are dental implants worth it?

If you have one or more missing teeth, there are several options for filling the gap and restoring the natural look and function of your smile. Dental implants are a popular choice for long-term tooth replacement, but it's important to do your research and find out as much as you can about this treatment to know if it's right for you.[1]

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate.[2] Unlike dentures or a dental bridge, implants are secured in the jaw bone where they act like the missing teeth roots to provide more stability for replacement teeth. These prosthetic teeth are designed by dentists to blend in with your other teeth and to look as natural as possible.[1]

Implants are made from titanium, a strong biocompatible material that can fuse with the jaw to support continuing bone growth. This means implants can avoid the sunken face look that sometimes follows tooth loss.[1]

Dental implants may be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth in a row or even all the teeth in your mouth using full arch implants.[3]

Can anyone have dental implants?

No. Your dentist will check your medical history and assess your oral health and jaws to determine if you're a suitable candidate for implant treatment.[2]

If you don't have enough bone in your jaw to support an implant, you may need a bone grafting procedure, which carries additional risks.[3] However, some types of implants are designed to be suitable for people with smaller jaws.

If you have an oral health problem such as gum disease or an infected tooth, this will need to be treated before an implant procedure can begin.[2]

Certain health conditions can also make people unsuitable for implants if they affect bone healing.[2]

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants are more expensive than crowns or dentures up-front. However, they will also usually last for longer – sometimes for a lifetime – which can make implants a one-time expense.[3] Your dentist will make sure you understand the costs and whether your treatment is covered by your health fund.[2]

What are the risks of dental implants?

Complications are rare if dental implant treatments are carried out by a qualified and experienced dentist. However, your dentist will still explain the possible risks before you agree to the treatment. These can include infections, damage to surrounding teeth and nerves or sinus problems.[2]

As oral surgery is involved, dental implants also have a longer recovery period than some other dental treatments. You should eat soft food after the treatment to give your mouth time to heal. It's normal to experience some pain, swelling, bruising or bleeding, which can be managed using medication or other remedies.[2]

What are the alternatives to implants?

If you're not sure whether dental implants are the right choice for you, your dentist will discuss other treatments they offer for replacing missing teeth. These may include a dental bridge to replace one or several teeth or full and partial dentures.[2]

Find out more about dental implants in Noosa

If you want to know more about dental implants, book a consultation with our dentists in Noosa today. Call Tewantin Dental Centre on (07) 5447 1361 or make an appointment online.

References

[1] American Dental Association. Implants [Online] 2012 [Accessed December 2018] Available from: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/implants

[2] Healthdirect. Dental implant [Online] 2017 [December 2018] Available from: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dental-implant

[3] Canadian Dental Association. Dental Implants - Replacing Missing Teeth [Online] 2006 [Accessed December 2018] Available from: http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/procedures/dental_implants/