If you are you self-conscious about missing teeth or wearing dentures, regain your confidence with dental implants. Ideal for replacing missing or badly diseased teeth and a great alternative to dentures, dental implants are the most natural looking restoration option.
If missing teeth have you feeling shy and insecure, dental implants are the perfect option for restoring a beautiful and natural looking smile that lights up every room.
A dental implant is a screwlike anchor that is used as an artificial replacement for natural tooth roots. Made of materials that are compatible with the human body, such as titanium, implants have been used for decades in upper and lower jaws. By attaching to the jawbone and gum tissue, they provide a stable base for artificial replacement teeth, such as dental crowns, bridges and dentures.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth, or to support partial or full dentures. Implants and crowns remain inside the mouth and do not require any adhesives to hold them in place.
Dental implant treatment generally takes several months and follows a three-step process.
Dental procedures can be a costly expense for regular patients, but Smile members receive a guaranteed saving of at least 15% off all dental treatments.
A simple single dental implant can cost up to $5,661 (in Qld). A more complex single dental implant can range from $5,500 to $6,500. An all-on-4 dental implant procedure can cost between $20,000 to $30,000.
For Smile members dental implants are much more affordable as Smile members save a guaranteed minimum 15% off all dental treatment at Smile approved practices across Australia.
Simply select your state for the relevant Smile member savings.
There are 3 different types of dental implants. Depending on your individual circumstances, your Smile approved dental professional will decide which kind is best suited to you.
Cylinder or screw-shaped, endosseous implants are made of metal, ceramic or ceramic-coated metal and are placed within the jawbone.
Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal framework that attaches on top of the jawbone but underneath the gum tissue.
Transosteal implants are either a metal pin or a u-shaped frame that passes through the jawbone and the gum tissue into the mouth.
The procedure of inserting a single dental implant takes approximately 1-2 hours.
The recovery time for dental implants is dependent on the patient, and it differs from one individual to another. Depending on your circumstances, the downtime could be a couple of days or a couple of weeks. On average, it takes just a couple of days to feel back to normal. The complete healing of your jawbone and gum tissue takes approximately 3-6 months.
Dental implants have proven to be a safe and effective solution for replacing teeth for over 30 years. Made from materials that work well with the human body, dental implants serve as a strong and safe foundation for replacement teeth.
Any risks and side effects are rare and easily treated. These can include:
Although uncommon and usually minor, it is important to contact your Smile-approved dentist if you experience any of these side effects.
Once healed, dental implants should be painless and comfortable. Immediately after surgery, however, discomfort and mild pain is expected to last up to a week. Your dentist may prescribe you something for the pain and to avoid infection; otherwise, over-the-counter painkillers can help to manage the pain.
If cared for correctly, your dental implant should last a lifetime. The artificial replacement tooth attached, however, be it a dental crown, bridge or denture, does have a lifespan, which is generally between 5-15 years depending on how well it is cared for.
Different dental implants may require different care. Your dentist will ensure you are equipped with the correct products, such as special brushes, to care for your implants.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital for preventing infection around your dental implant. With thorough cleaning and frequent visits to your dentist for professional cleaning and maintenance, your dental implants will be well looked after, allowing you to enjoy them for many years to come.
To ensure that your dental care is more affordable and professional, join Smile. If you would like more information simply call Smile on 1300 238 648.
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