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Everything you need to know about Dental Implants

Restoring missing teeth or broken teeth may sound tricky, but at Nova Dental, there is an easy solution! Dental implants are a popular cosmetic treatment and are designed to look feel and function just like your natural teeth making them an excellent tooth-replacement option!

What is a dental Implant?

"Dental implants are the closest thing to your original tooth to restore your smile to where it deserves to be." Says Dr Anthony O'Rourke from Nova Dental Melbourne. Often made from titanium, dental implants (also known as as tooth implants) are designed to look like a screw that imitate your tooth's roots.. Once the dental implant is placed and the foundations are strong, your Nova dentist will design an artificial tooth (or crown). These are traditionally made from porcelain or ceramic and look, feel and function almost exactly like your natural teeth within the jaw bone.

How does a dental implant work?

During a dental implant procedure, the post or abutment is placed carefully in the jaw where the missing tooth once was. Its main aim is to replace your missing tooth’s roots so your dentist can

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construct a new tooth (crown) for you. Over time, new bone will grow around the implant and strengthen the foundation of the replacement tooth.

When replacing multiple teeth we can reduce the number of implants used by placing a dental bridge on two or more implants. We can even replace a full bridge of teeth using the All-on-4 procedure.

Can anyone get dental implants?

Are you missing one or multiple teeth? Do you want to improve the appearance of your smile? Are you sick of uncomfortable removable dentures? Are you searching for a more permanent solution to missing teeth that will help restore a natural look, feel and function to your smile?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then implants could be the perfect solution for you. Unlike other alternatives, implants provide a longer-lasting, fixed solution that will allow you to do everything you could with your natural teeth.

Common reasons to get dental implants are:

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  • Replacing missing, damaged or diseased teeth

  • Resolving jaw pain or bite problems

  • Restoring natural function of the mouth and jaw

  • Replacing uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures.

Every smile is unique so consulting with your dentist about treatment options is crucial. After a thorough examination at your consultation, your dentist will be able to advise what treatment options are best suited to

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer many benefits including:

  • Improved appearance - they look and feel like your natural teeth and can even help prevent bone shrinkage in your jaw, delaying one of the signs of aging.

  • Improved function – dental implants can make eating easier and also help improve speech.

  • Improved confidence - they give you back your smile and function, which can help boost your self-esteem.

  • Convenient & Discreet – no need to feel embarrassed when taking out dentures, and you can throw away the messy adhesive needed to keep them in place! Dental implants look just like a natural tooth so no one will ever know the difference!

  • Long-lasting - Dental implants are long-lasting and, with good care, can last for many years. They are designed to fuse to bone in your jaw, making them a more permanent solution to replacing teeth.

  • Better oral health – dental implants can help prevent dental problems that occur due to missing or damaged teeth.

How much is a Dental Implant?

Every smile is different and as such, we can’t give you an exact price on a dental implant procedure until a dentist has examined your individual case. Generally, dental implant procedures at Nova Dental start at around $5,500 per implant.

This is usually inclusive of the implant surgery and the dental implant and custom-made crown that will be placed plus post-operative appointments with your dentist.

At Nova Dental, we offer flexible payment options to help facilitate affordable dental implant procedures for our patients.

What does the dental implant procedure involve?

The first step of the dental implant procedure is your initial consultation. During your consultation, your Nova dentist will talk to you about your desired outcomes, your oral health, and your lifestyle. We’ll then examine your mouth and assess your oral health before presenting a tailored treatment plan to you including a cost breakdown plus payment option details.

If you like what you’ve heard and decide to go ahead with treatment, we’ll schedule your implant placement appointment. A Dental Implant procedure is a minor operation performed using sedation dentistry, so we’ll administer local anaesthetic to make sure you don’t feel any pain at all. After a few months, new bone will have grown around the implant, making it stable enough for your dentist to place your final replacement tooth or crown.

The Dental implant process can take a few months, but the outcomes are well worth the wait. Think of the renewed confidence in your smile, the improved function of your mouth, and the beautiful smile you'll never want to hide!

Should you get Dental Implants?

We can’t answer that without first examining your mouth but if you are looking to reinvigorate your smile, dental implants could be the right solution for you. They are the perfect solution for people looking to replace missing, damaged, or diseased teeth. Book an appointment with our team so we can determine the best treatment option for you and your smile!


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