Dental implants are essentially small titanium screws that act as replacement teeth, and are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They are a strong, reliable and long-lasting treatment that restores the original function and comfort combined with enhanced aesthetics.
Traditional dental restorations for missing teeth involved dentures or bridgework. Though these options restored some function, they did so at a cost the surrounding teeth. With advancements in modern dental technology, we can use dental implants as one of the most effective restorative treatment options to date. They will never decay or require root canal treatment, and with good care can last a lifetime.
Dental Implants are the most effective and comfortable alternative to natural teeth. Implants are essentially replacement tooth roots and function as secure foundations to replace teeth which are missing or to be removed, e.g. following trauma or breakdown.
If you live in South Australia and are missing teeth, it’s not only detrimental to the aesthetics of your smile; it can also be detrimental to your total oral health. A tooth that is lost can cause:
Dental implant teeth look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Implants stop shrinkage of the underlying jaw bone, thus maintaining gum and facial support.
The diagram below shows the loss of bone over time once teeth are no longer in place. Bone will shrink once teeth have been removed. Dental Implants stimulate the bone and bone shrinkage can be avoided.
Dr Lidums and his Team have worked for many years in partnership with Dentists across Australia in both teaching dental implant concepts and managing their patients. The Lidums Dental Implant Placement Service provides assurance that the critical implant placement procedure is performed by an experienced Specialist with a focus on long-term aesthetics and function. Some Dentists refer to us in order to provide all aspects of treatment including the final restoration. Our dental treatment technology and processes are among the most advanced in Australia.
The images above show patients who had failed/missing teeth. After careful planning of the bite and aesthetics, implants were placed and new teeth placed on top. Some of these cases followed the more traditional approach of implant placement, healing, a second stage of surgery and then placing a tooth on top a few months later. Traditional Dental Implant placement, where more stages are required, is required where there is more infection present, medical conditions, not enough bone or the dental implant will be replacing a tooth that takes a lot of bite pressure in the mouth (such as molar or eye tooth). Careful planning ensures the best long term outcome.