Missing or damaged teeth can have a major influence on our lives, impacting how we feel, smile and our ability to chew food. Fortunately, dental implants provide the perfect option for replacing missing teeth. A titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone, substituting the missing root and providing the ideal structure to support replacement teeth. The outcome is teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials such as titanium or zirconia, which fuse with the underlying bone over time to create a stable foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone in place of a missing tooth root. The implant is usually cylindrical in shape and has a rough surface to allow for better integration with the surrounding bone tissue. Once implanted, the bone and implant will fuse together through a process known as osseointegration, providing the necessary stability and support for the prosthetic crown or bridge.
Dental implants are considered one of the most effective and long-lasting methods of tooth replacement available today. Unlike conventional dentures or bridges that sit on top of the gums, dental implants integrate with the jawbone to provide superior support and prevent deterioration of the underlying bone tissue. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch of teeth.
Full arch dental implants, also known as the All-on-4 procedure, are a great way to replace a full set of teeth in a single procedure. The All-on-4 procedure is a revolutionary dental implant technique that involves the placement of four strategically placed titanium implants into the jawbone. These implants act as the foundation for a full-arch dental prosthesis. This procedure is becoming increasingly popular due to its effectiveness and convenience. It can be completed in one day, and the results are permanent.
The dental implant procedure typically consists of the following four stages:
The entire process can take anywhere from a few months to a year or more, depending on the complexity of the case and the individual’s healing capacity.
The first stage of the procedure involves a thorough examination of the patient’s dental and medical history, physical evaluation, and diagnostic tests such as CT scans. This helps the dentist determine whether dental implants are the right solution for the patient and develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses their specific needs.
Some patients may feel anxious about undergoing surgery to place dental implants. However, modern techniques such as computer-guided implant placement or sedation can help minimise discomfort and speed up recovery time.
Once the treatment plan is in place, the next step is to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. This is usually done under local anaesthesia or IV sedation to ensure that the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure.
While there is some risk involved in any surgical procedure, dental implant surgery has a high success rate (up to 98%) and carries very low risks of complications when performed by an experienced implant dentist.
Dental implants provide significant benefits over other tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures. Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots that anchor your new tooth firmly in place. Unlike dental bridges that rely on adjacent teeth for support, implant-supported teeth stand on their own without affecting surrounding teeth. For many patients, getting dental implants means avoiding costly and frequent trips to the dentist for repairs. Overall, dental implants offer some significant advantages over other tooth replacement options:
The loss of teeth can lead to a plethora of issues, including affecting the quality of life, self-esteem, and the ability to perform everyday activities. Dental implants offer an ideal solution to replace missing teeth and restore one’s natural appearance. The implants look and function like natural teeth, providing patients with an improved oral aesthetic. You can regain your confidence and enjoy a natural-looking smile.
Additionally, dental implants prevent the deterioration of the jawbone caused by the absence of a tooth’s root. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the bone that supports it naturally deteriorates over time due to a lack of stimulation. Dental implants are anchored into the jawbone, which helps stimulate bone growth and prevent further bone loss. This not only eliminates the risk of losing more teeth but also helps preserve facial structure.
Apart from restoring a natural appearance, dental implants provide several oral health benefits. These include improving speech clarity and reducing gaps between teeth that may cause food particles to get trapped and result in gum disease.
Dental implants not only prevent bone loss but also help protect remaining teeth and gums. The absence of a tooth causes the adjacent teeth to shift, creating gaps that can trap food particles and lead to gum disease or cavities. With dental implants, there is no shifting of teeth, ensuring your oral health remains healthy.
Moreover, as removable dentures or dental bridges rest on the gums, these can cause abrasions or sores, leading to infections. Dental implants avoid this since they are permanently anchored into the jawbone, minimising the risk of infections.
One of the most common questions we are asked when it comes to dental implants is their cost. However, it’s important to note that every patient’s case is unique, and therefore the cost of dental implants varies based on several factors. Generally, the total costs of a dental implant procedure include consultation and diagnostic tests, implant fixture or post-placement, abutment placement, crown placement, and follow-up care.
The average cost of a single dental implant in Sydney ranges from $5500 to $6500. The cost may increase or decrease, depending on various factors such as the complexity of the case, the number of implants needed, any additional procedures required before or after treatment, and the type of implant used.
While dental implants may seem more costly than bridgework or dentures, they prove to be more cost-effective over time since they last much longer than the alternative options.
In some cases, insurance providers cover a particular portion of the treatment cost. This could decrease the out-of-pocket costs for patients. Nevertheless, it’s always wise to gain approval from your insurance provider about the covered expenses before proceeding with the surgery.
Financing and interest-free payment options are available for patients who need them. A large percentage of patients choose to finance their procedures to spread the cost of treatment over several months with no up-front deposit required.
At Sensational Smiles Dental, we understand that dental implant surgery can be a significant investment. That’s why we offer flexible payment options to make it easier for our patients to afford the dental care they need. Our payment plans allow you to spread the cost of their implant surgery over time, making it more manageable for your budget. We offer interest-free payment plans, so there are no additional fees or charges.
We can also help you to use your superannuation against the cost of dental implant treatment and work in collaboration with Supercare to make the application process as simple as possible.
Sensational Smiles Dental is a dental practice located in Kirrawee, Sutherland Shire. Our goal is to deliver a sensational approach in every aspect of dentistry. To do that, we take time to understand our patients so we can guide them to better oral health and improve their smiles.
Our brand-new, state-of-the-art dental clinic was purpose-built to make all the difference when it comes to delivering first-class and innovative dental procedures. We provide expert care on various restorative dental treatments such as dental implants and oral surgery from highly experienced implant dentists.
When it comes to dental implant surgery, experience and expertise matter, at Sensational Smiles Dental, we have a team of highly skilled and experienced implant experts who are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients.
Dr. Shehata is our co-founder and resident dental implant expert. He has committed his career and vast amounts of personal time to mastering his skills in implant dentistry. He took the first seven years of his career performing extensive courses to further his education. After completing the courses in Australia, he sought the very best international courses in implantology, learning from the very best and worked tirelessly to hone his skills. He graduated from the Brener Implant Institute Masters Implant Program, completed a Masters in Oral Surgery and then went to learn from the creator of the All on 4 technique, Dr. Malo, to take clinical residency in Portugal.
Dr. Shehata was determined to build his own purpose-built practice, somewhere comfortable that would cater to anxious patients. Whether they hated the taste of mint, the sound of drills or the smell of the clinic, he endeavoured to change the conventional perception of dental practice. Aromatherapy, wireless headphones, soundproofing, needleless services, therapeutic anaesthetic and more are at the very essence of Sensational Smiles Dental.
Dr. Shehata is passionate about implantology, performing the procedures and making a difference in his patients’ lives. He carries out implant procedures week in, week out and has experienced all types of cases and every complication out there.
Dr. Shehata understands that every patient is unique, and he takes the time to listen to each patient’s concerns and goals so that he can create a customised treatment plan tailored to their individual needs. Some patients may be hesitant about undergoing dental implant surgery due to fear or anxiety about the procedure. However, Dr. Shehata is committed to helping every patient feel comfortable and at ease during their treatment. He takes the time to explain each step of the procedure in detail and uses sedation techniques when necessary to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the process.