Are you one of those people who are hesitant to speak or smile openly because of missing teeth? Well, here’s some good news: Dental implants have stepped onto the scene as a game-changer in dentistry, offering a solution that restores your missing teeth and brings back your comfort. This remarkable innovation has sparked a revolution in the dental industry, reshaping how we approach tooth loss and transforming countless lives. From their groundbreaking impact on oral health to the profound changes they’re bringing to people’s lives, you’ll discover how dental implants are more than replacements for missing teeth; they’re a pathway to regaining your smile. So, let’s learn more about dental implants, from the procedure to the benefits and aftercare.
What are Dental Implants?
Imagine your teeth have a hidden part that’s like the roots of a plant. When you lose a tooth, this remote part also disappears, making it hard to replace the tooth. Dental implants consist of three key components:
- a titanium post surgically placed into your jawbone
- an abutment connecting the post to your replacement tooth
- a dental crown, an artificial tooth looks and functions just like your natural teeth
The metal posts are small and strong screws that go into your jawbone, just like the roots of a tree go into the ground. These metal posts act as new roots for your missing teeth. Once the metal posts are in your jawbone, they become part of your mouth, like how a puzzle piece fits perfectly. After a little time, your jawbone grows around the metal posts and holds them tight. This makes a strong base for new teeth (crown) connected to the metal post with a connector known as an abutment.
The Implant Journey
The journey for the implant placement typically includes the following steps:
Your journey begins with a consultation with a dentist. He’ll assess your oral health, discuss your goals, and determine if dental implants fit you.
If you’re a candidate, the implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone. This post serves as a secure foundation for your replacement tooth.
After placement, your jawbone needs time to fuse with the implant. This process, known as osseointegration, ensures a strong and stable base for your new tooth.
Abutment and Crown
Once the implant is firmly integrated, the abutment is attached to the post. Finally, the custom-made crown is affixed to the abutment, completing your new smile.
Seeking guidance from a dentist is vital to assess the viability of implants for your situation. At Superior Smiles, we offer a comprehensive consultation to determine your eligibility for the dental implant procedure based on your medical and dental history, teeth condition and specific oral and aesthetic needs. Our friendly dentists take the time to listen and understand and listen to your needs, exploring all options to allow you to make an informed decision.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a fixed and durable solution for replacing missing teeth, offering several key benefits such as:
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. This contrasts with other options like dentures or bridges, which may need to be replaced every several years.
No Impact on Adjacent Teeth
Unlike bridges, which often require the support of neighbouring teeth, dental implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. This preserves the health and integrity of your natural teeth.
Natural Look and Feel
Dental implants are crafted to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. This means you can smile, talk, and eat comfortably, as they feel like your teeth.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants offer exceptional stability. This means you can enjoy your favourite foods without worry and speak without fear of your teeth slipping.
Preserving Your Jawbone
The underlying jawbone can deteriorate when you lose a tooth. Dental implants act as placeholders, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
Dentures can sometimes slip or cause speech difficulties. Dental implants securely anchored in the jawbone do not impact your ability to speak clearly.
Dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth, eliminating the discomfort and inconvenience often associated with removable dentures.
Convenience and Maintenance
Dental implants don’t require any special cleaning or adhesives. You can care for them like your natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
With dental implants, you can enjoy all your favourite activities without hesitation. Eat, laugh, and live life to the fullest – your implants will keep up!
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implant?
Several factors are considered to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implant surgery. These factors include:
It would help if you have healthy gum tissue without significant signs of gum disease (periodontal disease). Healthy gums are essential for successfully integrating the implant with the bone.
Sufficient Bone Density
Adequate bone density in the jaw is crucial to support the dental implant. A bone graft may be necessary before implant placement if there is not enough bone.
You should be in good general health, as certain health conditions (such as uncontrolled diabetes, immune disorders, or certain cardiovascular conditions) can affect the success of the implant surgery.
No Smoking or Tobacco Use
Smoking can impair the healing process and increase the risk of implant failure. You will be advised to quit smoking before undergoing dental implant surgery.
Commitment to Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene practices are essential for the long-term success of dental implants. You should be willing and able to maintain proper oral care after the procedure.
Dental implants can be placed if you are an adult, meaning your growth is complete. If you are an adolescent or young adult, you may need to wait until your jawbone has fully developed.
No Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth grinding can stress dental implants excessively, potentially leading to complications. If you have bruxism, your dentist may recommend addressing this issue before undergoing implant surgery.
Follow up & Aftercare
You should be able to follow post-operative care instructions and attend follow-up appointments as needed. The recovery process and implant integration can take several months.
Are Dental Implants Worth Investing?
Dental implants offer many benefits, making them a worthwhile investment for those seeking a lasting and natural-looking solution for missing teeth. They improve appearance, function, and comfort while preserving bone health and facial structure. They can also replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even a complete set of teeth, making them a more flexible and versatile treatment.
Ready to Restore Your Smile?
If you’ve been considering dental implants as a teeth replacement option, talk to our Fremantle dentists for more information. We offer a range of general, cosmetic and holistic dental treatments tailored to your unique requirements. Our holistic approach ensures that you get complete mouth care comfortably and with lasting results. Book a consultation today.