Dental Implants

If you are missing a tooth – or several teeth – this can create major problems in your mouth. It can ruin your smile and affect your confidence. The remaining teeth can gradually shift or rotate into the gap, resulting in a misaligned bite. Missing teeth also make you more prone to gum disease. Dental implants are effectively used to replace missing teeth.

Dental implants, or tooth implants, consist of posts or frames which are surgically implanted into your jawbone and provide a base for mounting replacement teeth onto.

You must have healthy gums and adequate bone for tooth implants to be successful.

Types of Dental Implants

Benefits of Dental Implants

Once they have been surgically implanted, teeth implants look and feel like normal teeth. They are fused to your jawbone, so they provide an extremely stable base for dentures and bridges that will not slip or shift. This means they are even more effective at restoring your ability to eat and speak properly.

Dental implants replace missing teeth without needing to be anchored to any other teeth. They are also considered to be a permanent option for replacing missing teeth as they do not usually need to be replaced every few years.

For dental implants to be a long-term success, it is important to have excellent oral hygiene, which will keep the structures healthy.

Dental Implant Cost

Implants for teeth can not only be an investment in your oral health, but also in your quality of life as they provide so many benefits to the way you look and feel. We understand that the cost of dental implants is a factor that needs to be considered. Our implant Dentists will work with you to come up with teeth implant solutions that best fit your needs, lifestyle and budget. McIntosh Dental provide a number of dental payment plans and options to help you manage the price of dental implants without sacrificing your lifestyle.

Contact us to find out more about our dental implant procedures.

Implant Bridges

There are many reasons why you may be missing a tooth, or several teeth. Trauma or injury is a really common cause, as well as having poor oral health over a long period of time which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Replacing a lost tooth or teeth is important. Not only do gaps spoil the aesthetics of your smile, they can cause bite and alignment issues as surrounding teeth gradually move or rotate into the gap. This can affect your ability to chew properly and speak clearly. Missing teeth also tend to make it easier for plaque to build up in places which are difficult to reach with your toothbrush, which can result in gum disease and ultimately the loss of more teeth – a vicious cycle!

A dental bridge is a device used to “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Implant bridges work in the same way as regular dental bridges, but instead are supported by implants into the jaw rather than being attached to the surrounding remaining teeth. The crowns (the visible part of the tooth) are connected to each other to form one bridge piece held in place by the implants.

Advantages of Implant Bridges

  • Prevents misalignment of the remaining teeth by closing the gap, preserving the bite and shape of the mouth
  • Restores the smile and overall aesthetics
  • Helps to reduce the susceptibility of gum disease in hard-to-reach places
  • Unlike regular dental bridges, implant bridges do not rely on the support of neighbouring teeth and therefore do not place any strain on them.
  • Effective option for replacing more than one missing tooth
  • Because they are implanted into your jaw, implant bridges and implant crowns are extremely stable and function just like regular teeth.

Implant Crowns

If you are missing a tooth, not only can this look unsightly, but it can also cause bite, alignment and oral health issues in your mouth. Replacing a missing tooth is important for several reasons: it restores your smile, maintains your bite and alignment so that your speech and ability to eat isn’t affected, and helps to reduce your susceptibility to oral health problems. A missing tooth can also affect the shape of your mouth, as your remaining teeth begin to move to fill the gap which changes the natural arch and span of your mouth.

An implant crown is an excellent option for replacing a single missing tooth. The implant acts as the missing tooth’s root to fill the gap, and a crown, which is the visible part of the tooth, then gives a great aesthetic finish to restore your smile.

Because it is attached to an implant in the jaw, an implant crown is completely stable and solid. Unlike regular dental crowns, it does not have to rely on the support of neighbouring teeth. There does, however, need to be enough bone in the jaw for the implant.

Implant crowns function just like a natural tooth, and we match the colour to your other teeth perfectly. Crowns can be made of porcelain, ceramic, gold, or a combination of these materials.

Here at McIntosh Dental we have over three decades’ experience in dental implants, so you are in good hands with us. We use the latest technology to give you the best results with minimal discomfort.

Your Dental Implant Experts

With over 37 years’ experience in dental implant surgery and prosthetics, Dr Alex McIntosh heads the dental implant team here at McIntosh Dental. Over those years he has continually adopted improved methodology, implant techniques and materials to provide his patients with superior results. He is passionate about giving his patients confidence in their smiles and solutions that work with their lifestyles. Dr McIntosh is acknowledged by the NZ Dental Council as being one of the country’s most experienced Dental Surgeons in implant dentistry in advanced complex cases, both surgical and restorative.

Contact us to discuss your implant crown options.