Dental implants are a permanent, secure, and natural-looking restorative dentistry solution for missing teeth replacement. Many patients prefer dental implants to alternatives like partial or full dentures and dental bridges because they look and feel natural. 

If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, dental implants can revitalise your appearance, rejuvenate your oral health and restore your ability to laugh, eat, talk and smile with confidence.  

You may be wondering, are dental implants safe? Dental implants are safe when an experienced and highly-trained dentist installs them. Interested in finding a dentist that offers consultation? Dr Barwin Yee is an experienced dental implant dentist who restores smiles with customised dental implants for patients in Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay and Double Bay, NSW. Dr Yee is certified in the Straumann, Branemark and Osstem implant systems. 

 

What is a dental implant? 

A dental implant is a tiny biocompatible titanium post that is surgically embedded into your jawbone. It mimics a tooth root and provides the anchor for the prosthetic tooth. One dental implant is placed in your jaw for each missing tooth, or only a few to secure dentures or a bridge.  

Dental implants restore dental structure to make your face appear fuller and more youthful. They are also the only missing teeth restoration that prevents jawbone deterioration. 

 

Are dental implants right for me? 

Dr Yee performs a comprehensive examination that includes examining your teeth and gums as well as using the latest digital technology and X-rays to ensure you have adequate bone structure for the safe placement of your dental implants. He will also evaluate your medical history to assess your candidacy for dental implant surgery.   

If you do not have sufficient bone density for dental implant surgery, you may need a bone graft first. This can take an additional 4-6 months to heal and fuse with your existing jawbone fully. 

You may also need additional extractions to make room for the implant, denture, or bridge. If you have active gum disease or any underlying health issues, you may not be a candidate for dental implants until these are resolved.

The dental implant surgery process 

The dental implant is surgically placed into your jawbone, and it takes about 3-6 months for the jawbone to fuse with the implant. Once the site is healed, Dr Yee adds the connector or abutment which connects the dental implants to the dental crown, and once that has healed, he adds the dental crown. The entire process can take about 6-9 months without additional surgeries like a bone graft or sinus lift.   

 

 

Are dental implants safe? 

If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, you may be considering getting a dental implant and wondering, “Are dental implants safe?” Here are several reasons why dental implants are an excellent and safe tooth replacement option. 

 

  • High success rate

Dental implants have a success rate of 98%. As with any dental surgery, there are risks involved, but the likelihood of implant failure is minimal.  

 

  • Safe and Conservative surgery

Dental bridges require preparing healthy adjacent teeth to act as anchors for the prosthetic teeth. Dental implants are placed in your jawbone to anchor a dental crown, so your healthy teeth are preserved. 

 

  • Maintains jawbone

When teeth are missing, the jawbone is reabsorbed and can affect the integrity of your facial structure, making you look older. Dental implants stimulate and maintain the jawbone for a more youthful appearance. 

 

  • Long-lasting dental restoration 

Dental implants are made from titanium or titanium alloys so they do not decay or get cavities and can last a lifetime with an effective at-home oral routine and regular dental checkups. 

Dental implants are strong and can withstand the same daily use as your natural teeth, but they are also vulnerable to some of the same issues. Gum disease, bruxism and injuries that can knock out or chip the dental implant can affect its longevity.   

 

How to improve your chances of dental implant success?

  • Don’t delay in getting dental implant surgery after you lose a tooth because the implant needs jawbone depth and width for support 
  • Choose an experienced dental implant surgery dentist offering a consultation to discuss your options 
  • Follow all aftercare instructions
  • Quit smoking because nicotine interferes with the body’s ability to heal
  • Limit your alcohol consumption because it can increase the risk of implant failure  

 

Contact Bay Studio Dental for a consultation 

Dental implants are an investment in your oral health because they are a permanent restorative solution. They are also cost-effective over the long run because they can last for decades with good care from you and your dentist.   

If you are ready to restore your smile, dental implants are a permanent and natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Schedule a consultation at your local dental clinic. Call us on (02) 9158 6723.

 

 

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

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