Perhaps one of the most emotional moments our patients face is when they experience the need for extraction or tooth loss.
At Beale & Cullen Dental, we understand this is a stressful time, and we are here to help. Our dentists, Dr Richard Beale and Dr Louisa Cullen, are here to reassure you and to provide you with every option available to restore your smile so that you can eat, laugh and speak confidently again.
Starting with a Healthy Mouth
A complete exam will ensure that underlying conditions, such as periodontal disease, will not undermine the success of your treatment. Sufficient bone must be present for the success of your dental implant.
Steps for Dental Implants
We work closely with surgical experts in our area to ensure that our patients enjoy optimum results and a healthy smile they feel great about.
Dental implant surgery requires precise planning to determine the ideal location for your dental implant and whether additional treatments such as bone grafting or sinus lifts will be necessary.
Dental implants, made of titanium, will integrate with your jawbone, forming a stable foundation to support a custom dental implant crown. Your crown, designed just for you, will blend in beautifully and give you many years of reliable service with the proper care.
- Consultation to discuss your goals and options
- Implant treatment organisation
- Surgical placement
- Integration (3 to 4 months)
- Dental crown placement
- Maintenance and care
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants function much like natural teeth because they replace the entire tooth – including the root.
By replacing the root, your dental implant will stimulate bone and inhibit a process called resorption, when the bone begins to deteriorate after tooth loss. Maintaining healthy bone supports the foundation of your other teeth and keeps your facial appearance full.
Replacing missing teeth is essential since a gap in your smile allows teeth to shift or tilt and can have a negative impact on your bite. Whether you choose a bridge or dental implant, both will act as a placeholder, keeping your other teeth in proper alignment.
Dental implants are so realistic that only you will know it is not your own tooth.
Implant-Supported Dentures or Bridges
For patients wanting a solution to multiple missing teeth, dental implants can support either dentures or bridges, providing a more affordable solution than multiple single dental implants.
Many patients appreciate the added stability that dental implants provide by keeping dentures stable and avoiding slipping or falling while you eat or laugh. Placing 4 to 6 dental implants per arch will provide a locking mechanism, keeping dentures in place until they are removed for cleaning or repairs.
Say Goodbye to Gaps in Your Smile
We welcome you to contact our Christchurch dental practice and learn all of the ways that modern dentistry can complete your smile. Our entire team is dedicated to helping you find the solution that works best for you.