It’s not uncommon to misplace things like your keys, your wallet or your phone. A simple hand in between the cushions of the couch, a scour of the house or ringing your friends for a nudge in the right direction will suffice. But what happens when you lose a tooth? On average, Australians over the age of 15 have approximately 12.8 missing, decayed or filled teeth. The number only increases as people get older – so it’s not out of the ordinary for a patient to explore their options for missing teeth as they age.
For multiple missing teeth, or general wear and tear on the enamel, you can opt for crowns and bridges. Otherwise, in some cases (and dependant on age), patients may opt for dentures. However, in most cases, patients will opt for dental implants. This is because they’re highly trusted in the dentistry community, and have been used in dentistry for over 50 years.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium “roots” which are placed in the jaw bone where a tooth would usually be. It acts as a replica of the original tooth root and, once integrated into the jaw bone, can support crowns, bridges or secure complete dentures.
Dental implants fuse to your jawbone, which means they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Over time, the bone grows over the implant, which helps to further assist stabilisation. For this to take place, it’s important for gums and bones to be healthy – so committing to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a variety of benefits to a patient long term. That’s why many patients choose them in comparison to other alternatives. Here are some reasons why dental implants may benefit you.
Improved appearance: No one likes to feel like their appearance is being hindered by their teeth, and missing teeth may do just that. Dental implants allow for the opportunity to place porcelain crowns and bridges over the missing teeth. It improves your smile and your self-confidence all-in-one.
Improved speech: Because some dentures have a tendency to move around and feel uncomfortable, speech can become impaired and may cause you to mumble or slur words. Having dental implants means teeth are secured in your mouth, and you can chat, sing and laugh until your heart’s content, without a worry in the world.
It’s easier to eat: For denture wearers, sliding dentures may make chewing and eating difficult. It can also cause soreness of the mouth due to some tricky maneuvering. Dental implants act like your own teeth, so chewing, eating and crunching is as easy as pie.
Improved longevity and durability: With good oral care and maintenance, dental implants can be very durable and may last many years compared to removable dentures, crowns or bridges. They may also help in assisting improved oral health in the long run due to easier access between each tooth. So don’t forget to brush and floss daily!
But is it painful?
As with any surgery, there can be a level of discomfort. For some patients, the discomfort is manageable, but for others, we offer local anesthesia or IV for oral sedation. At Gosford Family Dentist, we strive to make your surgery as comfortable as possible, so our friendly and professional staff are trained to keep you relaxed and calm at all times.
If you’re feeling a little nervous, we have comfortable chairs with overhead televisions and noise-cancelling headphones you can use throughout the surgery. Sit back and relax as you catch up on the latest episode of your favourite Netflix show, without feeling like you’re in a typical dentist clinic.
For our very nervous patients, we do offer sleep dentistry for those struggling with nerves and fear. Ask us about the option to suit you the best.
Dental implants for the future at Gosford Family Dentist
At Gosford Family Dentist, we use state-of-the-art technology and the latest radiographic planning methods to ensure the best results. We take the time to understand your dental needs by undertaking a thorough cosmetic and structural analysis of your teeth and facial features before treatment. This allows us to deliver a fully aesthetic and functional outcome for the best results.
If you’re ready for dental implants, or you’d just like to discuss your options, contact us.
Take it from our patients…
“After the implants and treatments commenced, I found my quality of life a lot better. I found I could eat normally compared to dentures. This is because they were harder to chew and gave me a sore jaw. I am pleased with the way they look and feel on me, and I love how natural they look. My teeth used to feel sensitive, and now I feel less pain – so overall, I’m very happy that I chose to get implants.”