If your dentures are loose or you can’t bite into an apple, a steak or any of your favourite foods because they give you discomfort, then implants could be the answer. Implants can lock your dentures firmly in place, rock solid so you never have those problems again. You can eat what you like, whenever you like.
Implants are great for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, then dental implants may be the answer for you. They are also the simplest and easiest way to replace problem teeth so they look natural and work as nature intended.
What is an implant? A dental implant is a titanium “root” used to support a porcelain tooth replica or a group of teeth. A typical implant consists of a fixture made of commercially pure titanium, which after three months fuses to your jaw bone, much like a replacement hip or knee would. A porcelain tooth or teeth is then attached to the implant or denture, locking it into place.
When considering implant treatment, most patients are unaware that they will most likely be referred by their dentist to one or more specialists, at different stages of their treatment. This can be time consuming, expensive and stressful. For long-term success, it’s important that the dentist you select to do your implants understands and is qualified to handle all aspects of implant treatment. As a graduate of the Brener Implant Institute, I am extensively trained to perform all aspects of implant dentistry and with my surgical team can offer an solution that’s right for you.
You can find out more about implants in “Ask Dr Helen” page of this website. If you’d like to discuss whether implants are suitable for you, please call us on (03) 9510 5597.
Unlike dentures “false teeth” that need to be removed to clean daily, a bridge is cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist. Once the colour is matched and the bridge is in place, it looks like a natural tooth.
The purpose of a bridge is simple. A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth because it does as the name suggests… it spans the space of missing teeth. It is cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space, serving as anchors for the bridge.
The gap left by one or more missing teeth can eventually cause remaining teeth to drift or fall into the empty spaces. This can give you problems with your bite. A missing tooth or teeth can play havoc with your mouth and lead to gum disease, headaches, migraines and pain in the jaw, neck or shoulder due to jaw joint (TMJ) pain.
As with crowns, there is a choice of materials for bridges. I’ll help you decide which is best for you, taking into account the location, function, your budget and of course, how you want it to look.
Dentures have been the industry standard for replacement of missing teeth for hundreds of years. In the early days they and were only available to the very wealthy. In recent years, the introduction of modern acrylics now give dentures a very real and natural appearance.
Dentures are also commonly used alongside implants to minimise movement. Implants are an effective way to lock your dentures firmly in place so can eat what you like, whenever you like without your dentures moving.
Dentures generally require a 2-3 visits from start to finish to ensure accurate alignment to the contours of your mouth and the desired appearance.