Dental Implants | The Benefits of Restoring Your Smile
A Dental Implant is a surgically inserted prosthetic tooth designed as a long-term replacement for missing teeth with close to natural strength and function.
Think of it as screw-like anchor embedded into the jaw which then naturally integrates with the surrounding bone, capped off with a natural looking crown.
A Dental Implant can restore so much more than just a tooth…
Having a full, complete set of teeth brings many benefits both visually and functionally. Replacing a missing tooth can also restore the confidence to eat whatever foods they like, smile or laugh without hesitation, and avoid longterm complications and problems with adjacent teeth.
The following short video is the perfect introduction to the dental implant procedure and the longtem advantages of this treatment:
The Advantages of Dental Implants:
Eating & Chewing
A dental implant allows a person to eat and chew with increased bite pressure and similar strength to healthy natural teeth. This can dramatically change quality of life, and the freedom and confidence to eat what you like has benefits both socially and nutritionally.
Comfort and speech
Comfort & Speech Improvement
A dental implant is designed for you alone, meaning an ideal fit, functionality and natural appearance. Replacing missing teeth not only makes eating more comfortable and enjoyable, but also may improve speech and sound production, allowing you to speak clearly.
Avoid the Hassles of a Denture
Dentures and partial dentures can create difficulties and discomfort. Dental implants can replace one, two or a even complete set of teeth, giving you the freedom from dentures, a higher quality of life and more stable oral health.
Increased Oral stability
Missing teeth can lead to bone loss and gum recession, causing other teeth to drift or even come loose. An implant can restore stability to the supporting tissue and structures of the mouth, and assist in preventing further tooth loss.
Longterm Tooth Replacement
A dental implant is designed to ‘osseointegrate’, meaning the jawbone naturally binds new connective tissue to the biocompatible metal implant for strength and stability. With proper care, hygiene and maintenance, an endosteal dental implant can reliably last for up to 20 years with few complications.
Renewed Confidence in Life
A missing tooth can be aesthetically undesirable. Replacing tooth or teeth can positively impact on behaviour and wellbeing. With a renewed sense of pride, patients who restore their smile using dental implants can laugh, eat and smile without worrying about the appearance of a missing tooth or denture.
To learn more about how our center can help restore your smile so you can enjoy these benefits, please phone our friendly reception on (03) 9500 2084 today.
Dental Implants: More Affordable and More Accessible
If in the past you considered dental implants, however the cost and complexity of the surgery was a barrier at the time, there is good news: The ongoing development of technologies involved in implants over the last decade now allow missing teeth to be replaced with natural, strong, long-lasting implants for more patient candidates, and at lower costs compared to the past. For patients missing an entire row of teeth, there now permanent alternatives to dentures or a row of individual implants using the All-on-4 method.
If you have concerns about missing teeth or would simply like more information on the dental implant services available from our centre, please call us on (03) 9500 2084 to speak too one of our friendly patient liaisons.
Types of Dental Implants
Single Dental Implant
Replaces one tooth
Fixed Bridge Implant
Replace more teeth with fewer implants
All-On-4 / Retained Denture
Full arch replacement
Implant Cases Performed at Our Centre
We thank these valued patients who have allowed us to share their new smiles with the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we lose teeth?
Accident or trauma: Teeth are strong, but a strong enough impact from an accident or sport can completely dislodge them, alternatively the damage to the jaw and gums are unseen, and over months or years the initial damage caused to the tooth root can cause the tooth to fall.
Tooth death: Can be caused by a number of factors, such as decay which is so advanced neither the tooth nor its root can be saved with restorative methods or root canal treatment. These teeth may have fallen on their own, or may have been extracted to prevent further pain and infection.
Gum Disease:Our gums are a mesh of tissue and ligaments that hold onto the teeth and encourage bone to grow around the roots. With inflammation from gum disease or bacterial infection, these ligaments deteriorate and the surrounding bone tissue retracts. With the root exposed to bacteria, there are greater risk of tooth rot and eventual loss.
Some illnesses: Can specifically cause tooth loss at any stage of life, such as diabetes, or genetic illnesses which cause some people to simply never develop adult teeth, called congenital anodontia.
What about old age? We often associate tooth loss with old age, however it is usually gum disease, not ageing, that is the main cause of tooth loss in older persons. With proper dental hygiene, gum health and nutrition, teeth can certainly last a person their entire lifetime. So losing a tooth is no reason to stop caring for the remaining ones!
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
Apart from the aesthetic concerns, over time a missing tooth can trigger a series of dental issues including:
Further tooth loss: The teeth either side of the empty space may begin to drift and move off their correct axis into the space, also, because there is no longer bite pressure being applied to the tooth directly above or below the space, ongoing growth forces can cause "supereuption" or extrusion of the tooth, potentially leading to it falling out. The drift of teeth into incorrect position can cause teeth to collide at unnatural angles when biting and chewing, with this pressure and impact causing surrounding teeth to move or become damaged.
Bone Volume Loss: Without teeth anchored into the jaw bones, the underlying bone structure begins to recede, called bone resorption. This can impact on the outward appearance and shape of the face, and internally the bone loss endangers surrounding teeth, causing gum recession, creating food traps and increasing risk of decay and periodontal disease.
The longer a missing tooth remains untreated, the greater the likelihood and severity of bone loss and gum recession, which may increase the cost and complexity of implant treatment and require additional pre-requisite treatments such as bone grafting.
Do I need to be under General Anaesthetic
Implant surgery is generally performed using local anaesthetic. Our centre is well equipped to ensure your experience comfortable and worry-free as possible. We have access to sedation options which allows a patient to doze whilst the procedure is completed.
I'm anxious about the procedure. How can this be helped?
Patient comfort is a paramount priority to us. We employ a number of techniques to address anxiety and discomfort. The dentist may recommend professional sedation performed by a secondary specialised clinician, or may suggest a sedative tablet one hour prior to surgery. Any concerns or anxiety you have about any stage of the procedure will be discussed at your initial consultation.
Are Dental Implants expensive?
Implant surgery is a major dental procedure, and depending on the condition of the bone structure and any preparatory work that needs to be done, the costs can vary. That said, an implant is a sound investment for your health and well-being that can reduce the risk of triggering a cascade of severe dental health problems (Read more about this...). The cost of a dental implant may well be outweighed by the benefits of regaining the quality of life that comes with being able to eat, speak, smile and laugh without hesitation or feeling self-conscious.
The cost of a dental implant is divided between the surgical implant component and the crown cap. Thankfully the technological and manufacturing improvements to both the implant component and the crown cap have made implants more affordable than in the past.
If you have multiple teeth to replace, there are economical ways we can restore multiple teeth without simply multiplying the cost of individual implants. Methods have been developed that allow multiple replacement teeth to be permanently fixed using fewer physical implants into the jaw, for example with a fixed bridge implant, or if a whole set of teeth needs replacing, by using only 4 implants with the all-on-4 method may only be around half the cost of 12 single implants.
Am I entitled to any rebates?
Depending on your health insurance cover for Major Dental, you may be entitled to a rebate for dental implant surgery from anywhere from $600 - $2000. This will depend on your level of cover, so you may wish to discuss this directly with your provider to get a better idea of your entitlements.
Can Dental Implants be paid in instalments?
Yes. Our centre has access to several medical credit and finance options which can make your new smile a reality with a manageable repayment plan.
Dental implant surgeries at Melbourne’s Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry Centre are performed by Dr Nataniel Goldstein, a clinician with over 20 years experience, having worked alongside some of the world’s leading oral surgeons. Read more about Dr Goldstein…
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