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Dental Implants Introduction

Dental implants are an excellent long term solution to replacing tooth loss.

Dental implants can be used to replace both single and multiple teeth, and can also be used in association with removable dentures to anchor or improve the stability of the dentures.

Unlike other options that may be uncomfortable (dentures) or affect your natural tooth structure, dental implants are a great solution.

It is important to note that each individual will have a unique set of circumstances that may influence which is the best option to replace missing teeth.

A dental implant uses an artificial tooth root that is submerged under the gum and attaches to the jawbone. One or more missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants. Dental implants are made from a very strong, biocompatible material placed in a simple procedure.

Dental implants have two functions.

  • To provide a platform on which to construct crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth.
  • To preserve the bone from eroding away after teeth are lost.

Dental implants can also be used in association with removable dentures to anchor or improve the stability of the dentures.

The main purpose of dental implants is to:

  1. To provide a platform on which to construct crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth
  2. To preserve the bone from eroding away after teeth are lost

What are some other advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate and longevity. One of the main advantages is a huge improvement in speech and eating (the ability to chew and digest food).

How can an implant improve eating and digestion?

As your mouth is the start of the digestive tract, it is vitally important to the way you absorb nutrients from ingested food. Teeth are designed to assist this digestion process and assist in the absorption of nutrients.

The first part of digestion is the action of chewing your food. This increases the surface area of the food and covers food in saliva, allowing nutrients to more easily broken down and more available for absorption. It goes without saying, that you need teeth to chew your food.

To chew our food correctly we ideally need teeth that meet. If we have a missing tooth or missing teeth, we can replace them with dentures, bridges or dental implants.

Advantages of dental implants over dentures

One of our patients has recently started treatment for 4 dental implants – at 90 years of age! Why start this at 90? One of the main reasons is due to the advantages of dental implants over dentures.

A denture will normally rest on the gum while the dental implant is integrated into bone. Unlike dentures, dental implants fuse with your jawbone meaning they are fixed. Dentures may move and irritate the soft tissues in the mouth.

So much of your everyday life relies on your mouth and teeth to be in working order (eg. eating, talking, smiling, laughing, yawning or coughing). These implants will allow her to enjoy life without worrying about her denture.

Can dentures and dental implants be used together?

Yes. Dental implants can not only replace the need for dentures altogether, but can be used in conjunction with dentures. When used simultaneously, dental implants can improve the stability of dentures and therefore improve comfort and function.

The advantages of dental implants over bridges

Dental implants also have advantages over dental bridges. Unlike a bridge which is anchored to neighbouring teeth, a dental implant integrates with jaw bone. A very important distinction is the preservation of adjacent teeth which are normally reduced to support a fixed bridge. Dental implants also allowing better access for cleaning between the teeth when compared with a fixed bridge.

In general, dental implants can be used for much more than an improvement in looks, but also facilitate an improvement in functionality. This improved functionality will allow you to eat the healthy foods to be at your optimal health.

What is involved when placing dental implants?

A dental implant is placed using a titanium fixture into a socket where you have a missing tooth.

The bone grows around the titanium implant and eventually bonds to it. This makes the implant very strong. This process is called ‘osseointegration’.

After an initial healing period, during which the implant left undisturbed, it is uncovered and connected porcelain crown.

How does it take to get a dental implant?

From start to finish, the process takes an average of 6 months (depending upon individual circumstances).

At the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre we recognise that while dental implants are an excellent long term solution to replacing tooth loss there are some issues that need to be considered first in the context of your general health.

There are three major considerations you should consult your dentist about when investigating dental implants:

  1. Are you allergic or hypersensitive to the metal used?
  2. What is your general health status? If you have a compromised immune system the longevity of the implant can be affected. At the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre we conduct a thorough medical assessment to assess if you are suitable for dental implants.
  3. Why were the teeth lost in the first place? If you lost the tooth or teeth due to tooth infections, the dental implant may not last. You should always address the original problem first.

If you would like to ask our team about dental implants – please contact us now on (02) 9221 5800 or send us an enquiry.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant uses an artificial tooth root that is submerged under the gum and attaches to the jawbone. One or more missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants. Dental implants are made from a very strong, biocompatible material placed in a simple procedure.

What should you consider when thinking about dental implants?

What is your general health status?

If you have a compromised immune system the longevity of the implant can be affected. At the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre we conduct a thorough medical assessment to assess if you are suitable for dental implants.

Why was the tooth lost in the first place? If you lost the tooth or teeth due to tooth infections, the dental implant may not last. You should always address the original problem first.

Are there any disadvantages to dental implants?

A potential problem of dental implants is metal sensitivity, although this is very rare. There are a few ways in which we can address metal sensitivity if required. This can be discussed with the dentist during a consolation, as each case is unique.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.