Dental implants are an effective and long-term solution to tooth loss.
We understand the pain and frustration commonly associated with broken teeth, missing teeth and dentures. Although all Dentists do their best to save damaged teeth, it is not always successful or the best treatment option.
Dental implants are one of the most innovative and effective restorative dental treatments to date, and allow patients to recover the function and form of their smiles.
If you would like a dental solution to missing teeth that is designed for longevity and functionality, dental implants may be what you are looking for.
Meet Dr Michael Sempf
Dr Sempf has been working with dental implants on the Gold Coast for over 15 years.
He has extensive experience in implant treatments, from single tooth implants through to full arch implant reconstructions. Over these years he has constantly pursued his special interest in dental implant surgery and treatment and has gained further education to enhance his knowledge in this field.
In 2010, he was selected into the highly competitive Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology at Charles Sturt University in Sydney. This 18 month program encompassed training at the highest level in implant dentistry, which allowed Dr Sempf to gain extensive knowledge in dental implantology.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are both a functional and aesthetically pleasing alternative to dentures or bridges.
A dental implant will act and feel just like your natural teeth and restore all the functions of a normal tooth. This means you can chew, eat, bite and speak naturally without any complications or worry.
A significant advantage of implants over conventional bridgework is that the adjacent teeth remain unaffected by the treatment. Conventional bridgework requires reduction of the adjacent teeth, (see image below).
How do Dental Implants Work?
The titanium implant is surgically placed into the underlying bone. The porcelain crown is then either cemented or screwed onto the implant after the appropriate healing time has elapsed.
Suitable cases can have a temporary crown placed on the same day so hyou don't have to go without a tooth while you wait for your mouth to heal.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or replace several missing/damaged teeth. Tooth implants are widely considered to be the most natural looking restoration option, many people will never notice you have a dental implant.
Single tooth implants have many advantages over alternative options such as bridges or false teeth such as:
- Last longer than bridges or dentures. Read our article on Dental Implants vs Bridges.
- Implants remain inside your mouth and don't require adhesives to hold them in place.
- Much stronger than bridges or dentures so you won't have to fear chewing on hard foods.
- Looks just like your natural teeth.
- Improve the appearance of your smile and boost your self confidence.
- Using a dental implant prevents bone loss and encourages bone growth.
- No age restriction on who can get a dental implant.
How Dental Implants Help Prevent Bone Loss
Long term tooth loss makes chewing food difficult, but it can also lead to the loss of jawbone tissue commonly referred to as bone loss.
The jawbone needs stimulation to retain it's shape and bone density. Your teeth provide the required stimulation through everyday use such as chewing, biting and grinding.
Once a tooth has been lost, your jaw bone is no longer receiving the required stimulation in that area and will begin to atrophy. This atrophy and/or degradation of the jawbone tissue can cause your remaining teeth to move out of place and even change your facial appearance.
Dental implants are a superior treatment for the replacement of missing teeth because they help to prevent the loss of jawbone tissue. Since dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, the jawbone must grow around the implant to secure it.
Dental implants act like the root of a natural tooth, so the jawbone receives the stimulation it requires to regenerate itself and retain bone density in the same way it would with your natural teeth.
Are You Eligible for Dental Implant Surgery?
Single tooth dental implants or full mouth dental implants treatment requires minor surgery. It's important the patient is in good general health and has relatively healthy gums / teeth prior to surgery.
It is a requirement that the patient stops smoking prior to surgery and also doesn't smoke during recovery.
Staying clear of cigarettes is necessary to mitigate the risk of implant failure and other possible complications after surgery.