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10 Incredibly Useful Facts about Dental Implants That You May Not Know

Are you considering investing in dental implants to replace one or more of your missing teeth? Making the decision to get dental implants is such a big decision and it is important to familiarise yourself with all the pro’s and con’s before considering the surgery…

At Harris Dental Boutique in Bundaberg, we see many people from Bundaberg and the surrounding areas that have a limited understanding of the significant role dental implants play in modern restorative treatments. Dental implants are one of the few innovations that can support the role left by missing teeth. Despite this, for every procedure that requires some form of surgery there are always risks when undergoing the procedure. That is why at Harris Dental Boutique we want to inform our patients on all the pro’s and con’s, before they consider if dental implants are the right method of restoration for them.

1# Dental implants don’t replace teeth, they replace roots…

A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is used to replace the connection, originally created by the tooth root, between the tooth and the jaw. This connection stimulates the bone, gums and surrounding teeth to stay happy and healthy.

2# Dental Implants are made from titanium because they are biocompatible…

Titanium is one of the most commonly used metals in surgical procedures because of its biocompatibility. This means that it has an incredibly reduced chance of being rejected from the body during and after surgery.

3# Dental Implants are permanent…

Once dental implants are placed in the jaw they are not removable. Due to their biocompatibility, the dental implants will actually fuse with the jawbone overtime to create a stable and permanent structure for prosthetic or porcelain crowns to be placed.

4# Crowns and bridges are placed over dental implants…

Dental implants are used to give prosthetic or porcelain crowns and bridges a stable and permanent structure to be paced on. This ensures that the replacement ‘teeth’ do not wiggle or shift and can become a permanent fixture inside your mouth, which can make moving your mouth so much easier.

5# Those who have dental implants may find it easier to eat and speak…

Missing teeth can hinder the ability to eat and speak properly because there is no longer a balance between the occlusion (bite) and the remaining teeth may find it difficult to pick up the slack for the missing teeth. If missing teeth are not replaced this can actually lead to tooth migration which means the teeth will move into the position of the vacant tooth in order to pick up the slack. Dental implants replace missing teeth and give patients the ability to eat and speak again and prevent teeth from migrating.

6# Damage professional hand reduces the risk of nerve damage…

There is always a risk when getting delicate surgeries. Even though dental implants have an incredibly high success rate, if placed too close to a nerve they can cause the patient to experience chronic pain, tingling or numbness in their cheek, gums, tongue, lips or chin. This nerve damage could be temporary or permanent and the implant might need to be removed. That is why dentist who perform dental implant incisions are highly trained to avoid complications during and after the surgery.

7# Post surgery recovery takes around twelve weeks…

To ensure osteointegration (the process of the implant bonding and healing with the jaw bone) the implant should be allowed to heal for at least twelve weeks before a crown or implant is placed on the tooth.

8# It is always important to seek a second opinion before considering dental implants…

Getting second opinions about serious dental treatments like dental implants is a great way to get professional opinions and put your personal dental requirements into perspective. All dentists have different philosophies on different treatments and getting diverse opinions will make your final decision more considered and thorough.

At Harris Dental Boutique we want you to know all the facts before you consider the implants…

We find that the best way to find out if dental implants are right for you is to book an appointment with a trained dental professional. Those who conduct dental implant procedures are highly trained and qualified to engage in such a delicate procedure. If you are interested in dental implants, the team at Harris Dental Boutique we are more than happy to answer your questions and give you our professional opinion.

Would you like to find out more about dental implants from our experienced dental practitioners? You can give us a call at Harris Dental Boutique today on 07 4159 0660.

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