A dental implant Melbourne is one of the most popular methods of replacing missing teeth. A dental implant Melbourne can provide better strength and stability than any other tooth replacement options. Although bridges used to be the most popular form of replacing missing teeth, it can be an invasive procedure causing detrimental impact to the adjacent teeth. This could have long-term repercussions as the adjacent teeth weaken over time resulting in further tooth loss.
The dental implant works differently. It is completely independent of your surrounding teeth. Rather it strengthens the jawbone and by replacing the missing tooth provides stability for the surrounding teeth promoting better dental health overall. If you were thinking about replacing your missing teeth then the best option for you could be a dental implant Melbourne. To begin with you will need to make sure that you are eligible for dental implants. If you have underlying health conditions then this will need to be discussed. If you suffer from diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease or other systemic complications which affect your body’s healing process then a dental implant may not be suitable for you but you will be offered other teeth replacement options. If you suffer from tooth decay or gum disease then these will also be addressed by your dentist and treated prior to replacing your missing teeth.
It is important to note however that teeth should be replaced sooner rather than later. The longer you allow tooth loss to affect your mouth the greater complications you will face in the future and you could end up with further missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that comes in different lengths and widths, individually tailored to replace the root of your missing tooth. The size of the implant will depend on the space available within the jawbone. Some patients may require bone grafting so that the implant can fit securely in place.
Dental implant surgery
Dental implants work by a natural body process known as osseointegration. Dental implant surgery is an invasive procedure and you will need a local anaesthetic as well as sedation if necessary for your comfort and ease. A small hole is drilled into the bone socket of the missing tooth so that the implant can fit snugly in place. This is when osseointegration begins. Bone cells form around the implant so that it becomes locked into the jaw and can only be taken out by fracture. Your gums will be stitched over the implant so that the implant gets a chance to heal.
The process takes 4 to 6 months to be complete after which the gum will be re-exposed and a healing cap will be placed on the implant so that the gum around the implant can heal successfully. This takes a few weeks after which an abutment is attached to the implant.
The abutment is the connector between the implant and your dental prosthetic. You can have a crown, a bridge or a set of dentures fitted onto the implant to replace your missing tooth or teeth. This will help restore the function of your mouth, the appearance of your smile and also promote positive well-being.
Tooth loss can affect your life in many different ways and even replacement teeth may sometimes be a nuisance if they do not fit properly or if you are not happy with them so speak to your dentist and find out about dental implants for replacing your missing teeth and learn how they can change your life for the better. With good dental hygiene and regular visits to your dental practice your dental implants can last approximately 15 years or even for the rest of your life.
All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.