A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
At Dana Street Dental, our dentists understand how inhibiting missing teeth can be on your quality of life. Not only do missing teeth affect your smile, but also your ability to eat and speak. At our Ballarat practice, we believe everybody deserves a smile that they love. So, if you have gaps caused by missing teeth, you can count on us to find you a solution and provide you with the best possible dental care.
An increasingly popular choice for missing teeth amongst our patients in Ballarat and surrounds is dental implants. Dental implants provide an incredibly natural-looking and functioning replacement for missing teeth. What is more, they are made to last.
Don’t let missing teeth stop you from having a healthy and happy smile. Are you looking for professional dental implants Ballarat? Our experienced team of dentists can offer implants as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a complete smile makeover whilst delivering the best possible patient experience.
What is A Dental Implant?
It is a small, stand-alone titanium post that gets secured into your jawbone. A prosthetic tooth is then permanently attached to it. Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants do not need removing. This makes them a very convenient option for restoring your smile. Thanks to modern dentistry, the procedure for getting dental implants is also a lot simpler than it once was.
It’s important to note that replacing a missing tooth isn’t only important for aesthetic reasons. Gaps from missing teeth that are left to their own devices can have negative impacts on your oral health as well as the positioning of your other teeth and the shape of your jaw. When you are missing one or more teeth, your existing teeth get placed under excessive stress.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be life changing. They can help you improve the look and function of your smile, stop your remaining teeth from moving and also prevent bone loss. There are many other benefits you can enjoy from dental implants too, including:
Enhanced Self-Esteem and Boosted Confidence
Better Oral Health
The Dental Implant Process
The process for getting dental implants requires meticulous planning and various steps. As such, it is carried out over several appointments spread over a few months. After your initial consultation and your dentist determines you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, the next steps can begin:
The planning phase consists of your dentist taking you through a thorough oral examination. This will include them taking impressions of your teeth, digital images and any relevant radiographic imaging of your mouth.
Once the planning is complete, it’s time for the insertion of your dental implant/s. During this appointment, the site will be numbed before your dentist performs a small surgical procedure to insert the titanium fixture into your jawbone. This is done under local anaesthetic, but there is also the option for sleep dentistry for nervous patients.
A period of around 12 weeks is normally required for recovery. The recovery phase is needed for the surgical sites to heal and the dental implants to integrate with your surrounding jaw bone.
The final step of getting dental implants involves your dentist attaching your custom made prosthetic teeth to your dental implants. And your new and improved smile is good to go!