There is a long history of dental surgeries in Australia providing oral implants, and dental teams are often called upon by people who are unsure whether oral implants would be worth their time and effort. It can be a complicated question and depends on your medical history and what you hope to gain from having oral implants fitted, as they affect both the aesthetics of your mouth but also the functionality. But let’s try to have a look at what the advantages are and drawbacks to general oral implants.
The implant procedure
Dental implants Wagga rely on a process called osseointegration. This is a fancy term for the very close association that a new living bone will form with titanium. This is why titanium has become so ubiquitous in bone surgery and it’s also what makes oral implants so good at what they do. It does mean however that the chances of successful implants and the treatment time is going to be dependent on your rate of bone growth; for older people and people suffering from osteoporosis this can be a lot longer. There are also other factors like your diet and lifestyle. Smoking significantly reduces bone growth and is not recommended whilst your oral implants are ‘’setting’’.
Even in the best-case scenario in good health with excellent lifestyle, 4 months is considered the minimum time required for oral implants to fully integrate into the jawbone; this is a significant investment in time. Thankfully, the oral implantation process is done in two stages; the first stage involves the implant being placed into the jawbone but completely below the gumline. This is then closed over the implant and allowed to heal during those four months when the implant is integrated into the jaw. This has the advantage that the gum will protect the implant and stop it from becoming disturbed whilst new bone grows around it. It also allows you to continue with your everyday activities with minimum disruption, making this 4 month period something that very much occurs in the background and should not affect your everyday routine.
Upon completion of implantation and the loading of the prosthetic tooth, oral implants are immediately ready to use. This, paired with the excellent application techniques that are used in order to fabricate prosthetic teeth, allows an oral implant to seamlessly blend with the rest of your natural teeth. Many dental patients end up forgetting which of their teeth are implants at all as the care and maintenance of them is the same as any other tooth.
An investment in yourself
Oral implants in general do represent a significant investment of your time and money.Many surgeries that are able to offer patients oral implants are also able to offer suitable patients payment plans or financing options, to help them spread the cost into affordable, monthly repayments.
If the oral prosthetic component of an oral implant becomes damaged in any way (like cracked by trauma) they can be simply replaced by disconnecting them from the implant and swapping them with a replacement; this can significantly reduce the costs of future dental care.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.