Dental Implants in Fairfield & Bayside VIC
Many of our patients in Hampton and Fairfield who have tooth loss because of disease, damage or trauma seek a solution that allows them to speak, eat and smile just as if they still had their natural tooth again. At Sparkle Dental Care, we offer dental implants as one of our tooth-replacement options. Dental implants are a treatment favoured by many patients, and they can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
You don’t have to go through life with missing teeth. Not only does replacing missing teeth mean you can chew and speak comfortably again, but dental implants at our Hampton dental clinic will also protect the health of your remaining teeth.
We welcome calls to our Fairfield dental clinic to talk to patients about how dental implants can restore their smile—and their oral health. Please also see the questions below, which will give you more information about dental implants.
- What are the benefits of dental implants?
- How do dental implants work?
- How long does the dental implant process take?
- Is there any period of adjustment with dental implants?
- What if I am missing more than one tooth?
- Are my dental implants going to last?
- How do I care for dental implants?
- How can I find out more about dental implants?
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants provide several benefits over other tooth replacement options at our Hampton dental clinic:
- Dental implants are permanently integrated into the jawbone, so there is no slipping, moving or falling when you speak or chew.
- Patients who opt for dental implants can enjoy an unrestricted diet. Chewing with dental implants is very much like chewing with natural teeth.
- Dental implants provide a very natural-looking appearance, and most people will be hard-pressed to detect that they are a restoration.
- Dental implants are long-lasting and durable with proper care.
- Since dental implants take the place of a tooth root in the jawbone, they protect the bone from deteriorating.
- With dental implants taking the place of a missing tooth, your other teeth are protected from shifting to fill in the space.
Of course, as with natural teeth, dental implants require excellent home hygiene, and professional dental cleans to prevent gum disease. We are happy to discuss the ways you can look after your smile at home and how we will take care of you at our Hampton or Fairfield dental clinics so that you can get the most out of your investment.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, which promotes the preservation of healthy bone. In most cases, the dental implant process requires several phases to complete.
Oral evaluation. Our dentists want to be sure that you have the best results possible. Ruling out any underlying gum disease or medical conditions first is essential. Our dentists will then determine if enough healthy bone exists to support the dental implant. If additional procedures, such as bone grafting are necessary, they will talk to you about your options.
Dental implant surgery. The dental implant itself will need to be placed surgically at our Fairfield or Bayside dental clinic. The process usually takes about an hour to 90 minutes and is typically well-tolerated. Our gentle dentists will go over what to expect and how to care for your implant after surgery.
Healing and integration. What makes dental implants different is their stability, which comes from fusing with the natural bone. This process occurs over three to four months and is the reason why dental implants do not shift or slip like removable prosthetics. While it requires a bit of patience, most people tell us dental implants are well worth the wait.
Dental implant crown. The implant crown looks just like a natural tooth and is secured to the dental implant with a small attachment. Our dentists carefully plan for colour and shading that blends with surrounding teeth.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The surgical placement of the dental implant into the jawbone does not take much time at our Fairfield or Bayside dental clinic. The waiting comes with the time needed for the dental implant to become permanently integrated into the jawbone. This process, called osseointegration, can take anywhere from four to six months. But as most of our Fairfield patients who have gotten dental implants can attest—it is well worth the wait.
Is there any period of adjustment with dental implants?
Unlike with dentures, which can take quite a bit of getting used to, there is no period of adjustment with dental implants. Dentures tend to shift when wearers are speaking or chewing, so it can take some time to grow accustomed to that.
Dental implants at our Hampton dental clinic feel very much like your natural tooth—and the function similarly as well. Most people cannot even tell they have a dental implant.
What if I am missing more than one tooth?
Our Fairfield dentists can replace each individual tooth with a dental implant, or for patients who want an alternative, we offer implant-supported dentures or All-on-4 dentures that provide both stability and convenience for full smile cases.
We welcome your call to our Hampton dental clinic to talk with one of our friendly team members to learn more about your options with dental implants as a tooth replacement when you are missing several teeth.
Are my dental implants going to last?
The short answer to this question is yes; dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. The good news is that dental implants are easy to take care of. In fact, they are no different than taking care of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement because they are surgically placed into the jawbone. Unlike wearing other tooth replacement prosthetics, such as dentures, patients who choose dental implants have no worries about them shifting or moving around. Chewing and speaking are completely natural.
How do I care for dental implants?
Because dental implants are permanently integrated into the jawbone, all you need to do is to brush and floss just as you would your normal teeth. It’s also crucial to visit your dentist twice each year for check-ups and cleans. Although dental implants cannot develop tooth decay as your natural teeth can, you can still get gum disease around the implants.
Treat your dental implants kindly, that is, avoid chewing on hard items such as ice and never use your teeth—implant or natural—as a tool.
If you have more questions about dental implants, we invite you to call either our Bayside, VIC or Fairfield, VIC dental surgery to book an appointment for a consult.
How can I find out more about dental implants?
Our dentists believe that educating patients on all of their options helps them make the most informed choices for their smiles. We are committed to providing every treatment option available and respecting your final decision.
Modern dentistry is exciting, and we look forward to speaking with you about the possibilities for your smile. Please contact our Bayside dental clinic on (03) 9598 5505 or our Fairfield dental clinic on (03) 9481 4392 to arrange your next dental appointment with Dr Kenny Lee, Dr Kai Xu or Dr Sobiya Pathmalinkam.