Invest in a lifetime of healthy, appealing smiles with durable implants to replace missing or failing teeth
By nature, dental implants are affordable. When considering any investment, weighing the cost and benefits is essential. Resist the urge to go with the lowest-cost option. Value is more important. And implant-supported prosthetics (as a solution for missing and failing teeth) provide considerable value to our patients in Moonee Ponds, Sunbury, greater Melbourne, and across southern Victoria.
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Implants are small posts. Made from biocompatible material like titanium or zirconium and placed in the jawbone, these posts are designed to naturally fuse or join the surrounding tissue. Once this process has occurred, Dr Terry Rose will attach the prosthetic teeth to the implants as necessary. One crown may be attached to a single implant to replace one tooth. Or minimal implants may be connected to a maximum number of prosthetic teeth as part of an implant-supported bridge or denture.
In turn, the implant is designed to function like a tooth root. It stabilises and supports the prosthetic crown, bridge, and partial or complete denture. Many benefits flow from this unique design, which mimics the structure of natural teeth. Conventional prosthetics have only accounted for the visible parts of the teeth – the white crown and, in the case of dentures, the tissue at the gum line.
These conventional options have relied on neighbouring “anchor” teeth, natural suction, and denture products to hold the prosthetics in place. The lifespan of the traditional bridge may be shortened due to the strain placed on the anchor teeth. Likewise, without ongoing services such as relining and rebasing, the “life” of a denture may also be threatened. Ultimately, these dentures must be replaced to conform to the changing contours of the mouth (due to bone loss) and to restore a proper fit.
Additional services associated with the “maintenance” of these earlier-generation prosthetic options and their replacements only add to the cost of bridges and dentures. So, while they may cost less than implants upfront, these alternatives are not as affordable over the longer term.
Consider how implants:
- Can last a lifetime.
- Support lasting function and health by keeping the jawbone strong.
- Require no “special services,” such as relining, to retain a proper fit.
- Can be cared for like natural teeth, with no special products or time-consuming cleaning techniques.
- Do not threaten the health of surrounding tissues and teeth; for instance, conventional bridges may be harder for some patients to clean, leaving the “anchor teeth” vulnerable to dental decay.
- Are not associated with complications such as bone loss that can ultimately lead to the need for more costly, aggressive, and invasive restorative procedures.
Implants also provide a great deal of flexibility. We can easily place bridgework, for instance, between implants if more teeth are lost in the future. Likewise, we can work with existing denture wearers to enhance the comfort of their prosthetics with implants. Our advanced technologies and skills help minimise the time, costs, and risks associated with implant treatment.
Smile in Style is happy to provide many affordable payment options for those concerned about out-of-pocket expenses. Be sure to ask about payment plans when you phone our friendly team in Moonee Ponds, VIC, on 03 8400 4104. Our Sunbury office can also be reached at 03 8001 6021.