Dental implants offer many patients the best option for replacing a missing tooth or even multiple missing teeth.
Dentists often recommend dental implants over every other tooth-replacement option, and for a good reason. Dental implants offer unique benefits that patients won’t receive with other tooth replacements.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant comprises three parts: a fixture, which we place in the patient’s jawbone, an abutment, which acts as a connector between the fixture and the dental crown, and the crown or artificial tooth. Finally, we cement the crown to the abutment for a completely secure fit.
We can categorize dental implants in three different ways:
- Tissue level or bone level fixture
- Custom-made or prefabricated abutments
- Screw-retained or cement-retained crown
Each category of implant has its benefits and uses, and Dr Babak Moharrami will help you choose the implant that’s right for you after a thorough evaluation of your dental situation.
What Are Implants Made From?
Most dental implants are made with medical-grade titanium. However, implants made with porcelain and zirconia are also available and may be preferable to patients who prefer metal-free tooth restorations.
Abutments made with titanium or gold are the most popular. However, we can also use abutments made with zirconia.
The Dental Crown
The dental crown attaches to the abutment and acts as the artificial tooth, so it must have both visual appeal and functionality. We can make crowns with metal, porcelain or a combination of metal and porcelain. No matter what material we choose, we will make sure the crown looks beautiful and natural.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Since we place the dental implant in the patient’s jaw, where it fuses with the jawbone, it provides patients with oral health benefits that other tooth replacements cannot.
As the jawbone fuses with the implant in a process called osseointegration, it acts as the natural tooth root would, encouraging healthy bone growth. This prevents the patient’s jawbone from shrinking, maintaining the strength of their bite and their facial structure, which can begin to sag if the jawbone deteriorates.
Additionally, replacing your missing teeth keeps your remaining teeth from drifting into the gap, which can misalign your bite and cause a variety of problems.
Other benefits of dental implants include:
- A natural, comfortable feel
- Incredible durability creates a long-term solution
- Stability and security
- Improved chewing power
If you are interested in replacing your missing tooth or teeth with dental implants, we welcome your call to our clinic. At BMB Dental Clinic, we enjoy answering patient’s questions, and we’ll use our expertise in the dental field to help you choose the best tooth replacement for you.
Mini-Implants for Dentures
We also provide mini-implants in our Mona Vale dental practice to help patients secure their dentures so they can enjoy a more stable fit. Mini-implants are smaller than standard implants, and as such, they’re easier to place and faster to heal. In addition, we can often attach dentures to mini-implants immediately after the placement procedure instead of waiting for the implant area to heal.
We generally place between one and six mini-implants, depending on the patient’s dental situation and needs, and attach the dentures to implants using an O-ring. This method allows patients to remove their dentures for cleaning.
We can perform almost the same procedure with standard dental implants. However, mini-implants require less bone volume, which is helpful for patients who have lost bone mass.
Dental Implants in Mona Vale
When you visit our clinic, Dr Moharrami will conduct a thorough examination to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. We invite you to book your appointment with Dr Moharrami to determine if dental implants are the right choice for you.