Despite being around for more than 50 years, the implant dentistry industry is growing rapidly and has had significant advancements over the last five years.
Dental implants have become a favourable and successful treatment option for patients who have one or more missing front teeth, and may have been caused by injury, gum disease, or tooth decay. Missing teeth cause people to suffer from confidence issues, and also have trouble chewing their food.
Additionally, missing teeth can change the shape of your face, cause other teeth to shift, and change your bite. This can lead to other dental issues such as tooth sensitivity and grinding. Treatment should be completed as soon as possible if your dentist recommends that you need a dental implant. This will help maintain the position and alignment of your adjacent teeth and to reduce your risk of other dental problems.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial fixture that mimics the form of a real tooth and often looks more realistic than dentures. The natural root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium screw-like post, which is inserted into the jaw bone. This post then supports a tooth-shaped dental crown or dental bridge, or can be used to secure dentures.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures?
Since dental implants are fixed to your mouth and look, feel and act like natural teeth, there are many benefits for this modern treatment beyond just improved appearance. These include:
- Improved speech. Poor-fitting dentures can move in your mouth and cause your speech to be slurred or mumbled. But dental implants are secured in position so that you can speak naturally.
- Improved comfort and function. Dental implants are comfortable and secured in position, which means that you can bite and chew more easily.
- Improved oral hygiene. Dental implants don’t decay like natural teeth, which means they won’t form cavities or need filling.
- Increased longevity. With good dental care, implants can last many years, often longer than bridges or dentures.
Will dental implants work for me?
Always consult your dentist for a recommendation before making any decisions about dental implants. The suitability of dental implants depends on several factors including:
- Age. Dental implants require a fully-formed jaw so are generally not suitable for children under the age of 17.
- Teeth grinding or clenching.
- Smoking. If you are a smoker, you are more susceptible to bacterial infections following dental procedures. Before treatment, you should quit smoking.
Find a dentist that provides dental implants
Gosford Family Dentists provide expert implant dentistry is our comfortable and modern Central Coast dental practice. We also offer local anaesthesia and twilight sedation to manage any discomfort you may experience. For an initial consultation, please contact us.