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

Apart from restoring function, dental implants can also restore your smile. Both lead to having more self-confidence and an enhanced level of self-esteem.

Improved Speech

After having lost one or more teeth, it is possible to experience slurring as your facial muscles begin to change. Having dental implants fixed in place can rebuild these muscles and improve your speech over time.

Superior Comfort

Where dentures can slip and move around, dental implants are fixed in your mouth. They eventually become a ‘part of you’, offering exceptional comfort. Eventually, you won’t even know they are there.

Better Oral Health

Dental implants are stand-alone and do not use adjacent teeth as anchors. This means that all your remaining teeth remain untouched, sustaining as much of their natural structure as possible. Having a dental implant in place of a gap also means less place for bacteria to get trapped. So, less chance of tooth decay and gum disease.

Dietary Benefits

Dental implants make eating easy. Without dentures moving around in your mouth, you can chew and eat your preferred foods with ease and confidence.

Convenience

You can think of a dental implant the same way you would one of your natural teeth. It looks the same, acts the same and needs the same care. As dental implants don’t need anything “special” for maintenance purposes, nor to be removed at night, they are exceptionally convenient.

Long-Lasting

Dental implants are incredibly durable. With the right care, they may last you a lifetime.

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:

Planning

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.

Inserting the Implants

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.

Recovery

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.

Crown Placement

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!

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