Dental Implants in Auckland NZ | St Heliers Dental Centre

Dental Implant Treatment in Auckland NZ

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If you want to replace one or more missing teeth, or you want a more stable foundation for dentures, dental implants can be the best long term solution to restore a smile that looks and feels natural. A dental implant is a titanium screw that's secured in the jaw and covered by a replacement tooth or teeth.

At St Heliers Dental Centre in Auckland, dental implants are provided by our experienced implant dentists at the practice. Find out what to expect when getting teeth implants and book a consultation.

Why choose dental implants at Our Auckland based clinic?

Dental implants are a permanent treatment for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Whether you want to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth, an implant can last a lifetime with good care, whereas alternatives such as a dental bridge or dentures will need to be replaced after a number of years.

While other treatments only replace a tooth above the gum, a dental implant replaces the whole tooth down to the root. Your new teeth are firmly anchored to your jawbone, so they feel just like natural teeth and you're free to eat whatever you like without any problems.

Dental implants also support the jaw and facial structure, which can help to avoid premature ageing of the face and improve your self-confidence. If you're considering a dental implant in Auckland, we'll make sure you understand what the procedure involves and what results you can expect from your new smile.

Who can get dental implants?

We can provide dental implants in Auckland for most people over the age of 18 who are missing one or more teeth. There's no upper age limit for dental implants, which have a high success rate for adults of all ages, including the elderly. However, implants are not suitable for people under 18, as their jaws have not yet finished developing.

To be a candidate for dental implants, you should have healthy gums free from gum disease and your jaw should be large enough to support an implant. If your jaw is too small, a bone graft procedure can increase its size.

You may not be eligible for dental implants or bone grafting if you have certain medical conditions that affect healing.

Dental implant procedure at our Auckland clinic

Dental implant treatments at our Auckland clinic are completed in 2 main stages: the surgical stage and the prosthetic stage.

The surgical stage involves placement of the dental implant or implants in the jawbone. This is normally performed under local anaesthetic or a combination of local anaesthetic and intravenous sedation. The prosthetic stage involves creating and fitting a natural-looking replacement tooth or teeth over the implant.

After an implant is placed in the jaw, it should be left to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months. During this time, new bone grows around the implant, which holds it securely in place. This process is called osseointegration.

The length of time required for healing depends on whether the tooth implant is placed in the upper or lower jaw, as well as the quality of the bone. During this healing phase, we can provide you with a temporary bridge or you can continue to wear your existing full or partial dentures.

Once the dental implants have bonded, we'll perform a second operation to fit extensions (known as abutments) to the implant. After another 2 weeks, to give your gum time to heal, we'll take impressions of your mouth and implants and use these to make your permanent crown, bridge or attachments for dentures.

What to expect with a dental implant

Our Dental implant treatments have an exceedingly high success rate for our Auckland based patients. Long term studies show that 95–99% of complete bridges (when all teeth are replaced by implants) continue to function well for many years. Success rates are even higher for single dental implants.

However, the long term success of dental implants is dependent on good dental care. You should brush your dental implants and your gums regularly in the same way as you would for your natural teeth. You should also continue to have regular check-ups with a dentist and dental hygienist to help keep your mouth healthy.

Mini Dental Implants in Auckland

If you're considering dental implants to support dentures, Mini Dental Implants (MDI) could be a more convenient and affordable alternative for cheap dental implants in Auckland that don't require as many visits.

Mini Dental Implants consist of a miniature 1.8mm titanium/alloy implant and a retaining fixture containing an o-ring that can be incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the dental implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket. The o-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated, holding the denture at a predetermined level of force.

The denture gently rests on the gum when seated and the implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces. This minimally invasive dental implant procedure doesn't require waiting for bone healing, as you can continue to wear your dentures as normal after the implants are placed.


Dr. Fiona van Heerden explains Mini Dental Implants

Dental implants FAQs

How much does a dental implant cost?

The cost of dental implants varies depending on the type of implant you choose, how many teeth you need to replace and other considerations. We'll give you a quote during your consultation, so you know what to expect.

We can also offer payment plans to help make your dental implant costs more manageable.

Dental implant cost is higher compared to the alternatives because the procedure is more complex – requiring a suitably qualified and experienced dentist and usually involving several appointments.

We understand that the cost of dental implants puts the treatment out of some people's price range. That's why we also offer alternatives such as Mini Dental Implants if you need more affordable dental implant option.

Dental implants in Auckland provided by our experienced implant dentist have a high success rate and can last a lifetime with good dental care.

The artificial crown, bridge or denture covering the dental implant will normally need to be replaced after 5 to 15 years, depending on the material it's made from and how well you care for it.

Dental implants aren't any more painful than standard dental procedures such as root canals. Local anaesthesia or other sedation will be used to numb pain during dental implant surgery.

Your mouth might feel sore for up to a week after the implant treatment, which can be relieved with over-the-counter medication. If you're nervous about the procedure, we can discuss sedation options that could help you to relax.

If you're only having one or two dental implants, general anaesthesia isn't normally required. We may recommend putting you to sleep if you're having a larger number of teeth replaced or for a more complex dental implant procedure.

General anaesthesia will also be needed if you're having a bone graft or multiple extractions prior to dental implants.

The dental implant procedure normally takes several appointments over a number of months to allow the implant to bond with the jawbone. However, some options such as Mini Dental Implants and other full arch implants to support a denture can sometimes be completed in a single appointment.

Book a consultation for Auckland dental implants today

If you're considering dental implants in Auckland NZ and you want to know more, call St Heliers Dental Centre on (09) 575 5814 or contact us to book a consultation with Dr Neil Dewar. We'll give you all the information you need about dental implant costs and risks so you can make fully informed decisions.

Our Auckland dental implants clinic is located at St Heliers, close to Glen Innes and nearby Kohimarama.
We also see patients from other nearby suburbs including Glendowie, Meadowbank and St Johns.