Missing teeth and dentures can make anyone self-conscious. This can lead to not smiling, antisocial behavior, a feeling of shame and even affect your work and relationships. Fortunately, there's an easy solution to missing teeth and wearing dentures dental implants. If you are missing teeth or have badly damaged or diseased teeth, dental implants are an effective way to get your smile back. By implanting an artificial tooth, you'll get your natural function back as well, letting you enjoy the foods you love once more.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are actually anchors that mimic the roots of your teeth. They are normally cylindrical or screw-shaped and they anchor into your upper or lower jaw. Dental implants are constructed of titanium to work flawlessly with your body as they connect to the bone in your jawline and the gum tissue surrounding the implant. This provides a stability factor that dental crowns need to be reliable, permanent and pain-free.
The art of using dental implants has been going on for decades now, as patients have become more accustomed to having different options available to them. Rather than hiding your missing teeth or wearing dentures which can pop out dental implants give you back the full functionality and look of your natural smile. Dental implants allow you to chew your food as normal while also filling out sunken in parts of your cheeks that result from missing teeth. Dental implants stay in your mouth 24/7 and don't require any adhesives.
What Happens When I Get Dental Implants?
The dental implant procedure is normally done in three stages over a period of several months. Here is an overview of what to expect when getting dental implants at Sydney Dentist Clinic:
- Your dentist will surgically implant the anchor into your jaw bone. The anchor will protrude slightly above the surface of the bone, and a screw will be placed inside the anchor. This keeps surrounding debris and gum tissue from contaminating the anchor. Your gum will then be moved back into place to cover the anchor and for the next 3 to 6 months, the implant will fuse with your jaw bone (the osseointegration period). Some people experience slight swelling or tenderness in the days following the surgery (which is easily dissipated by pain killers and requires you eat only soft foods and lukewarm soup), but after that, you should experience no discomfort or pain as osseointegration takes place.
- After the implant has fused to the bone, it is exposed once more and a post is attached to the anchor. If necessary, a second procedure will be performed during which a post connects the replacement teeth, but typically you will just need some time for the gum tissue to heal around the original extension post. Alternatively, a post might already be in the anchor from the first surgery, making this procedure unnecessary, meaning you would skip straight to the third phase.
- When your implant is fused and the gum tissue is healed around the post, your dentist will fit a custom crown onto the post, giving you a tooth that blends in perfectly with your smile, bite and tooth color. The crown is then attached to the post and the procedure is complete.
Are Dental Implants Your Best Choice?
As long as you have healthy gums and are generally a healthy person, dental implants are right for you. Of course, since the process is long and involved, you have to be committed to your oral health, upkeep and making appointments.
To discuss dental implants with a Sydney dentist today, call (02) 8279 2282 or click on the button below and make an appointment with Sydney Dentist Clinic.