Dental implants can often be the best treatment for missing teeth. When a tooth is removed, both the visible part of the tooth and the root are lost. Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in the jaw which fuses with the bone and becomes a strong foundation for a replacement ceramic tooth.
Dental implants are suitable for all ages and situations where a tooth or multiple teeth are missing due to injury, disease or decay. Here’s all you need to know about getting dental implants.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the closest alternative to healthy, natural teeth, allowing you to eat, smile, laugh and talk with confidence. Unlike dentures, they are comfortable and easy to maintain. They have a reliable track record and you care for them almost as you would your normal teeth.
Dental implants can last longer than bridges or dentures and reduce the bone loss that often occurs when missing a tooth. Dental implants look great and don’t cause any damage to surrounding teeth.
What Is the Procedure?
The procedure for getting dental implants will vary depending on the number of teeth being replaced. For a single tooth replacement, the procedure will generally begin with a tooth extraction. Approximately three months later, an implant post is placed in your jaw and allowed three months to fuse, then a ceramic tooth is attached.
The healing process is usually very quick and any discomfort felt during this time is easily managed using painkillers. There will be no need for long breaks from your work or lifestyle.
Dental implants have been used for over 30 years and are proven to be one of the safest, most effective and predictable dental procedures.
How Do You Care For Dental Implants?
You care for your new dental implants just like caring for natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss regularly and have regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Dental implants that are well maintained should last a lifetime. Remember that while replacement teeth are immune to cavities, they still experience wear and tear so will require occasional maintenance such as tightening screws or replacement of the porcelain crown.
For more information about dental implants in North Sydney and to find out if they’re right for you, consult our family dentist in North Sydney Dr Edwina Toulmin at McMahons Point Health. Edwina combines her high level of experience and knowledge with a friendly and gentle approach, making her one of the best providers of dental implants in North Sydney. Book an appointment today.