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Will dental implants help me smile again?

If you’re embarrassed about missing teeth and keeping your smile hidden, know you’re not alone. Sometimes this embarrassment leads you to not seeing your dentist and can result in further damage to your existing teeth. Some patients even find they’re limited in what they can eat and drink when they have missing or decaying teeth. If you’ve been missing your smile, having trouble eating or suffering pain due to missing teeth, now might be the time to consider Gosford Dental Implants. 

In this blog, we’ll share everything you need to know about dental implants, including a Gosford Dental Implant’s patient story, where dental implants made them smile once again. 

What are dental implants? 

A dental implant is an artificial fixture that mimics the form of a real tooth. The natural root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium screw-like post inserted into the jaw bone which supports the fixture of an abutment and tooth-shaped dental crown.

Why would you need dental implants?

There are many reasons why you might be considering dental implants including:

  • An infection has caused the need for tooth extraction
  • You have missing or severely broken teeth
  • Your removable dentures or partial dentures often slip out of place
  • You’re tired of using adhesives, removing your dentures overnight and maintaining good denture care.

Regardless of the need for dental implants, replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is always the best course of action to maintain good oral health, gain an aesthetically pleasing smile, and reduce the risk of further dental problems. 

What are the benefits of dental implants? 

Dentures and bridges can be a common solution for missing teeth; however, due to the technology behind dental implants, there are a lot of reasons why more patients are choosing implants over other treatments. The benefits of dental implants include: 

  • They look, act and feel like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat and speak as normal 
  • Unlike dentures, implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth without the need for removal or adhesive and are virtually indistinguishable
  • Dental implants don’t decay like natural teeth which means they won’t form cavities or need fillings
  • If a number of your teeth need replacing, implants maintain the integrity of your face shape, eliminating the risk of a sunken jaw or compressed chin 
  • Dental implants are also easy to care for. Much like our natural teeth, if you brush twice a day and floss regularly, you’ll have your dental implants for life.

Are dental implants right for you?

A consultation with your dentist is important to determine if dental implants are a suitable treatment for you. Whilst technology has come a long way, there are factors you should consider before booking an appointment. 

  • If you smoke, you might want to consider quitting, or at least breaking the habit, to allow the implant to fuse to your jawbone. Smokers are also susceptible to bacterial infections due to the effects of nicotine which can impact the success of dental implants. 
  • Bruxism is also a factor considered by dentists before treatment. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, this can cause damage to an artificial crown that sits atop the implant. Luckily, bruxism is easy to manage by wearing a night guard to inhibit pressure and contact between teeth.
  • To be considered for dental implants you must also have a fully formed jaw. This means that children under the age of 17 aren’t suitable patients since the implant could affect the future growth of jawbones. 

Patient story – Before & after

A new patient was experiencing a number of symptoms that indicated it was time for him to visit an experienced dentist, yet he was too embarrassed. Due to missing and loose teeth, he found biting and chewing painful, limiting his diet. The remainder of his teeth were constantly sensitive. Due to the condition of his teeth, he kept his mouth closed when smiling and grew a beard to hide his appearance

Whilst he had been told that his teeth were in a bad condition from previous dentists, it was clear to Dr Jang that his patient needed extensive dental treatment. There was considerable decay with teeth and gum infections, plus extreme damage to his teeth. Dr Jang recommended that the patient undergo a replacement of his teeth with all-on-4 implant-supported dentures.

With such extensive dental surgery, Dr Jang recommended twilight sedation for the patient, with a sedative administered through an IV. Whilst remaining conscious, twilight sedation placed the patient into a dream-like state, eliminating his fear and discomfort throughout the procedure. 

Now, the patient has a reason to smile. He has healthy natural-looking teeth, free of pain and embarrassment. He now feels confident to smile and can bite and chew without feeling pain. To this day, he continues to visit Gosford Family Dentist for routine dental check ups without hesitation or fear.

Ready to start your new life with Gosford Dental Implants? 

At Gosford Family Dentist And Gosford Dental Implants, our professional dentists are ready to help you on your smile transformation journey today. Contact our friendly team on 4325 3221 or enquire online to find out more about your new smile, with all-on-4 dental implants.

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