Before dental implants, we were limited in how we were able to replace missing teeth. Options included fixed bridges, which often required the reduction of adjacent teeth to replace a missing tooth, or removable dentures. Implant dentistry allows us to replace individual teeth, without altering adjacent natural teeth. Dental implants can help retain jawbone and anchor dentures, bridges and crowns firmly in place!
A dental implant is a small "anchor." It is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. A prosthetic replacement tooth is then secured to the top of the implant. Dental implants offer a more permanent solution for replacing lost teeth.
If you are missing teeth, then dental implants offer the most stable, long term option.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is like an artificial tooth root that takes over the function of a real root. When a natural root is lost, it can be replaced with a dental implant. The implants are usually made of titanium. They are very durable and are well accepted by the human body. Dental implants are analternative to traditional, removable bridges and dentures. After dental implants are placed and the jawbone has healed, permanent teeth can be built on top of them. For example, a crown or bridge.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
More healthy and aesthetically pleasing: When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink. This unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede. Implant dentistry can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face retains its natural shape.
More Comfortable: Because dental implants are securely anchored, there is no slipping or movement as there is with dentures. This eliminates some of the key worries of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation, and pain from exposed nerves.
Our dentists here at Deakin Court Canberra are experienced in fitting dental implants. Contact Preventive Dental Care for further implant information or to arrange a consultation.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.