Dental Implants

Need implants to lock in dentures or replace missing or broken teeth?

I see many people from the Sunshine Coast who want to know more about dental implants so I have written this to help you understand what they are all about.

If your dentures are loose or you can’t bite into an apple… a steak… or any of your favourite foods because they give you a problem then implants could be the answer. Implants can lock your dentures firmly in place… rock solid… so you never have those problems again. You can eat what you like whenever you like, no problems!

And implants are great to replace missing teeth too! If you are missing one or more teeth, been told you need a crown or have a tooth that just doesn’t look right then dental implants may be the answer for you! Implants are the simple and easy way to replace missing or problem teeth so that they look natural and work just like nature intended… and they don’t weaken or rely on neighbouring teeth.

What is an implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth “root” used to support an artificial tooth or group of teeth.

Almost all dental implants are placed in the jaw bone and can be used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. A typical implant consists of a titanium screw made out of commercially pure titanium which is screwed or cemented once in place.

After allowing time (around 6 weeks) for the bone around the implant to bond with the implant, a tooth or teeth can be placed on the implant or your dentures locked into place.

Naturally the amount of time required to place an implant and for it to bond with the bone will vary depending on the quality and quantity of the bone in which it is placed and the difficulty of the individual situation.
The best way to find out whether implants are right for you is to phone and arrange a time to meet me and my team. I can see what shape your mouth and gums are in, explain your options and exactly how I’ll do the implants. Naturally I’ll tell you the costs involved and then you can decide what you want to do… you won’t be put under any pressure. Rest assured, you’ll feel relaxed comfortable and confident.

Been told you need a bridge or crowns?

Perhaps you have seen a dentist recently who has suggested that you might need a bridge or crown or maybe you have heard friends talking about having a bridge or teeth crowned and you think that you might be a candidate for such dental work. If you’re anywhere on the Sunshine Coast and need some advice on bridges and crowns you’ll find it here.

Whatever the reason you would like to know what may be involved in these procedures or you’re considering it and are worried about the expense of such treatment.

What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?

Both crowns and most bridges are like replacement parts for your teeth and once in place they’re there for a long time and will mean that your teeth will both look and function naturally. They’re different to dentures (or false teeth) that you can take out and clean daily because they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

A crown can be used to cover or “cap” a damaged or broken tooth. Once it is in place it looks your own tooth, strengthens the tooth and improves the appearance a tooth.

Crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic material which can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Sometime gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic will be used and I will always recommend the type of crown I think will do the best job for you and your teeth.

Generally, I will recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

The reason for bridges is simple. When you are missing one or more teeth a bridge may be indicated a gap left by missing teeth can eventually cause remaining teeth to drift or fall into the empty spaces. That would give you problems with your bite (the way your teeth work for you).

A missing tooth or teeth can play havoc with your mouth and lead to gum disease and headache, migraine and pain in the jaw, neck or shoulder because of what is called call TMJ pain (TMJ means temporomandibular joint and is the joint just in front of each ear, where your jaw bone connects to your skull).

A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth because it does exactly as the name suggests… span the space where the teeth are missing. The bridge is cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space and they serve as anchors for the bridge. Each of those teeth is covered with a crown and the replacement tooth or teeth are attached to those crowns.

Similar to crowns there is a choice of materials for bridges and I’ll help you decide what is best for you taking into account its location and function, how you want it to look and, most importantly, the cost.

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

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