Dental Implants in Melbourne
Are you searching for something to reliably take the place of your missing tooth? Or teeth? Dr. Cedric Chenet, Dr. Derek Chenet, and Dr. Veronica Yu can help! For patients who would like to receive a permanent substitute for one or more missing teeth, one that has the most lifelike and longest lasting results available, we may recommend that you take advantage of our affordable dental implants.
Dental Implant Placement
First, dental implants are surgically placed beneath the gum line according to your treatment plan. Each implant post takes the place of a missing tooth’s root. Dental implant placement is performed under local anesthesia. Once the procedure is complete, stitches close the area and healing begins. The recovery period between placement and final restoration (when the crown, bridge, or denture is affixed on top) usually occurs over the course of four to eight months.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Patients who are missing one or several teeth but still have some natural teeth remaining can benefit from an implant-retained crown or bridge. A single crown takes the place of one missing tooth, while an implant-retained bridge fills in the gap left by two or more teeth. A crown is fixed, but a bridge can be fixed or removable. Both provide wonderful stability and prevent the surrounding natural teeth from drifting out of place.
Dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, but many patients struggle to find a proper fit that is both comfortable and reliable. Traditional prosthetics can slip or slide around at the most inconvenient of times. Patients who are eligible for dental implants can now rejoice — implants can provide far superior stability for a complete or partial denture. What’s more, because they stabilize the jaw bone and promote better oral health, implant-retained dentures can also help you maintain your youthful facial structure for longer.
Mini Dental Implants
When dental implants must be placed in areas where there is insufficient bone structure or if there is a tight squeeze in the jawbone, mini dental implants can provide wonderful stability for a tooth replacement. Just like the name implies, mini dental implants are very similar to the traditional type — just smaller. Because their placement is simpler, they are also a good option for patients who may not have been eligible for dental implants in the past.
All-on-4 is a method of securing a complete denture using as few as four dental implants. Thanks to the strategic placement of each individual implant, which helps to draw the maximum support from the jaw bone, All-on-4 provides significant security for a complete denture in the upper or lower jaw. This treatment can actually be completed in a single day, which is why All-on-4 is often referred to as Teeth-In-A-Day.
Cost of Dental Implants
When you are planning for dental implants, the cost of the procedure is a big factor to consider -- and the final price tag will depend on a few things in particular. During a consultation, Dr. Chenet will consider how many teeth you are missing, where along the jaw they are located, and other factors to give you an estimate for what you can expect to pay. Once we have a number in mind, we can discuss ways to make your dental implant procedure fit squarely within your budget.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement available, making them the premier choice for our patients. However, if you’re like most, you probably have questions about implants and the process of receiving them. That’s why Dr. Chenet has included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants in Melbourne. Keep reading to get the information you need and satisfy your curiosity before committing to this treatment.
Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?
Dental implants have quickly become so popular because they offer patients benefits that they simply couldn’t get with other options. Primarily, dental implants provide you with unmatched stability, allowing you to confidently chew, speak, and laugh without having to worry about replacement teeth sliding around. Additionally, dental implants are the only replacement solution that stimulates the jawbone to prevent it from deteriorating after tooth loss. Plus, we can use dental implants to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even entire smiles.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Another reasons why implants get chosen over other options is their longevity. With proper care, the dental implants themselves can last for a lifetime. It’s important that you practice daily brushing and flossing as well as visiting our office routinely for checkups. By maintaining a good oral health routine, patients can get the most out of their dental implants. However, it’s important to know that your restorations will eventually need replacing.
Does it Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
Because dental implants require surgery, many patients are fearful that the procedure is painful. However, Dr. Chenet ensures that all of his patients are numb and comfortable before beginning. He also offers sedation dentistry for patients who want to feel a greater sense of relaxation. While there is some slight soreness after the fact, implant patients relate the surgery to a simple tooth extraction!
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
The material that dental implants are made of is the key to their success. The implant posts are created from titanium, which is a biocompatible material that allows them to fuse to the jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your body. This process is called osseointegration—a healing period that takes at least 3 to 4 months. While this may seem like a lengthy waiting period, it’s precisely what allows patients to enjoy their dental implants for decades to come.
How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?
The number of dental implants necessary will directly depend on how many teeth you’re missing. In some cases, Dr. Chenet may even recommend using 2 implants to support a single, bigger tooth. However, in other cases, he can use an average of 4 dental implants to support an entire row of teeth. Because each patient’s smile is different, it’s difficult to provide you with a precise estimate before examining your mouth and the number of teeth you’re missing.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today to learn more!