Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you feel like you need to hide your teeth when you smile? If so, implant cosmetic dentistry may be the right solution for you! At our dental practice, we offer a variety of treatments that can help improve the appearance of your smile. One of our most popular options is implant surgery. This treatment involves placing dental implants in order to replace missing or damaged teeth. Implant cosmetic dentistry can not only improve the appearance of your smile, but it can also help boost your confidence level!
If you are looking to improve the colour of your teeth or the whole look of your smile, boost your confidence or even repair some previous damage, cosmetic procedures will help you create and fix any issues you may have. Standard cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, realignment, orthodontics and dental implants. Cosmetic dental procedures can be the final step in making your mouth and teeth look perfect after any routine or emergency treatment that you may need.
Implant dentistry: Is it just Cosmetic?
You cannot regard dental implants as a plain cosmetic dental treatment, but their result definitely has an aesthetic effect. Cosmetic dentists understand that this is because the finished work improves a person’s appearance. Therefore, many classify dental implant surgery as cosmetic dental work and also a treatment procedure in restorative dentistry.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants are teeth-like materials that are attached permanently to the jaws to act as replacements for missing teeth. Dental implants serve as fixed dentures but are still different since they are surgically fused into the jaws. They are not removable unless under the assistance of a dentist (for replacement or implant failure.) These implants are usually made of titanium, one of the rare metals that are appropriately tolerated by the human body.
Benefits of a dental implant
Implants replace missing and severely damaged teeth. This is the gold standard in restorative dentistry, right above dentures, dental crowns, and dental bridges.
It has the same parts as your teeth. Each implant features an artificial root, the post and a crown, just like your natural tooth.
Your speech will be improved greatly with a cosmetic dental implant. Dental implants are fixed, unlike low-quality, ill-fitting dentures, which allow the teeth to slip into your mouth. There is no need for you to worry about slurring or mumbling your words.
Dental implant treatment is the gold standard. Dental implants give our patients a permanent solution to tooth loss, and they look and feel like natural teeth.
Dental Implants are durable. When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime, and most importantly, dental implants will give you your smile back.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental insurance varies, and most of them only cover part of your dental costs. However, the majority of them do cover dental implants if your reason is for restoration and is connected to a medical condition. But this is not the case all the time; many insurance companies still regard dental implants as a cosmetic procedure. Make sure that you discuss your procedure with your insurance provider first, so you would not have any problem when it’s time to pay for your dental implants.
How Strong are Dental Implants Compared to Real Teeth?
Dental Implants are stronger than natural teeth in certain ways. They are constructed from titanium material which is among the strongest metal available. Also, dental implants do not decay, unlike natural teeth.
Who are candidates to have dental implants?
The procedure is available for people who have lost teeth due to an injury, a disease, or other reasons. Implants are ideal options if you want to have natural-looking and natural-feeling false teeth, which could not be possible by merely using dentures. In other cases, people who are not content with how their teeth are aligned opt for dental implants. Natural teeth will have to be removed first before implants are put into place.
What are the risks of getting dental implants?
Like any surgery, dental implant surgery poses some health risks. Problems are rare, though, and they’re usually minor and easily treated when they do occur. Risks include:
- Infection at the implant site
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage that can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin
- Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities
What can we expect in a dental implant procedure?
Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages, with healing time between procedures. The process of placing a dental implant involves multiple steps, including:
- Damaged tooth removal
- Jawbone preparation (grafting), when needed
- Dental implant placement
- Bone growth and healing
- Abutment placement
- Artificial tooth placement
The entire process can take many months from start to finish. Much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw. Depending on your situation, the specific procedure, or the materials used, certain steps can sometimes be combined.
Why do we need bone grafts?
If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before having dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on your bone, and if it didn’t support the implant, the surgery likely would fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.
What can we expect after the procedure?
Even non-invasive dental procedures, like teeth whitening, can still have some discomfort. Whether you have dental implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages (smile makeovers,) you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any dental surgery, such as:
- Swelling of your gums and face
- Bruising of your skin and gums
- Pain at the implant site
- Minor bleeding
You may need pain medications or antibiotics after dental implant surgery. Contact your oral surgeon if swelling, discomfort, or any other problem gets worse in the days after surgery.
After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals. Typically, your surgeon will use stitches that dissolve on their own. If your stitches aren’t self-dissolving, your doctor removes them.
Dental Implants at DDSS
Here at Digital Dental Surgery Sydney, your safety and satisfaction with our dental solutions matter. With a full-service dentist, Sydney CBD patients can rest assured that they will help them fulfil their dental goals, especially when it’s about implant dentistry. By offering a comprehensive range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments, we have everything you need to maintain a healthy, happy smile. For more information about dental implants, do not hesitate to call us at (02) 9158 6328 so our friendly and highly-skilled team can assist you further.