The loss of multiple teeth can cause significant changes to our day to day lives. Teeth work in groups together to spread the workload and when more than one tooth is lost, balance is lost and the remaining teeth have to work much harder for us to maintain our chewing efficiency.
The loss of a group of teeth affects our speech, our smile and most importantly, our confidence. When compared to other ways of replacing multiple teeth such as old fashioned dentures and dental bridges, dental implants have become the gold standard for restoring missing teeth.
The dental implant consists of three different parts. The dental implant itself is the screw that anchors itself into the bone, and that is the part that provides support to the ‘tooth’ when you chew. The second part is called the ‘abutment’ and that is an intermediary component that joins the ‘tooth’ to the dental implant screw itself. The third part is the part you see and use – and that is the dental implant crown or the ‘tooth’.
Steps to completing your multiple teeth implant journey
- First visit consultation – After an initial consult, we require further information to allow us to diagnose and treat the missing tooth appropriately. We may require some moulds taken to assess the bite as well as other diagnostic records such as x-rays to assess bone availability. Planning to this degree means we will have the most appropriate implant for the teeth before you even come in!
- Second phase implant placement – This is the visit where the dental implant screws are carefully placed with precision into the jaw bone for it to heal and support the planned teeth. If there is an extraction of a tooth to be done, often it is possible to place the implant at the same time – saving you having to go through multiple surgeries! Every care will be made to ensure you have the most pleasant experience, and we have different options for sedation and anxiolysis should you want to explore them.
- Third phase – The last phase of the implant treatment process is to restore the implant with a set of ‘teeth’. After an usual healing period of 3 – 6 months, the dental implants are ready to be put into use. An impression/mould will be taken of the implant to capture its location in your mouth and to the neighbouring teeth so we can carefully and expertly craft a tooth to restore the missing space!
The cost of a set of three teeth on two dental implants starts at $9,500. This is a package pricing that includes the dental implant screws, the implant abutments and the implant crowns. Please do note that the price may vary for each specific case as there are specific factors and clinical conditions that will play a part in the reconstruction of missing teeth. For example, some patients may require a bone graft or complete sedation services. For an accurate free quote, please book in for a complimentary consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an implant for every tooth missing?
Very few situations will require a dental implant for every tooth you have missing. A dental implant is so robust that we can reduce the number of implants you need when we are looking to restore multiple teeth. For example, for a series of three missing teeth, they can be supported by two dental implants if they are joined together as a set (or like a bridge).
What is a bone graft? Do I need one?
The normal healing process after having a tooth extracted is the jaw bone in the area shrinks. There is a considerable amount of change after a tooth extracted that a bone graft may sometimes be needed to improve the shape, quality and quantity of bone in the area – afterall, we want our implants to be in healthy and adequate bone!
With all surgical procedures, we would carefully assess your 3-D dental scan to allow us to determine the most optimal position for your dental implant. Your dental surgeon will discuss with you if a bone graft is needed for an optimal and long lasting result.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
A dental implant needs optimal oral care and hygiene. When a dental implant is appropriately cared for, they have a survival rate of more than 95% according to multiple published studies. A dental implant is an exceptional option to replacing a missing or a problematic tooth.
Am I able to have dental implants?
There are very few contra-indications when it comes to dental implants. Ideally, you would be fit and healthy. If you smoke, have periodontal (gum) disease or have a complex medical history such as osteoporosis, your dental surgeon will discuss with you what kind of care and considerations we would need before commencing dental implant treatment.
If you have multiple teeth missing, you may be a good candidate for dental implant treatment. Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing the fit, form and function of natural teeth.
Are dental implants safe?
A dental implant is made from a biocompatible material such as titanium (metallic) or zirconia (white ceramic). These biocompatible materials allow the implant to osseo-integrate (fuse) with the jaw bone. The bone supports the implant and the implant stimulates the jawbone – allowing it to maintain its volume and stability and not wasting away!
Dental implants are a surgical procedure and all surgical procedures carry risks. When placed by an appropriately trained and skilled dental surgeon, these risks and complications are very rare.
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