Dental Implants Melbourne

Our teeth play an extremely important role not only within our mouths, but to our overall livelihood and wellbeing. At Optimal Dental we understand that the loss of a tooth, for whatever reason, can be a devastating occurrence.
The loss of a tooth can severely affect our eating habits and facial appearance. Dental Implants enable you to recover the natural functionality of your teeth and your beautiful smile.

What are Dental Implants?

A Dental Implant is simply a device designed to replace the root portion of the missing tooth. Surgically inserted into the jawbone, the Dental Implant will then permanently attach itself to the jawbone. The denture or other replacement tooth may then be permanently fastened into its place. Once this is complete, the tooth or teeth will look, feel and function much like natural teeth would.

What are the benefits of having Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to having dental implants as opposed to other treatments, some of which include the following:

  • Long term solution – As dental implants are made from a strong, bio-compatible titanium material, they can last up to a lifetime.
  • Functionality – Dental implants function as your normal teeth would, allowing you to talk, eat, laugh and smile without any interference. Previous denture wearers will thoroughly enjoy the ease to go about their daily lives without worrying, feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed.
  • Easy to care for – Patients who may have previously worn removable dentures will notice a significant difference as the only maintenance required is regular brushing and flossing.
  • Protection of healthy bone structure – Deterioration of the jawbone can occur when not supporting a natural tooth/teeth and dental implants provide that same stimulation to help grow and prevent bone loss.
  • No cavities – Dental implants are made of titanium, meaning that bacteria-causing cavities cannot accumulate. However, it's still necessary to maintain a good oral hygiene routine to protect the gums surrounding the implant.

Am I a suitable candidate for Dental Implants?

Suitability for dental implants will rely on a number of factors which will differ from patient to patient. Dr Roman Lohyn and his team will assess your situation to determine whether you are eligible and require dental implants. Characteristics that potential dental implant patients should possess include the following:

  • Sufficient bone density – Dental implants rely on healthy and strong jawbone tissue in order to have the implants placed. Poor bone density can pose implications as the implant will not be able to be held in place and reduce the likelihood for success.
  • Healthy gums – Gum disease (periodontal disease), poses a potential problems for implant candidates as advanced forms of periodontitis show bacteria to destroy gums, bone and the connective tissues on teeth roots. It is strongly advised that if you are suffering from gum disease, that the issue is addressed prior to implant surgery.
  • Good oral and overall health – Potential patients should possess an all-round general wellbeing to undertake dental implant surgery. This will demonstrate and reassure your ability to handle the procedure, along with any possible risks that may occur.
  • Willingness to commit to good oral hygiene and healthy habits – A strong commitment to developing and incorporating healthy regiments into one’s routine is ideal, as dental implants need to be cared for as you would for natural teeth. Dental implant patients need to maintain routine dental check-ups post-surgery and good oral hygiene.

There are also other contributing factors that will influence whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.

These factors include:

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking and alcohol intake
  • Bruxism
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Chemotherapy

How much are Dental Implants?

For each individual considering dental implants, it is important to note that the costs will vary dependent on the individual’s situation. The factors which will alter the cost of dental implants include pre-existing conditions, the type of implant, the number of implants required and the extent of the tooth and bone damage.

Are there any risks associated with Dental Implants?

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

Side effects of Dental Implants

As with most surgeries, it is expected that patients will experience some form of discomfort. This is no different from dental implants as there will be some post-operative healing that will occur. Some of the side effects that may occur after dental implant surgery include:

  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Implant failure
  • Sinus Issues
  • Nerve or tissue damage
  • Swelling
  • Infection

It is important to note that these side effects are only temporary and will diminish over time following the surgery. Dr Roman Lohyn and his team will ensure that you are provided with detailed instructions to follow pre and post-surgery to avoid and minimise any of the listed side effects.

Should you have any further questions, concerns or notice excessive bleeding, pain, swelling or any other issues whilst healing, please ensure you contact our team immediately.

How long will my Dental Implants last?

It is important that you maintain and care for your dental implants as they have the potential to last a lifetime. As crown, bridge or fixed denture will still be subjected to the same wear and tear as natural teeth would, these may need to be replaced should they weaken or break.

How to look after your Dental Implants

In order to ensure your dental implants live out their longevity, it is essential that you care for these in the same manner you would for natural, healthy teeth. It is recommended to brush your new teeth twice daily and regularly floss to remove any food debris, plaque and bacteria.

Dr Roman Lohyn will also advise you on how often regular check-ups will be required, as well as any professional cleanings if necessary.

An increasing number of people are replacing their Dentures with Dental Implants and are rediscovering how it feels to have teeth they don't need to take out. Dr Roman Lohyn has been practicing Implant Dentistry in the Melbourne area since the late 80's and is dedicated to helping you cope and recover from tooth loss. If you are interested in dental implants, please contact our team here at Optimal Dental to make an appointment with us today on (03) 9650 1660.

 

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