dental implants, the chewing forces involved with eating are transmitted to the jaw bone, thus stimulating bone regrowth which maintains your original face shape.
Last, but not least, you will be able to chew properly again, which means body’s nutritional uptake will improve – as will your general health and well-being.
Implants usually require 3-6 months for healing and bone integration. This healing period begins with the placement of the implant. It ends when the prosthetic tooth, crown or bridge attachment is finalised.
Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, are directly connected to dental implants. They are a better option than traditional dentures due to better stability and increased grip, which can improve your chewing experience when eating, as well as your digestion. Implants will also help stimulate and stabilise your bone structure, and improve your speech and confidence.
Dental implant suitability
As always, our dentists will need to assess your suitability for this treatment. We will discuss the process with you in fine detail.
A 3D scan of your jaw is usually required as part of this assessment. It helps to determine if you have enough quality and quantity of jaw bone to receive this treatment. If you don’t, a bone graft may be recommended.
Implants and insurance
Dental fees for implants may be quite expensive depending on the complexity of the dental implant treatment and procedures. However, if you have dental insurance with extras cover, your plan may cover part of the dental fees involved. Other payment options include our flexible finance plan that allows you to make monthly payments over an extended period. Payment plans keep dental implants within reach of most patients and are readily available.
It’s also important to remember that an investment in dental implants is an investment in your health and quality of life. Implants help to maintain your bone density, and preserve your youthful appearance over your lifetime, so in the long run, dental implants will save you money.
Come and discuss these options with us at Leeming Dental. We have a team of skilled and experienced professionals always ready to help you. They are committed to assisting you on your journey back to good dental health.
Your inquiry Number is (08) 9310 3367
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