Permanently restore missing or damaged teeth
Modern dental implant technology has allowed for missing teeth to be replaced without the inconvenience of dentures.
What is involved and how does it work?
Dental implants are titanium components placed in the jawbone. During the procedure, your dentist will surgically place an implant in the space of the missing tooth. Over time, a process known as osseointegration takes place where the bone cells integrate with the titanium implant to ‘lock’ the implant in place.
This advanced dental technology creates a stable unit as the implant gains stability by biological integration with the implant. Once this stability has been assessed by the dentist, a crown is attached to the top of the implant, essentially creating a single functional unit that feels and functions very much like your own natural tooth.
Will the procedure be painful?
Your dentist will ensure that the area is very numb before placement of the implant. The procedure is generally less uncomfortable than having a tooth removed. There is also the option of having the procedure done under twilight sedation for patients who are anxious.
How much does an implant cost, and how long do they last?
An implant will cost around $5000-$6000, depending on which tooth it is replacing, and what type of crown attaches on the top.
With a diligent home-care regime and regular 6-monthly visits to your dentist, implants can typically last 15-20 years, often longer. In some cases, the crown may need to be replaced sooner due to wear and tear.
For people who face the unfortunate reality of losing their teeth, dental implants offer an excellent long-term replacement option in terms of function and aesthetics.
Dr. Yen offer several implant treatment options depending on your needs. Contact us to arrange for a consultation to discuss what will be best for you.