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We offer a range of dental implant solutions to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or an entire arch of teeth. Our team has the skills, technology, quality materials and experience to help you smile again.
Dental implants are the closest available solution to natural teeth that a dentist can provide. Nowadays, there is no need to live without missing teeth as dental implants are considered the gold standard of care for restoring your smile.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that acts as a tooth root. It gets inserted into the jawbone and is connected to an abutment which holds your new tooth, or crown in place. For people missing several adjacent teeth, two or more dental implants can be used to support a row of teeth, known as a fixed implant bridge.
Dental implants can replace a single missing or damaged tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch of teeth. They also help stabilise full dentures in place, providing a better feel, form and function.
Severe tooth loss can be devastating for patients, both physically and psychologically. Major tooth loss changes the way you chew and speak and can stop you from openly smiling.
Speech relies on the proper positioning of your tongue, lips and teeth, so when teeth are missing, excess air passes between teeth creating a whistling sound or lisp. Nutrition and overall health are also affected when you’re unable to chew and digest food properly.
Your jaw bone relies on teeth for stimulation and support, so when teeth are lost the jaw bone shrinks, resulting in a prematurely aged facial appearance.
Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons in adulthood and it can be devastating to experience. A tooth can be lost due to tooth decay, gum disease, dental injury or may have never formed in the mouth.
If most or all of your teeth are missing or badly decayed, it’s likely affecting your ability to eat and speak normally. Your facial muscles and jaw bone may have already started to deteriorate without adequate support from teeth, leading to a sunken facial appearance.
Dental implants support the jaw bone and help restore function, strength and the overall appearance of your smile. Unlike any other missing teeth solution, they mimic the function of tooth roots that help to stimulate the jaw bone when you chew food. This helps keep the jaw bone healthy and stops it from shrinking away.
While most healthy adults are suitable candidates for dental implants, there are some conditions that can complicate treatment and even lead to implants failing.
During an initial consultation, Dr Norcross will discuss your treatment goals and medical history to ensure that no medical conditions or medications will impact treatment success. This follows an examination where we take radiographs, clinical photographs and a 3D bone scan to check if your jaw bone can support dental implants.
If your jaw bone is not large or dense enough, Dr Norcross may recommend a bone graft to make up enough bone to support your new crown, fixed implant bridge or implant-retained denture. Bone grafting is done at the same time as your implant surgery, and involves taking small amounts of bone, combining it with artificial bone and placing it in the area where it’s needed.
If you have an ongoing dental condition such as advanced gum disease, Dr Norcross can customise your treatment plan to bring your gums back to health before implant surgery.
To find out if you’re suitable for dental implants, contact us today to book an appointment.
Our pricing packages are designed to meet your functional goals, aesthetic goals and financial needs. You can use these prices as an indication of treatment costs. For an accurate quote, please book a consultation so we can assess your treatment suitability and take diagnostics.
The experienced team at Perth Dental Implant Centre are committed to putting your comfort first when it comes to restoring your smile with dental implants. We operate from two dedicated locations for your convenience, treating local, regional and interstate patients.
Our East Vic Park clinic is on Albany Hwy opposite The Park Centre with free parking onsite and access to public transport.
Our Kelmscott clinic is on Albany Hwy, just a 5-minute walk from Kelmscott Plaza with free parking onsite.
To accurately check if you have enough bone available to place dental implants, we take a detailed 3D x-ray known as a CBCT scan. This is similar to a CT scan but with a much lower dose of radiation. This shows us exactly how much bone you have and where vital structures such as nerves, sinuses and other tooth roots are. We can then ensure that when placing the implant there is no risk of the implant damaging these structures. We believe that a dental implant should not be placed without first carefully assessing a 3D bone scan. The cost of a 3D bone scan is $195.
At the Perth Dental Implant Centre, we have in-house 3D scanners at both of our clinics and can tell you on the day of your consultation, saving you time and money.
Teeth can be lost because of wider health issues or dental trauma, but in most cases, it is preventable when you’re aware of what harms them, like a poor diet, tooth decay, gum disease and bad oral habits:
It’s recommended that you replace your missing tooth as soon as possible. A missing tooth can affect your speech, the way you chew and subsequently your diet and nutrition, it can cause teeth alignment issues, jaw bone loss and may even cause gums to recede.
Yes, but only so much as they restore your facial shape to appear natural again. Dental implants restore a sunken appearance by supporting the jaw bone and filling in the cheeks, lips and stopping the nose and chin from coming closer together.
The amount and quality of jaw bone into which we can place a dental implant differs depending on the location within the mouth.
For example, jaw bone at the front of the mouth is typically much thinner, which adds complexity to treatment in order to achieve a successful result. Aesthetics is particularly important when it comes to replacing teeth in the front of the mouth, because they’re more visible when you smile, this also factors into treatment complexity and cost.
Teeth at the back of the mouth are hidden and are typically supported by more bone, which can make treatment easier. Following a 3D bone scan we can fully assess your circumstances and come up with a unique treatment plan for the best results.
When a tooth is removed, the surrounding bone can shrink or erode. The degree of erosion varies depending on the area in the mouth. It’s different for each individual, depending on the anatomy of the tooth and the bone.
Following a full assessment and 3D bone scan, we can advise whether you have enough jaw bone to support dental implants. If there isn’t enough bone, we can create more with bone grafting. This procedure takes place during first stage dental implant surgery.
There are a variety of tooth materials that can be used to make a single tooth, known as a crown or row of teeth, known as a bridge. The tooth materials we use include:
Tooth material is an important cost component when it comes to dental implants. A back tooth needs to be strong enough to withstand chewing cycles, while a front tooth will require a higher quality and aesthetically natural material.
There may be a period of time when we need to leave your dental implants to heal before we can design the final tooth or implant bridge. We’re able to provide you with a number of different temporary tooth options with different costs.
For a single dental implant, the treatment can take 3-9 months to complete and a number of appointments. We may also need to take x-rays of the implant and bone at different stages of the treatment. We do not charge for additional visits or x-rays required during your implant treatment.
It depends on whether any teeth need removing and also the condition of the gums and jawbone quality. There are different ways we manage a tooth that needs to be removed. Sometimes we may remove the tooth and wait 2-3 months before placing a dental implant. Other times, we will remove a tooth, place a bone graft material to preserve the bone, then wait longer to place the dental implant. In some cases, we may even be able to place the dental implant at the same time we remove the tooth.
Discovering which option is best for you depends on a wide variety of circumstances and each option has varying costs. The most important thing is to give the patient a successful and long-term outcome. We need to fully assess your mouth and 3D scan before we can decide on the best option for you.