If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be wondering what your options are when it comes to restoring your smile. One of the most effective and popular solutions for tooth loss is dental implant surgery. Dental implants act as replacements for tooth roots and are both stable and durable. A benefit of dental implants is that they function just like natural teeth, so once your treatment is complete, you will be able to bite, chew and speak as normal.
Read on to find out more about dental implants, what the treatment process involves and why they are worth considering…
Dental implants are often recommended in the case of tooth loss or following an extraction. Made from biocompatible titanium, dental implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. Once the healing process is complete, and the implant has fused with the jawbone, the implant will function just like the root of a tooth. It will feel stable and won’t slip out of place.
Dental implant surgery is often a good option for patients who are missing one or more teeth and have enough jawbone to support an implant. Ideal candidates for treatment have good oral and general health and don’t suffer from any underlying conditions that could affect the healing process.
There are a number of benefits to choosing dental implants. Not only do they feel natural, but they also help to improve the aesthetics of one’s smile and achieve a natural-looking appearance. They are also very comfortable, and should not cause any discomfort after you have recovered from surgery.
Dental implants require no special care. It is important, however, that you practice proper oral hygiene habits on a daily basis — this includes brushing and flossing and eating a healthy and balanced diet. It is also advisable that you see your dentist for regular check-ups in order to maintain your oral health in the long term.
Another benefit of dental implants is that they help to prevent bone loss and maintain the shape and density of the jawbone. This ensures that your face will retain its structure over time.
Because dental implants function just like natural teeth, there are no dietary restrictions associated with the treatment. That said, it is a good idea to limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks as these can contribute to the build-up of plaque, as well as issues like tooth decay.
At Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic, we offer a number of restorative dentistry services, including dental implants. If you have one or more missing teeth and you would like to restore the appearance and function of your smile, we encourage you to come in and see us for a consultation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and jaw before letting you know if the treatment is right for you.
If you are not a suitable candidate for dental implant surgery, your dentist will advise you on an alternative treatment. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which tooth loss can be resolved — other options include dentures, dental crowns, and bridges. Each treatment has its own benefits, and the one that suits you best will depend on your oral health, as well as your particular needs and concerns.
If you would like to find out more about dental implants and their benefits, please consult our website here.
As well as dental implants, we also offer a number of other treatments that can help to restore oral form and function. These include dental crowns and bridges; root canal treatment; and dentures. If you would like to explore our range of restorative dentistry services and find out what each treatment involves, please have a look here.
To make an appointment, please get in touch here or give us a call on (03) 5975 5944.