Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Missing teeth can have a significant effect on our confidence, and make us inclined to hide our smile. Yet the impact of missing teeth isn’t limited to our appearance. Missing teeth can make it harder to chew and eat. They can cause us pain, particularly around the exposed gum. They can allow other teeth to shift their position and result in misalignment. They may even impact the external appearance of the face, by resulting in a loss of bone structure.

It’s clear that there’s a strong argument for replacing missing teeth at your dentist. So, what is the process for having missing teeth replaced at your local dental clinic?

One of the most popular and effective ways to get your missing teeth replaced is with dental implants. In this article, let’s take a look at how they work, what the procedure involves, and the benefits.

Firstly, what is a dental implant?

It is a type of restoration for a missing tooth. It is a tooth replacement that is lifelike in appearance and function. The implant itself is a screw-like unit, often made of titanium, that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. On top of the implant, a dental crown is fitted by your dentist.

Implants are often suitable in cases where a person has a missing tooth. The causes of the missing tooth will be assessed by your orthodontist. Common causes include extensive decay, dental trauma, gum disease, and congenital issues.

However, it is worth noting that you do necessarily have to have a missing tooth for an implant to be recommended. If a tooth is extensively decayed, damaged, or broken, and beyond hope of repair, then your tooth doctor may advise or provide as an option an extraction, with the extracted tooth to be replaced with an implant.

However, your dentist will first undertake an examination and ask some questions to establish whether you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant. To have  implants, it is often required that you have strong gums and bones, are able to heal normally, do not smoke, and are not affected by any underlying disease that may influence how effective the implants are.

What is the dental implant procedure?

The procedure has two main stages. The first is the insertion of the dental implant into the jawbone. This may be undertaken in the clinic of your usual orthodontist Ashfield under local anaesthetic, meaning you do not have to make a separate trip to a specialist (check with your dentist to see if this is the case for you).

In the clinic, using a surgical implant guide, scans and models of your teeth and jawbone, the tooth doctor will insert the dental implant, which as noted has a thread around it which ensures the implant will stay in place. Once in place and the first part of the procedure completed, a period of time will be allowed for osseointegration. This is the process by which the jawbone and the implant fuse together, ensuring a stable, strong connection for the tooth replacement.

Typically, osseointegration takes three to six months, and progress will be monitored and assessed by your orthodontist. Once it has been established that the dental implant offers a firm base for the replacement, a dental crown will be placed onto the ‘abutment’ of the implant by your dentist Leichhardt.

A dental crown is a tooth-like cap and is commonly used by your dentist Summer Hill to amend damaged, broken, and misshapen teeth. Crowns are typically made of ceramic or porcelain. Dental crowns can also be used in conjunction with existing teeth that have sustained damage or decay. Typically, these existing teeth will be prepared to ensure a strong bonding surface, and then the crown will be attached with a dental bonding agent.

After the implant procedure, a degree of special care is recommended by your dentist, including the consumption of soft foods following the procedure and the maintenance of appropriate oral hygiene routines. Your orthodontist will be able to provide advice that is tailored to your circumstances.

The benefits of dental implants at your dentist

Dental implants offer a range of benefits when considering tooth replacement options. Unlike traditional dentures, implants provide a stable and long-term solution, mimicking the look and function of natural teeth. They are anchored securely in the jawbone, promoting durability and preventing issues like slipping or discomfort.

Compared to traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants offer the unique advantage of promoting long-term jawbone health. When a tooth is lost, the lack of a root leads to bone loss in the surrounding area. Implants, by replicating the root structure, provide stimulation and prevent this potentially concerning consequence of tooth extraction. Implants act as artificial tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone and maintaining its strength and density.

Moreover, dental implants contribute to improved oral function. With a secure foundation, individuals can confidently bite, chew, and speak without concerns about the prosthetic moving or shifting. This stability enhances overall comfort and allows for a more natural eating experience.

Aesthetically, dental implants provide a seamless and natural-looking appearance. The custom-made crowns or prosthetic teeth attached to the implants closely resemble natural teeth in shape and color, ensuring a beautiful and harmonious smile.

While the initial investment in dental implants may be higher than some alternatives, their long-term benefits, both in terms of oral health and quality of life, make them a valuable and often preferred choice for individuals seeking a reliable and lasting solution for missing teeth. Consultation with your dentist is crucial to determine if dental implants are the right option for your specific needs and circumstances.

They are often preferred because of how lifelike they are. Dental implants, capped with dental crowns, create a very authentic and convincing appearance of a real tooth, enabling people to feel fully confident again. Just like a normal tooth, they are also fixed in place, and not something you have to remove to clean. Being firmly in place, they enable chewing that is often more comfortable and effective than with alternative options.

That said, everyone’s circumstances are different, and in some cases, it may be preferable from a financial or circumstantial viewpoint to consider alternatives to dental implants. The other alternative dental treatments for replacing missing teeth are dental bridges and dentures.

Dental bridges require a series of crowns to be attached together to ‘bridge’ a gap where a missing tooth exists. This requires some modification of the existing teeth either side of the gap to form a strong bonding surface for the crown.

Dentures, commonly known as false teeth, are a device that sits on the gum ridges or is held in place by clasps onto the remaining natural teeth. Dentures may also be implant-retained, in that they are held in place by an implant, so it is possible for dentures and implants to be collaboratively used as solutions for replacing your missing teeth.

Where to get dental implants in Sydney’s Inner West?

Implants are a specialised skill, and not every dentist will offer a dental implant service. Try to find a orthodontist with a strong reputation for caring for the community and ample experience, so you can approach the procedure with confidence.




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