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SINGLE DENTAL IMPLANTS

A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options.
In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health and structure of neighboring teeth.

Advantages of a single implant tooth includes:

  • looks like a natural tooth
  • fixed in the jaw, no need to remove and not mobile like dentures
  • no hooks on nearby teeth
  • no need to cut nearby teeth like for a dental bridge
  • brushes and flosses like normal teeth
  • will not decay like natural teeth

 

Disadvantages of a single implant tooth includes:

  • is more expensive than dentures and dental bridges (not always)
  • gum/bone disease can still occur around an implant
  • implant components can still chip or break if overloaded (e.g. grinding/clenching, trauma)
  • still needs to be checked and cleaned by qualified professionals on a regular basis (e.g. yearly)

 

The process of having a single implant generally consists of several steps over a 3-6 month period as described below:

1. Consultation + x-ray assessment of the potential implant site - all associated procedures and risks will be discussed including a printed quote covering all costs involved.

2. Implant surgery (may include additional procedures including bone grafting or sinus lift) - usually done in a pain-free manner under local anaesthetic in the dental chair.

3. Healing period of 3-6 months - time needed for implant to integrate into the jaw bone before it can be used for function. We will schedule review appointments during this time to check the healing process.

4. Implant tooth fabrication - implant crown will be custom made by our local certified dental laboratory to ensure the correct colour and shape is achieved. 

5. Maintenance and follow-ups - implants should be reviewed at least on a yearly basis along with the rest of the mouth at routine dental checkups. 

SINGLE DENTAL IMPLANTS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does a dental implant take?

A dental implant can take 3-6 months from start to finish (any sometimes even more!). This length of time is needed as implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone and bone healing around implants can take a long time. This healing period will vary between individuals as well as different sites in the mouth thus it is best to consult the surgeon about your circumstances. It is best not to rush as failure can occur if implants are used prematurely!

How long will my implant last?

Unfortunately there is no definitive answer for this common question. Implants are designed to be long-lasting but various factors can affect longevity such as bone/gum disease, smoking habits, health problems and abnormal function (e.g. clenching/grinding/trauma). We ideally want implants to last 10 to 20 years in the mouth, if not longer. The oldest recorded implant is well over 40 years now but regular maintenance is crucial for long-term success.

SINGLE DENTAL IMPLANTS - BEFORE & AFTERS

Single molar dental implant x-ray
Lower molar dental implant
Single molar dental implant in-the-mouth
Lower left molar completed implant crown
Single front incisor dental implant
Front central incisor dental implant
Single premolar dental implant
Upper premolar implant crown
Implant Solution Adelaide Dr Han Deng

ADELAIDE’S DENTAL IMPLANT SURGEON

Dr. Han Deng – B.D.S & B.Sc.Dent(Hons), MClinDent (Implant Dentistry)

Originally born in Beijing (China), Han grew up in the south-western parts of Sydney and subsequently moved to Adelaide in order to pursue a career in dentistry. Han graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2011 with a concurrent Honours degree focusing on oral cancer and oral surgery.

He has been in private practice since graduation, working all around Adelaide before becoming a practice owner himself in 2012. With the help of his chinese background, he is fluent in both English and Mandarin (Chinese). He has always had a special interest in the field of implant dentistry and went on to complete a 2-year masters of clinical dentistry in implant dentistry at Griffith University in the Gold Coast while being the only interstate graduate of his year.

He is currently the owner and principal dentist of three dental surgeries throughout the Adelaide metro area and provides comprehensive implant treatment including both implant surgery and restoration in-house. He focuses on efficient, cost-effective and realistic treatment planning as well as long-term maintenance. He believes in honestly and responsibility when it comes to dental treatment and takes great pride in taking genuine care of his patients. He has a very close relationship with a state-of-the-art Adelaide dental laboratory to ensure all implant work is genuine and local with warranties on all components/parts.

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