If you are missing a tooth or teeth due to decay or trauma, you may be evaluating your tooth replacement options. You may even be considering dental implants as a solution to regain your smile. Dental implants have significantly improved oral health, smile, and self-esteem of patients around the globe. To determine if a dental implant is the right option for your smile, here are some interesting facts about the dental implant procedure you should know.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a restorative procedure to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. They can help you regain a fully functioning smile. The implant consists of a titanium post, an abutment and a crown that look and feel just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are an ancient tooth replacement solution
Although modern dental implants may use the latest state-of-the-art technology, replacing teeth with an artificial alternative has been a common practice in a variety of cultures throughout history. In 600 BC, Mayan cultures would hammer pieces of seashell into the jaw, while in 2000 BC, Chinese doctors crafted artificial teeth from bamboo.
Dental implants are made from the same material as spaceships
Believe it or not, dental implants and spacecraft have one thing in common: They are both made from titanium. Titanium is a highly durable metal that is resistant to corrosion, and it is biocompatible, so your body is less likely to reject the implant.
Dental implants are also available in ceramic
If you have a metal allergy or are concerned the titanium alloy may show through your gums at the front of your mouth, ask your dentist about a ceramic alternative.
Your jawbone will get stronger
For patients who lack sufficient jawbone density, your dentist may recommend additional surgeries such as a bone graft or sinus lift to improve the depth and strength of your jaw. These procedures add to the dental implant cost.
There is no age limit on dental implant treatment
While missing teeth are typically associated with adults over 65, tooth loss is a common issue that affects a wide range of age groups. Dental implants can replace any permanent tooth, so whether you are young or old, if you are missing a tooth, a dental implant may be the right dental restoration procedure for you.
To be a candidate for dental implants, your remaining teeth and gums must be in good condition, and you must have adequate jawbone density to support the dental implant.
Minors under 18 are typically not recommended for implant surgery because their jaws are still developing.
Dental implants won’t decay
The crown and abutment of a dental implant are made from artificial materials, including porcelain and zirconia, which are not susceptible to decay. However, just like your natural teeth, they can become chipped or cracked without proper care. You should still maintain a thorough oral hygiene regimen, including regular dental cleanings and exams, to protect your oral health.
Implants minimize damage to other teeth
Some tooth replacement options, such as a dental bridge, require shaping of your natural teeth to support the crowns that hold the artificial tooth in place, while other devices can cause accelerated wear and tear. A dental implant is surgically embedded into your jaw and does not use your natural teeth for support.
Dental implants can make you appear younger
Leaving missing teeth untreated affects the appearance of your smile, but it can also cause the muscles in your face to weaken, and in some cases, jawbone loss causes the skin to sag inwards, giving you the look of a much older person. Restoring your smile with a dental implant eliminates tooth movement and jawbone loss to rejuvenate your facial features.
Dental implants are permanent
Other restorative dental options such as dentures or bridges need to be replaced every few years as the shape of your jaw changes over time. As a dental implant is embedded directly into your jaw for stability, it strengthens the bone tissue and prevents your remaining teeth from shifting.
The materials used in dental implants are also highly durable and designed to last a lifetime.
No messy adhesives or dental cleaning tools required
You simply brush and floss your teeth as normal.
Dental implants are an effective solution for missing teeth
Dental implants offer a permanent way to restore the function and appearance of missing teeth. The team at Dental Spot is trained and experienced in a wide variety of state-of-the-art technologies to embed dental implants and are highly skilled in gentle dentistry to make your dental implant procedure as comfortable as possible.
To schedule a consultation for dental implants, call Dental Spot on (02) 9158 6115. We look forward to restoring your smile and confidence!