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 Haberfield or dentist Leichhardt. 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, Haberfield Dental Practice will be explaining how dental implants work, what the procedure involves and the benefits.
Firstly, what is a dental implant?
A dental implant 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 Five Dock.
Dental implants are often suitable in cases where a person has a missing tooth. The causes of the missing tooth will be assessed by your dentist. 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 dentist may advise or provide as an option an extraction, with the extracted tooth to be replaced with a dental implant.
However, your dentist Summer Hill will first undertake an examination and ask some questions to establish whether you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant. To have dental 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 dental implants are.
What is the dental implant procedure?
The dental implant 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 dentist Ashfield under local anaesthetic, meaning you do not have to make a separate trip to a specialist (check with your dentist Haberfield 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 dentist near me 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 dentist Five Dock. 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 dental implant procedure, a degree of special care is recommended by your dentist Ashfield, including the consumption of soft foods following the procedure and the maintenance of appropriate oral hygiene routines. Your dentist Haberfield will be able to provide advice that is tailored to your circumstances.
The benefits of dental implants at your dentist Haberfield
Dental implants 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 a dental implant, so it is possible for dentures and dental implants to be collaboratively used as solutions for replacing your missing teeth.
Where to get dental implants in Sydney’s Inner West?
Dental implants are a specialised skill, and not every dentist will offer a dental implant service. Try to find a dentist with a strong reputation for caring for the community and ample experience, so you can approach the procedure with confidence.
A popular option for dental implants in Sydney’s inner west is Haberfield Dental Practice. Call us on (02) 9797 8080 or book online to find out more about dental implants and take the first step towards replacing your missing teeth or restoring your damaged teeth.