Dental Implants

Dental implants in Campsie

Dental implants* can replace missing teeth down to the roots. They’re a fixed solution for missing teeth and can provide both functional and cosmetic improvement of dental structure.

Our dentists at Campsie Street Dental are experienced in implant placement regardless of whether you want to replace many teeth or just one tooth. We can help you understand what the treatment involves and any alternatives so that you can decide if a dental implant is the right choice for you.

If you have missing teeth, talk to our dentists in Sydney to find out if you’re suitable for an implant or other treatments. Call us today on (02) 9718 7907 to arrange a consultation

What are dental implants

Tooth implants are small screw-like structures made of medical titanium, a biocompatible metal that can fuse with your jawbone to hold the implant securely in place. Implants are designed to function just like real tooth roots and can be covered by a natural-looking crown or removable denture to restore the look, feel and function of your teeth.

At Campsie Street Dental, we can replace one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth with dental implants, depending on your needs.

Are you a likely candidate for implants?

A missing tooth can affect more than your appearance. It can also make it challenging to eat, can trap food or bacteria and allow the teeth on each side of the gap to start shifting and become crooked.

Dental implants can be a fixed solution for missing teeth. There’s no upper age limit for implant treatment. Not everyone is suitable, however. Usually, it is not an option for children or young adults whose jaws are still growing or developing. We can discuss your eligibility during your consultation.

Your teeth and gums need to be healthy before implants can be placed, or there could be a risk of implant failure. This could mean giving up smoking, improving your oral hygiene or having other dental treatments first.

There also needs to be enough bone in your upper or lower jaw to support an implant. We may recommend a bone grafting procedure.* This involves relocating bone from another part of your body to increase the mass in your jaw. Be aware that this can add months to your treatment time and you may not be suitable for bone grafting if you have certain health conditions.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants have several advantages over bridges and dentures as a solution for missing teeth. These include:

  • Longer lifespan – titanium implants are often more durable than many other types of materials or restorations
  • Natural feel – because implants are secured in your jaw like tooth roots, they tend to be fixed and less likely to slip or cause issues when you speak or chew
  • Low maintenance – once your implant is placed, it will generally require less maintenance or work than dentures or a bridge. However, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to help prevent problems that could lead to an implant failure.

How is an implant placed?

If you choose to have a dental implant, we’ll check that your mouth is healthy and schedule your first appointment. Implant treatments can be carried out under local anaesthesia.

If you have enough bone in your jaw to support an implant, we can remove previous tooth remnants if any, and place the implant in your jaw. We can then let it bond naturally with your jawbone, which can take several months. If you need a bone grafting procedure first, it could be up to 6 months before we can begin the implant treatment.

We can check whether the implant has securely fused with your jaw, and then bond your replacement tooth over the top. This can be colour-matched to your other teeth aiming for a seamless finish. During your recovery, it is recommended that you avoid exertion and chewing on hard foods until your replacement tooth has bonded. We also recommend that you continue to maintain good oral hygiene habits to help avoid complications such as implant failure.

Alternatives to implants

If you’re not eligible for dental implants, or if you prefer a different treatment, we can discuss all the alternatives with you during your consultation so you can make an informed decision. Other options for replacing a missing tooth include:

Dental bridge

If you only need to replace one tooth or several teeth, a bridge could be an alternative to an implant that’s generally less invasive. The disadvantages of a bridge are that it doesn’t support bone growth in your jaw and usually doesn’t last as long as an implant.

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Full or partial dentures can be a convenient option for replacing a number of missing teeth, though like bridges they won’t support your jaw. You may be able to combine the best of both worlds with implant-supported dentures replacing several teeth or an entire row of teeth with just four implants.

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Make an appointment

To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, book a consultation with our Campsie Street dentists today. Call us on (02) 9718 7907 or book an appointment online.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.