It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible, not only to restore the appearance of your smile, but to prevent further complications such as weakening of your remaining teeth and bone decay in the area of your missing tooth. Speak to your dentist and find out about the different treatment options that are available for replacing your missing teeth. One of the most popular tooth replacement procedures is to have dental implants Bondi Junction.
Dental implants are a long-lasting solution for replacing your missing tooth or teeth. If you would like to undergo oral implants, then you need to book an appointment with your dentist without too much delay if you have recently lost a tooth or teeth. However, teeth can also be replaced after some time, it does mean in a number of cases that bone density may have diminished in the jaw and this can engender a more complex procedure. Your dentist will need to decide whether dental implants are suitable for you. They will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to develop an individually tailored treatment plan for you. They will take into consideration any health conditions which may mean that dental implants are inadvisable, and they will also use a range of diagnostic tools such as X-rays and intraoral scans to make sure that dental implants will be successful and help to replace your missing teeth for the majority, if not all, of your lifespan.
A two-part procedure to replace your missing teeth
There are two separate parts to dental implant surgery. The initial part of the surgery is to place the dental implant into the bone socket of your missing tooth. To do this you will need a local anaesthetic and further sedation can be discussed if necessary. A small incision will be made in the gum tissue to expose the bone socket of your missing tooth. A hole will be drilled into the bone socket which will hold the implant precisely in place, and the gum will be stitched back into place. Dental implants are made of titanium which are biocompatible and will initiate a process known as osseointegration which means the implant will be embedded into the jawbone. This is a process which takes between 3 and 6 months to complete. In this time, new bone cells grow around the implant, ensuring that it cannot move and that it is strong enough to support a crown or other prosthetic of your choice. During this time, it is recommended that you visit your dentist at regular intervals to make sure that the process is coming along successfully.
Once your dentist is happy that your dental implant is successfully integrated into the jaw, the implant will be exposed so that an abutment can be fitted onto the implant to connect it securely to your chosen prosthetic. You can have a single crown, a bridge or a set of dentures to replace your missing tooth or teeth. You can have one dental implant, or you may have multiple dental implants to meet your requirements. It is possible to replace all your teeth on 4 implants. Speak to your dentist today and find out more about dental implants and how they can replace your missing teeth, restore the appearance of your smile and the function of your mouth and help you smile happily for the rest of your life.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.