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Dental Implants in St Kilda

Have you lost one or more teeth and need a long-lasting replacement that can prevent bone loss, is easy to care for and is safe for adjacent natural teeth? At Chapel Gate Dental, our team can provide dental implants which have become a mainstream part of modern dentistry. If you need advice on treatment options for replacing your missing teeth, you can rely on us to help.

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When Are Dental Implants Suitable?

Dental implants are suitable for replacing missing or severely decayed teeth, providing a long-term solution to restore appearance and function. They’re especially beneficial when conventional options like cosmetic dentures or bridges may not be suitable. Dental implants offer stability and natural aesthetics, making them an ideal choice for those who want to regain their confidence.

Replacing a Tooth with a Tooth Implant

A tooth implant is an effective dental solution for individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay or other dental issues. The process involves surgically placing an implant post into the jawbone, which acts as a sturdy foundation for a custom-made dental crown. This crown is designed to match the surrounding teeth in both appearance and function, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking result. Getting a tooth implant offers numerous benefits, including improved chewing ability, enhanced aesthetics and preservation of adjacent teeth.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are artificial roots that are securely attached to the jaw. They are cylindrical devices made out of medical grade titanium and are placed in the location of the missing tooth or teeth. They bond with the bone and are capped with a ceramic crown that imitates the existing teeth.

Type of Implants

Our tooth implant services are tailored to each individual's requirements. Our dentists are well-qualified to provide dental implants for a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or complete cosmetic dentures.

Single Tooth Replacement:

When only one tooth is damaged or decayed, single-tooth replacement is recommended. After a comprehensive assessment, our dentists will remove the damaged or decayed tooth and perform a complete implant procedure.

See visuals of the procedure here.

Multiple Teeth Dental Implants

When a patient has two or more decayed teeth, it requires the same number of implants to restore the jaw line and support complete oral health. Our dentists can also fit multiple new teeth using implant supported dentures or fixed bridges.

See visuals of the procedure here.

Implant Supported Dentures

Cosmetic dentures can be used to replace missing teeth and get rid of problems caused by tooth gaps. If you already have a denture and you’re not satisfied, our dentists may recommend implant supported dentures. We can replace the entire denture or attach a new one for improved stability and firmness.

What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

Step 1 : The first step involved in a tooth implant procedure is the development of a personalised treatment plan. Our dentists are experienced in restorative dentistry and oral surgery which means they can work with you to determine an implant option and create a plan that addresses your specific needs.

Step 2 : Next, the dental implant is placed into the bone socket which takes around 6 to 12 weeks to anchor securely in the jaw. Once the implant is bonded to the jawbone, an abutment (a connector post) is attached to hold the new tooth. Following this, a crown is attached to the abutment. As the tooth implant is secured within the jawbone, it looks and functions like your natural teeth.

Enquire About Dental Implants Today

At Chapel Gate Dental, we’re excited to offer dental implants and implant supported dentures to our patients. We ensure a meticulous approach to implant treatment. It’s an important part of our commitment to helping our patients maintain a healthy and attractive smile. Whether you require a single tooth replaced or you need help to stabilise cosmetic dentures, our dentists can safely place dental implants to restore your smile. Give us a call on (03) 9531 3742 today to schedule an appointment at our St Kilda clinic.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

A tooth implant offers numerous benefits, some of which include:

  • Dental implants are strong, stable and great for restoring lost teeth.
  • They look, fit and function like a natural tooth and are built to last for years.
  • They help you maintain the shape of your face and smile.
  • With dental implants, you can speak easily and eat the foods that you love.
  • They prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

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WHY CHOOSE US Why Choose Chapel Gate Dental
1

Easy Online Booking

Our online booking system allows you to easily book an appointment anytime.

2

We Offer Payment Plans

We offer both DentiCare and Openpay payment plans, allowing you to receive the treatment you need.

3

Quality and Safety

We offer state-of-the-art dentistry for people of all ages at our modern and relaxed practice.

4

Experienced Dentists

Our team of highly experienced and reliable dentists can provide a range of services and treatment options based on your needs.

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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Dental implants are stronger and longer lasting compared to cosmetic dentures. While they cost more than dentures, they last longer and require almost no maintenance. A tooth implant works like a natural tooth and is fixed in its position, unlike dentures, which are removable. Dentures never feel exactly the same as natural teeth. Ultimately, dental implants offer better comfort, firmness and natural feel, can be cleaned like natural teeth, are durable, and are a better choice than dentures for oral health.

When you have jawbone that’s missing, isn’t thick enough or is too soft, we can perform bone grafting before the tooth implant surgery. This is important to build the base. Without it, there’s a chance of surgery failure.

Growth of the jaw typically continues until 18. In this regard, our dentists prefer a thorough consultation for teenagers. Adults can get dental implant treatment without any specific attention or advisory.

It depends on the overall oral health and the position of the implant on the jaw line. Furthermore, the complete procedure can take between 3 to 9 months. It also depends on the cosmetic results the patient requires.

At Chapel Gate Dental, we can provide dental implants in just four visits, including:

  • Consultation, examination and planning the treatment
  • Implant placement (screw insertion)
  • Abutment placement and taking impressions
  • Final crown placement

Immediate implant placement is possible if the oral health condition allows. Our dentists will check the overall condition after extraction to determine whether it’s possible or not.

In rare cases, implantation can fail. Misalignment, inaccurate impressions, infection, nerve damage, missing oral hygiene and other conditions can be the reason. If a tooth implant fails, our dentists will immediately remove the implant, cleanse the area, provide proper treatment and let it heal with. An alternative such as cosmetic dentures may be necessary.

A successful dental implant is completely dependent on the overall oral health of the patient. Dentists recommend quitting smoking, as it can create problems or stimulate existing gum issues. The risk of treatment failure remains as long as the patient continues to smoke.

People with good oral hygiene habits and no gum problems are suitable candidates for dental implants. However, if the patient has a chronic disorder, our dentists will need to review their medical history and provide consultation. If you’re a heavy smoker, use tobacco or have oral health issues, you should undergo a thorough examination.

If the patient has major dental coverage, it can help cover some of the costs. However, it’s unlikely that any dental policy will provide full coverage for dental implants. Consult with your insurance provider to learn more about your level of coverage.

The patient doesn’t feel any pain during the tooth implant surgery, as anaesthesia is given during the procedure. Pain increases as the numbness wears off. This pain may be felt not only in the jaw, but also in the surrounding area. As a preventive measure, our dentists will write you a prescription and advise you on which medications to take. Post-surgery pain may not be severe enough to warrant medication. Cold packs are also suggested to reduce pain and swelling.

As dental implants are not temporary or removable fixtures like cosmetic dentures or bridges, their success rate completely depends on the oral hygiene of the patient.

Our dentists can provide you with tips on maintaining good oral hygiene and caring for your dental implants. We recommend:

  • Avoiding junk food, caffeine, sugar, cigarette smoke, tobacco, frozen or extremely hot food, toffees and anything else that can harm your oral health.
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with a good-quality soft brush.
  • Organising routine dental checkups to keep an eye on emerging issues.

The lifespan of dental implants depends on many factors, such as hygiene maintenance, food habits, and nutrition. The average life of tooth implant crowns is typically between 10 and 15 years.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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St Kilda VIC 3182

Telephone: 03 9531 3742

Facsimile: 03 9531 1449

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