There are multiple treatment options that are available to replace a missing tooth. Traditional dentures are very common for replacing missing teeth. They can be placed in your mouth and taken out if necessary allowing you to restore most of the function of your mouth as well as the appearance of your smile. They sit on the top of your gum and unfortunately this means that they may slip out of place as you talk or eat, often causing embarrassing moments or discomfort. Over the last few decades with advances in dental technology traditional dentures are being replaced with dental implant retained dentures.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implant retained dentures uses dental implant Melbourne to hold the dentures securely in place. A dental implant Melbourne is a small but strong titanium screw which is placed into your mouth to replace the root of your missing tooth. A dental implant Melbourne is the only form of tooth replacement that can provide such strength and stability. This means that they are an excellent replacement to traditional dentures. Traditional dentures last approximately five years whilst dental implant retained dentures can last at least 15 years with good dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.
Dental implants become a natural part of your dentition because they are composed of titanium, a biocompatible metal. This means that they initiate a process known as osseointegration. For successful osseointegration firstly your dentist will need to make sure that you have sufficient healthy gum and jawbone to hold the implant in place. Unfortunately bone loss is common following tooth loss. Even by wearing dentures you cannot prevent bone loss. Dental implants however strengthen your jaw and reverse the effects of bone loss.
Gum disease or bone loss?
If you are suffering from gum disease then this will need to be addressed prior to dental implant surgery and your dentist will put together a treatment plan for you. This could include a course of antibiotics as well as a scale and polish with planing if necessary and once the issue has been resolved you will be ready for the surgery. If your dentist believes that you require bone grafting then this will be carried out for you to help strengthen your jaw and ensure there is sufficient space for the implant to be held in place. Once the implant is placed into the jaw the healing process and osseointegration can begin. Bone cells form around the implant to lock the implant into the jaw.
Titanium dental implants
Titanium is an excellent choice for dental implants because as mentioned it is biocompatible but also it is non-corrosive and non-allergenic. The implant is composed of an oxide layer and has the ability to repair itself by reoxidation if damaged. The process takes approximately 4 to 6 months for the implant to be fixed in place. During this time it is important that you continue to brush and floss regularly to avoid decay and infection although the direct implant site should be avoided for the first few days then you continue as normal. It is also important to visit the dentist on a regular basis to make sure the process is coming along successfully. Speak to your dentist and find out more about dental implants today.
All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.