Dental implants are the best option to replace a tooth that is functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Dental implants are currently the best and most reliable treatment to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth, or to stabilise a denture. The result is not only durable and long-lasting, it also looks, functions and feels exactly like your original tooth. So much so that you might forget that you had ever lost a tooth!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a fixed solution for a tooth that is missing or has been removed. A small, titanium screw-like dental piece is surgically positioned in to the jawbone, in the same space that the original tooth might have been. This creates the ‘structure’ of the tooth, which both strong and enduring.
A colour-matched crown is placed on to the top of the dental implant, to cover its titanium top and to make it look just like the rest of your teeth. Once recovered, it is unlikely you will be able to tell the difference between your real and false teeth.
Do I need a tooth implant?
Missing teeth can cause a number of problems affecting not only your appearance, but also your health. Some of the reasons you may need a tooth implant include:
When there is no tooth, the jaw bone beneath the empty gum can deteriorate as there is no stimulation to the area. The bones in the jaw are stimulated by the everyday pressures and functions of the jaw, like chewing as they travel down the root of the tooth. Much like muscles, if there is no stimulation to the bone, it can begin to atrophy.
Missing teeth might also destabilise the surrounding teeth, causing them to slant and move out of optimum position. This can impact your bite, ability to speak and chew and your appearance.
You may also want to have a dental implant to stabilise and secure a full denture. This can hold the denture in place, making it easier to speak and chew without the worry of the denture losing its position. It also can dramatically improve the overall comfort of the appliance.
Root canal ineligible:
Sometimes, a damaged or decayed tooth cannot be saved by root canal treatment. In this case, your dentists may recommend that the tooth is extracted and a dental implant is placed instead, maintaining the integrity of your jaw and your oral health and function.
Dental Implants versus Dentures verses dental bridges
Dental implants are generally considered the best, long term solution for missing teeth. This is because they are permanent, easy to clean and natural looking. However, factors like the invasiveness of the dental implant procedure and the overall cost when replacing multiple teeth causes some patients choose dentures or bridges instead. A consultation with your friendly dentist at Complete Dental in Coorparoo & Elanora will help you to determine the best option for your situation.
Can I get a dental implant?
Most patients in good health and with good oral hygiene are good candidates for a dental implant. However, it is important that there is enough bone in the jaw to ensure a strong foundation for your new implant. If the bone has atrophied beyond the point of being suitable, your dentist may suggest a bone graft to increase your chance at implant success for life.
If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, it might just be time to see your dentist to discuss replacement options. Call our friendly team at Complete Dental in Coorparoo & Elanora to make an appointment today.