Get A Natural-looking Tooth Replacement With Single Tooth Implants
Missing a tooth is never a fun experience. If you don’t want to lose your smile or have an unsightly gap in your smile, then a single tooth implant could be the answer you’ve been looking for a very long time.
Tooth loss can negatively impact your oral health and self-confidence. With single dental implants, you can restore a natural-looking replacement that feels and looks like your real tooth.
Here at Maylands Dental Centre, we offer affordable solutions for dental implant options, so our patients can get all of their missing teeth replaced in just one visit. We also provide payment plans, so you don’t have to pay the total price upfront. Call us today at 08 9370 5464 for more information on how you can get your new smile!
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Frequently Asked Questions
The implant is surgical placed in the jaw. It resembles a screw and will be covered with a temporary tooth replacement. Once the implant and bone have fused and is strong enough for support, the artificial tooth will be attached, restoring your natural smile.
After your implant is placed, your new tooth replacement will enhance your chewing and speaking abilities. The implant will appear so natural that no one will be able to tell you’re missing a tooth. Due to their smooth and seamless appearance, implants provide a complete, natural-looking smile.
When a tooth is missing, the bite pressure on neighboring teeth can be affected. Additionally, the remaining teeth in your mouth must fill in the chewing and biting functions that were before performed by the missing tooth. It also leads to various problems, such as bone loss, tooth loss, shifting of surrounding teeth, and gum problems.
The implant screw itself can last a lifetime with proper care, assuming the patient receives regular dental check-ups every six months. However, the crown typically only lasts around 10 to 15 years before being replaced due to wear and tear.
Several characteristics may indicate that a person is not suitable for dental implants. In some instances, these concerns may delay your eligibility for dental implants until the underlying problem can be resolved. An experienced dentist will assess whether any of these concerns apply to you and affect your qualification for obtaining dental implants after taking a thorough medical history, reviewing the health of your gums and remaining natural teeth, and carefully examining dental pictures.
Listed below are some of the indications that you are not a good candidate for single dental implants:
Smoking slows the body’s natural healing process and interferes with osseointegration, the process by which a dental implant becomes bonded with your natural bone tissue. Patients who smoke are at a higher risk of infection and implant failure. Smokers may still be candidates for dental implants, provided they refrain from smoking for an acceptable period before and after the invasive procedure.
Untreated, severe gum disease damages both gum and bone tissue. If you have periodontal disease, you will not be a good candidate for dental implants until you have treated and controlled your gum disease.
Getting dental implants involves multiple surgical procedures spaced out over several months, including a relatively invasive procedure in which incisions are made into your gums, the material is taken from your jaw, implants are placed in your jaw, and sutures are placed. Any dental surgery can be a physically challenging treatment that requires an anesthetic and complete recovery before the procedure can proceed. To be a good candidate for dental implants, you must be in excellent enough dental health to undergo implant surgery and related treatments.
Diabetes has an impact on your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Because diabetic people have a more difficult time healing following implant placement surgery, you may be an unsuitable candidate for dental implants if your diabetes is not well-controlled. The dentist will advise you to postpone any consideration of obtaining dental implant procedures until your diabetes is under control.
Certain drugs, such as steroids and blood thinners, may have an impact on your eligibility for dental implants. It’s up to your dentist and treating physician to decide whether or not the risks associated with your current drugs can be minimized by reducing your dosage or stopping them altogether for a period of time.
Patients who are presently undergoing (or have previously had) radiation treatment to the face and neck are not good candidates for dental implants. Prior or ongoing radiation therapy increases the likelihood of implant failure by doubling or tripling it, albeit this effect is dependent on at least two significant conditions. First, let’s talk about where you got your radiation therapy and how much of your jaw was exposed to radiation. The second factor is the amount of radiation used. Some studies have found that radiation exposure may enhance a patient’s risk of implant failure. If you are now receiving or have recently had radiation. In that case, your dentist will need to talk with your oncologist to evaluate if you should pursue implants or how to reduce the chances of implant failure.
These are not the only factors influencing a potential patient’s suitability for dental implants. Pregnancy, age, bone density, and mass are also considered. To find out if you are a good candidate for implants based on any of these characteristics, schedule an appointment with us to see if dental implants are the best option for you.
Too many things can go wrong when patients choose not to get single-tooth dental implants – and patients who delay their dental implant surgery face similar issues. Even putting off a simple tooth extraction can be a significant mistake; the longer a poor tooth is in your mouth, the more damage it can do to your neighbouring teeth. Putting off or delaying dental implants makes dental problems worse.
If you choose to delay replacing missing teeth or skip treatment, you will likely have bone loss. Patients who postpone treatment may end up needing bone grafts before the implants can be fitted, which increases both the expense and the healing period. Most bone loss, typically a 25% decrease in bone mass, happens within the first year and worsens after that. Bone loss can cause instability in your remaining natural teeth and impact your bite.
The two alternatives for single-tooth implant treatments are as follows:
A dental bridge is also called a tooth-supported fixed bridge. When this tooth replacement option is chosen, the surrounding teeth will be crowned, with an artificial replacement tooth in between to replace the missing tooth. The neighboring teeth must first be prepared before the implant crowns can be correctly affixed, and this is a permanent tooth replacement alternative. A dental bridge can be made of various materials, giving patients options like porcelain, metal, gold, and so on.
Removable partial denture
A partial removable denture can replace a missing tooth and is a standard option for people who do not wish to wear a permanent dental bridge. The surrounding teeth frequently maintain a removable partial denture, which basically grips onto the teeth. Partial dentures are frequently made of acrylic or nylon and are a non-invasive choice preferred by many people who miss only one tooth.
The cost of single tooth implants will vary depending on various factors, including the number of teeth that need to be replaced and whether a bone transplant or sinus lift is required. In Western Australia, the average cost of a single dental implant might cost around $3,000 to $5,000. If you will be needing bone grafts, sinus lift or other treatments, the cost may vary accordingly.