Dental implants are the most successful form of treatment available for the replacement of missing teeth, offering you teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Loose and uncomfortable dentures can now be replaced with something that is permanent and feels like part of you.
Natural teeth play a crucial role in breaking down food as the first step of digestion process. When a tooth is lost, the chewing efficiency of the oral cavity reduces and as a result, there is more workload on remaining teeth and teeth around the missing tooth can start moving in unwanted directions. As a result, one’s oral health becomes compromised. As implants are quite a comfortable solution to these problems, they have become an increasingly popular choice. We at samford dentist, have the necessary equipment and facilities to perform these surgeries in our samford dentist, Queensland office. If you have a question about dental implants, make an appointment and meet our team.
An implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone as a substitute for a missing tooth root. They are allowed to integrate naturally with the bone (a process called osseointegration) before a crown, bridge or fixed denture is fitted to replace one or more missing teeth, eliminating the need for uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures.
There are many reasons dental implants may be recommended to you. Tooth loss due to trauma, decay or gum disease can all be reasons why a permanent solution such as an implant would be suggested. Missing teeth can cause many problems in the structure of your face, creating premature aging, loss of bone structure and the inability to function correctly when eating or with your speech.
Dental implants and oral health
Dental implants replace the lost tooth root. They are designed to integrate with the surrounding bone and become an integral part of the supporting bone structure and adjacent teeth. When a tooth is lost, the chewing efficiency reduces and there is more workload on other teeth, predisposing them more to splitting. Restoring this space will help preserve the adjacent. Additionally, the gap created by the missing tooth creates an imbalance in the dentition where the nearby teeth are pushed towards the gap leading to orthodontic problems. The crown that is fixed over the implant fills the gap and prevents nearby teeth from shifting.
The tooth loss can cause the supporting bone to shrink because of lack of stimulation from tooth root. Implants integrate with bone structure and thereby prevents the bone from shrinking. This is one of the major benefits of dental implants over other restorations.
The benefits of dental implants are
- A permanent solution for a missing tooth or many teeth
- They match your natural teeth in appearance, function and feel
- Implants improve the appearance of your smile
- They restore your bite
- They help retain bone structure.
Am I a Candidate?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be the perfect candidate for dental implant treatment. Only dental implants can replace your entire tooth, including the root structure. You can forget about your ill-fitting dentures, unsatisfactory prosthetics or gaps due to missing teeth, as dental implants will provide a strong and long-term solution.
Factors that need to be considered are that you must be in good oral and general health, with sufficient jawbone density and volume to support your implant. Your implant needs to take on the same elements as your natural tooth; therefore the foundation must be suitable. We do also recommend that quitting smoking several months prior to the placement of your implant to ensure success and longevity.
Therefore it is very important to maintain a regular and thorough at home oral hygiene routine and continue with check-up and cleaning appointments with us every six months.
Dental implant restoration procedure
Almost any patient who has healthy jawbone can get a dental implant. Our dentist will firstly perform an oral examination to check for any active dental infection and find out if the bone has enough height and width to hold the implant. X-rays are taken and a treatment plan is presented. On confirmation that a surgery can be performed, our dentist explains how the process will unfold.
The implant is placed in the dental chair under local anesthesia. After the healing period (usually 8 weeks), the dentist checks to see if the implant is stable. A porcelain tooth is then fixed over the implant on confirmation that the implant has successfully integrated with the bone. Impressions of teeth are taken to fabricate a dental crown. The crown replaces the natural tooth crown. It can be cemented or screwed over the abutment. Our team informs patients on how to care for the implanted tooth after the surgery is complete. With proper oral care, dental implants are known to last for a few decades.
Do you want to replace your lost tooth with a dental implant? The surgical procedure performed at our clinic may help you get a wonderful tooth restoration and a healthy smile.
Most frequent questions and answers
Many of our patients have seen the life changing benefits of dental implants. Benefits include:
- Improved appearance
- Improved comfort
- Improved Speech
- Better nutrition by enjoying more foods
Most important of all, you will smile again with self-esteem and confidence that will radiate and be noticed by all.
A. Implants should be professionally cleaned by a hygienist and examined by your implant dentist every three to four months. The hygienist should be trained specifically in the procedure of maintaining dental implants. However, brushing and flossing daily is necessary for long-term success.
A. No. An anesthetic is used during surgery to ensure that there is no discomfort during the placement of the implants. After surgery there may be mild discomfort that can be controlled with prescribed medications.
A. Most patients return to work the next day. However, there could be a surgical circumstance that could keep clients out of work for more than one day. Your implant dentist will discuss all postoperative instructions and cautions with you before surgery.