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An implant is a strong, reliable and effective way of replacing single or multiple teeth in the mouth. Just like how a root anchors a tooth in place, a titanium fixture (screw) supports a porcelain crown that mimics a natural tooth. In most cases this is a relatively simple procedure and healing time is usually very quick.
A small fixture is placed where the root of the missing tooth would normally sit and given a period of time to allow the area to heal. Once the fixture integrates into the jaw, an impression is taken of the area to allow the laboratory to make the crown. Once ready, the crown is either screwed into or glued onto the fixture.
Advantages of dental implants:
- Very strong and stable
- Doesn’t rely on adjacent teeth to support a new tooth. This is especially important in cases where the adjacent teeth may not be suitable to support another tooth or have not been previously restored.
- Single or multiple implants can be used to replace as many teeth as needed.
- Can be used to make a denture more stable or support a fixed bridge to replace all the missing teeth in either jaw.
A single implant will normally cost between $3000-4000 depending on location and type of implant being used. Please ask one of our friendly dentists at Dental One Craigieburn if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.