Dental Implants in Avondale, Auckland
Missing teeth impact nearly every aspect of life, from chewing and speaking to having a confident smile. Dental implants provide a life-changing solution for the problem of missing teeth by providing a fixed, long-term solution that makes patients smile.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are restorations that replace the entire tooth, including the root. They typically consist of three parts:
- Implant post (screw) – the part of the implant that replaces the root
- Abutment – an attachment to join the implant and crown
- Crown – the restoration to replace the tooth
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants require careful planning and design to ensure success. At Avondale Dental Centre, our dentists begin with a full evaluation, including digital CT scans and 3-D models to determine proper placement and verify adequate bone.
In the case of insufficient bone, an additional procedure called bone grafting can improve the quality, making dental implants possible.
If we perform the extraction in our Avondale dental clinic, we can sometimes place the dental implant during the same appointment, reducing the number of visits required.
After completely anaesthetising the area, one of our skilled dentists will place the dental implant directly into the jawbone. Dental implants are designed to integrate with the bone, resulting in a stable foundation to support a dental crown.
The integration process takes approximately 3 to 4 months. After integration completes, we will design a custom dental crown to complete your smile.
For many patients, aesthetics are as important as function. Dr Najar, Dr Crum and Dr Nekrutenk will match the new crown to your natural teeth for a seamless result that complements your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a number of health benefits over other teeth-replacement options.
Bone retention – Bone loss is common after tooth loss occurs. Dental implants help to retain the bone by replacing the root of the tooth.
Bite protection – Dental implants keep teeth from shifting toward the gap left by a missing tooth. Misaligned teeth can cause difficulty chewing and lead to jaw pain.
Convenience – Single dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will help you get the most out of your implant.
Unrestricted diet – With dental implants, you can eat an unrestricted diet that supports healthy nutrition.
Implants can enhance the function and reliability of dental bridges and dentures.
Implant-retained bridges make it possible to replace missing teeth without placing crowns on healthy teeth.
Implant-retained dentures require approximately 4 to 6 dental implants per arch. Implants lock dentures in place and prevent them from slipping or falling.
Interested in Replacing Missing Teeth?
We welcome you to contact our surgery to arrange a consultation where one of our experienced and gentle dentists will discuss options to restore your oral health and your smile.