Demystifying Dental Implants- Not as Scary as They Sound

 

A dental implant can be a solution when you have a missing tooth or have lost multiple teeth.

 

Your tooth is made up of two components; the root (portion below the gum) and the crown (white tooth portion visible above the gum). In a dental implant crown, there are also two components; a dental implant or titanium “root” that is fused to the bone, to which a crown is attached.

 

When your tooth is lost, its surrounding bone and gum would begin to shrink. Over time, this may result in problems, such as shifting of your other teeth and reduced lip or cheek support. By having a dental implant in place of the missing tooth, and providing that surrounding bone and gum are kept clean and healthy, the above described problems can be minimised.

 

Dental implants can look and function like a natural tooth, making it easier for you to eat, talk, as well as creating a beautiful smile. Though, this can only be achieved with careful assessment and planning, precision in implant surgery and implant crown construction.

 

Our clinicians at Perth Prosthodontics will begin the procedure by assessing your gum, bone, nerve and blood vessel supply, and nasal sinus during an oral examination with the aid of 3D imaging (CTScan) and xrays. With the use of advanced digital technology, the most suitable dental implant is selected for your situation and a device “jig” is made for guided implant surgery with absolute precision and safety in mind.

 

For simple implant placements, a local anaesthetic is given before placing the dental implant into the jaw bone. A healing cap is placed, allowing for gums to heal and for bone to fuse to the dental implant surface, which often takes around 3 months.

 

Once our clinicians have confirmed successful healing, an impression is then taken to construct the implant crown (bridge, denture etc). An animated video of this procedure can be found on our page. In some instances, the implant crown or bridge can be attached onto dental implant immediately after its placement into the jaw bone.

 

There are many factors that influence the success and lifespan of a dental implant. When used in optimal situations, dental implants enjoy a high success rate in excess of 95%. However, this means that 1 in 20 implants may fail to fuse with the bone or become loose after a period of use. Higher risk of implant failures has been found in cases where:

  • there has been poor surgical and prosthetic expertise
  • in patients with poorly controlled diabetes
  • uncontrolled gum disease
  • poor oral hygiene
  • cancer radiotherapy to jaw bone area
  • use of bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis
  • long term and heavy smokers

 

At Perth Prosthodontics, our clinicians are highly trained to balance all pros and cons for you. We do not prescribe implants, if it is not the best solution for you. We take pride in helping our patients to decide if dental implants are the best solution when weighed against other treatment alternatives, which can be more conservative, effective and may even cost less, but can still provide an equally satisfactory result.

 

Our clinicians are highly trained and their skill is showcased through our portfolio.

 

More information on what we offer can be found under our treatment page.

 

Please reach out to our friendly staff to find out more about dental implants; contact us today on 9368 0888.

 

All you need to know about Veneers

What is it? What are they for? Do I need them? Cost?

Typically, people choose to get veneers for cosmetic reasons, particularly if they wish to improve the appearance of their front teeth. For instance, they may be unhappy with their discoloured teeth, poor shape and size, crooked teeth, chipped or broken teeth.

Veneers can be made from Ceramic (Porcelain) or Composite (Plastic Filling) materials which are bonded onto the prepared front surface of teeth to camouflage these cosmetic problems. Ceramic Veneer being custom made by a master dental technician is far superior in its quality than a Composite Veneer – in terms of “imitation of natural teeth appearance”, stain resistance and strength for long term use.

A prosthodontist who has undertaken formal advanced postgraduate training in dento-facial and smile analysis can determine what you really need after initially assessing your teeth. Our experienced team at Perth Prosthodontics will help you create a natural and pleasing smile.

As good as it sounds, not everyone needs veneers. In some cases, other less invasive options are available. For example, the best solution to your presenting problem may be orthodontic treatment (braces) and teeth whitening instead.

Should veneers be a good option for you, the next question that comes to mind is often cost. Simply put, the cost of veneers really comes down to the number of veneers required, the type of material (Ceramic vs Composites), and the expertise of the prosthodontist and master dental technician. When it comes to good and long-lasting dental work – high quality material must be used, all aspects must be carefully planned and meticulously performed – nothing can be spared.

 

Please contact us today to find out more about veneers.

Additional information on veneers can also be found here.

 

 

Dental Tourism – Food for Thought

Unfortunately, it is all too common for Australian dental practitioners to encounter patients suffering from poor quality work received overseas. What can be more unfortunate for most of these patients is the lack of recourse available against a foreign practice for their negligent or incompetent service.

The resulting cost of the dental repair can then exceed the amount the patient would have paid had they elected to undergo treatment on Australian soil. Furthermore, as a patient of the Australian dental system, you are protected by strict governing bodies and regulatory authorities that ensure quality of service, practitioner conduct and redress in the event of concerns.

It is unlikely that many foreign nations, especially developing ones, adhere to health and safety standards as stringent and professional as those of Australia, and other first world nations like it. Travelling for dentistry work will put you at risk of having unsterile equipment used upon you, exposing you to risks of infection and serious medical conditions. More importantly, should a complication place you in an emergency situation, you will be at the mercy of a foreign medical system.

Further, should you require radiotherapy and elect to undergo treatment overseas, you may be unwittingly placing yourself in serious danger. In Australia, the Department of Health ensures that all X-ray equipment used for dentistry is both licensed and maintained for accurate dosage and prevention of radiation leaks. In foreign countries, particularly those where profits speak more loudly than results, you may be less able to count upon such safety.

Australia’s dentists issue warning about ‘dental tourism’: Don’t gamble with your wallet or your dental health – Media Release from ADA

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