Tooth loss is an unfortunate factor in many people’s lives, however with dental implants it doesn’t have to be a permanent factor.
At Harris Dental Boutique in Bundaberg our dental professionals are committed to helping people treat tooth loss permanently. Dental implants anchor dentures or replace single missing or broken teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant acts as an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jawbone. This dental implant is a small post-like device that can anchor:
- A crown
- A bridge
- An implant supported denture
Once one of these restorations is placed you should once again have the full use of your dental arch before you lost your tooth/teeth.
What is a dental implant made of?
A dental implant is fabricated from titanium which is a strong and durable material. The reason why dental implants have such a high success rate is because titanium is an extremely biocompatible material. This allows the bone and the implant to bond together in a process called osseointegration.
Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
If you have a reasonably healthy mouth and body then it is likely that you would be a suitable candidate for dental implants. Our dental professionals will need to assess the health of your gums and the density of your jawbone in order to assess whether dental implants would be the right choice for you.
You will need a reasonable amount of jawbone dentistry in order to place your dental implant. If you do not have enough jawbone dentistry a bone graft can be performed in some circumstances.
Dental implants can be a suitable choice for those who have experienced single tooth loss, through to those who have experienced multiple or whole arch tooth loss.
Why should you replace missing teeth?
There are a number of different factors in tooth loss that can be concerning in regards to your dental and your overall health. Some concerns that can occur after tooth loss include:
- Bone loss
Each of your teeth stimulates your jawbone which maintains its structure. Once a tooth is missing, there becomes a lack of stimulation for the jawbone. The lack of stimulation can cause the jawbone to degenerate, however once the jawbone dissolves it cannot be grown back.
The positioning of your teeth can be affected by tooth loss as the surrounding teeth can drift into the gap to accommodate for the new space. This can disrupt the appearance of your smile, as well as your bite patterns.
- Impaired eating patterns
If you are missing one or more teeth you may find that your eating patterns are impaired as you are not able to chew the same foods as before. This can affect your health and your lifestyle. In addition to this, missing teeth also have the potential to affect your speech patterns as well.
Meeting your dental needs at Harris Dental Boutique
Our practice is designed to provide innovative dental treatments that provide long term results. At our Bundaberg practice we are committed to helping you achieve a beautiful healthy smile.