Dental Implants Brisbane
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Metal-Free Dental Implants (Biocompatible Dental Implants)
Dental implants are the most natural way to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth due to injury or disease. At Healthy Dentistry in Brisbane's CBD, our modern and holistic dental centre provides a metal-free dental implant service. Our guarantee ensures that only safe and biocompatible implants are used.
What is a metal-free dental implant?
An implant is a revolutionary artificial tooth and root option for replacing missing teeth without harming surrounding teeth. Originally a titanium or titanium alloy post (artificial tooth root) was surgically placed into a candidate’s jawline. Over a short period of time, new bone cells grow around the root, allowing it to permanently integrate into the jaw. This screw will now act as an anchor to hold a prosthetic tooth replacement or implant-supported bridge (multiple teeth) in place. More recently a metal-free ceramic option for the root replacement has been developed in Europe and is now available in Australia.
The Modern Teeth Replacement Alternative
The appearance of your teeth plays a vital role in the overall composition of your facial aesthetics. Pristine looking teeth can totally rejuvenate your smile – enhancing your facial appearance while giving you the confidence to smile more often.
When your teeth are badly decayed or missing, you may wish to carefully consider the available options to replace your permanent natural teeth. In the past, the only options you had were a bridge or denture. Modern advances in dental technology have given us a great alternative in dental implants.
Dental implants have set a new benchmark for restorative practice throughout the world. Strategically placed in areas of the mouth where there are missing teeth, implants make an excellent restorative choice due to their natural aesthetics, stability and durability.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The implant technique involves placing “root-like” posts directly in the jawbone to act as anchors for your artificial teeth. Besides delivering replacement teeth with unprecedented stability and strength, dental implants provide a host of benefits to tooth loss patients.
High success rates
According to findings compiled by the Australian Dental Association, dental implants enjoy a success rate of between 90-98%. That statistic shows a very high rate of success for achieving positive results from your implant treatment.
It also helps that our dentists are highly experienced and utilize the latest equipment, tools and techniques in their implant work, all of which contribute to the predictability of implant success.
Research has shown that properly maintained dental implants can last for more than 35 years. In fact, if you take good care of your dental implants – with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist – it is possible that they might even last a lifetime. Although costlier than removable dentures, the long-term savings that dental implants offer as the more durable alternative should be factored into your consideration.
Feel and function like real teeth
Dental implants are permanently fixed to your existing bone structure. They provide unprecedented support for your new set of artificial teeth.
Unlike fixed bridges, dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone and do not depend on your remaining teeth for support. They also feel more secure in your mouth than dentures – that may slide or move without any warning thus causing potential embarrassment.
Attached to the “root-like” posts, your implant-supported replacement teeth will remain firm and solid. More importantly, they feel and function like your own teeth. With dental implants, you don’t have to change your diet to accommodate your dentures or put up with the hassles of removing them for regular cleans. Basically, you can treat your new implants like your own natural teeth!
Bone loss prevention
Dental implants integrate with your jawbone through a biological process known as osseointegration. The biocompatible implants not only help to stabilise your facial structure, they prevent bone loss and gum recession.
When your teeth are missing, the supportive bone of the once healthy teeth begins to deteriorate – the process is known as bone resorption. By forming a strong bond to the bone, the dental implant actually helps to prevent bone resorption while supporting the same functions as natural tooth roots. That is another reason why dental implant patients often remark that the results feel and function like real teeth.
Look like real teeth
In conjunction with your tooth-coloured implants, our natural-looking prosthetics will blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. The advances of modern day dental materials have made it possible for your implant-supported teeth to look indistinguishable from your natural teeth – even upon close scrutiny!
Why Metal Free Dental Implants Are Better For You
Metal-free dental implants offer a wealth of benefits to successful candidates:
Safety– Biocompatible materials ensure that the immunosuppression of titanium and the electrical battery effect of metals is avoided. Filling in a missing tooth alleviates pressure on surrounding teeth, preventing crooked teeth, associated gum disease and further tooth loss.
Restored natural function – Bite is no longer compromised. Patients can comfortably consume a normal, unrestricted diet and speak clearly. Dental implants are also visually pleasing; colour matched and blend in with natural neighbouring teeth.
Confidence – Dental implants are permanently fixed, so the fear of moving or falling out while laughing, speaking or singing is eliminated.
Convenience – No adhesives are required. Dental implants can be easily cleaned, just like natural teeth.
Matching colour – We use tooth-coloured abutments that perfectly match with the rest of your natural teeth. This gives a harmonious look and feel to the implanted teeth, especially crucial for implant-supported frontal teeth.
Better dental health – We utilise highly corrosion-resistant material which means that there is virtually no danger of corrosion with our metal-free implants. The material is also highly resistant to heat and impact. Unlike their titanium counterparts, metal-free implants consist of a single-piece rather than two-piece structure. This greatly reduces the risk of gum bacterial growth, which typically occurs around the connecting region of two-piece structures.
Last but not least, patients who dislike the idea of having metal inserted in their mouths would easily appreciate this safe and comfortable option.
Have you lost a tooth or several teeth? Schedule a dental assessment with Dr. Marhfour and the Brisbane team at Healthy Dentistry today to discuss your treatment options and suitability for a dental implant. (07) 3210 2055
Metal Free Dental Implants FAQs
Who will make a suitable candidate for dental implants?
Broadly speaking, any person who is missing one or more teeth may be a suitable candidate. If you can withstand any other oral procedures, there is no reason to believe that you will not be able to handle this type of surgery. However, there are certain groups of patients who may not be suitable.
A person who suffers from jawbone disease would not be suitable. As dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, adequate bone mass and stability are important criteria for a successful procedure. Since the implant surgery is administered under general anaesthesia, those who have issues with this type of sedation would have to consider another form of treatment. Pregnant women should also wait until they give birth before undergoing implant surgery.
In any case, we will evaluate your situation and advise whether or not you are suitable for this treatment. The dentist will carry out a thorough evaluation of your physical and mental condition. This may involve careful examination of your teeth, gums and mouth as well as x-rays, blood tests, and other diagnostic tests. Ultimately, both you and your dentist are in the best position to determine whether you are healthy enough to undergo the surgery.
What is the process of the implant surgery like?
The dental implant treatment involves a multi-phase approach and may take a while before you get to see the final results. The duration of the treatment depends on the condition of your teeth, underlying bone structure and the number of teeth you are treating.
At the first stage, the dentist will make an incision in your gums and drill a hole in your jawbone, into which the implant is to be placed. Following that, the implant will be carefully placed and your gums sutured before the healing process begins. During this period of about three to six months, the implant is left undisturbed so that it is allowed to biologically fuse with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration.
Once the bone cells have grown around the implant and hold it firmly in place, the dentist will attach a small metal post (abutment) to the implant using a quick and painless procedure. Now the implant is ready to serve as anchor for your prosthetic teeth.
The last stage of the surgery involves the creation of the artificial teeth. Impressions of your teeth and jaws will be taken to design a model of your mouth (with the attached abutments). Based on the precise measurements of the model, the prosthesis will be created at a dental lab. The dentist will then fix the implants via the abutments to your implants and make sure it physically fits and aesthetically blends with the rest of your teeth.
Is the implant procedure painful?
As with any surgical procedure, you can expect some pain but as most patients will attest, the pain is quite minimal. Nevertheless, the dentist will provide prescription medication to minimise any pain you may feel. For many patients, talking over-the-counter pain medication one day after the surgery is enough to take the edge off. If you experience post-surgery pain beyond the first two days, you will be asked to return to the clinic to make sure the healing process is not hindered in any way. In the unlikely event of an infection, the dentist will deal with it immediately.