Millions of Australians suffer tooth loss, despite significant improvements in dental care. Tooth loss is often occurs due to tooth decay, trauma/injury or periodontal disease. Dentures and bridges have been the only treatment options available for tooth replacement for many years until recent developments in dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a surgical screw which replaces tooth roots. The implant provides a strong foundation for the attachment of a denture, bridge or a crown, blending into the natural appearance of your teeth and smile.
Why should you choose a dental implant?
Dental implants have many advantages, these include:
The appearance of dental implants is the same as your own teeth. The implant looks and feel like your own teeth. Dental implants are designed to fuse with your bone and become a permanent fixture, just like your existing natural teeth.
If the dentures are ill-fitting then the teeth can slip within the mouth and can cause you to slur your words or mumble. A dental implant allows you to speak without worrying about the fact that the tooth or teeth might slip out.
Implants eliminate the discomfort that is associated with removable dentures since the implant becomes a part of your oral cavity.
It becomes difficult to chew food if the denture is constantly sliding. The function of dental implants is similar to your own teeth, it allows you to eat your favorite foods without any discomfort and with confidence.
A tooth supported bridge requires other teeth to be cut and crowned, however, with dental implants neighboring teeth do not need to be altered in order to support the implant. It improves long term oral health since more of your teeth are left intact. it also improves oral hygiene since individual implants allow easier access to clean in between your teeth.
Implants will last you many years because of their durability. Many implants last a life time if regularly reviewed and maintained with a dental professional.
With improved oral function (eating, drinking and speech), improved appearance and improved speech comes confidence and improved self esteem!
Removable dentures can become embarrassing or make you feel self-conscious because of the removable aspect associated with them. Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of having to remove the denture. It also eliminates the need of messy adhesives that are needed to keep a denture in place.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
The success of dental implant varies with each case and depends on several different variables such as, location of the dental implant, age of patient, maintenance, medical and lifestyle factors of patient.
In general, the success rate of dental implants is around 95% percent. The implant can last a lifetime if they are taken care of properly. Treat your dental implant just like you take care of normal teeth. Brush, floss and use a mouthwash to rinse. Moreover, visit your dentist regularly. The dentist will check and make sure that everything is okay. Your dentist will be able to assess, review, maintain and correct if there are any issues you experience or may come as part of routine checks.
If you have any missing teeth, visit Dentists & Doctors today to book a complimentary consultation and see if Dental implants are right for you.