Tooth loss: It can interfere with your diet, the way you speak and your self-confidence. But what is even worse is that it can lead to other oral health issues in the future, including the loss of more teeth. At Trembath Dental, we offer tooth replacement options, including dental implants, at our Brisbane dental practice.
Replace Missing Teeth Sooner Rather Than Later
When there is a gap in your mouth left by a missing tooth, the body will try to fill in the space by shifting the remaining teeth in your mouth. This can lead to other problems, including teeth tilting and crowding, speech difficulties, bite problems, low jawbone density and food trapping.
Missing teeth can affect your ability to form words correctly. The way your tongue moves around inside your mouth assists in speaking, and when a tooth is missing, you can develop a lisp or slur.
Missing teeth can cause healthy teeth to decay. Having holes in your gums can let harmful bacteria multiply and thrive. These bacteria cause plaque and tartar to accumulate, which can only be removed by a dentist using special tools.
Your mouth is the first step in the digestive system, and a full set of teeth is crucial for proper digestion. If food isn’t chewed well, it can cause choking, digestive problems like acid reflux and other more serious issues.
Widely considered the best tooth option available because a dental implant is most like your natural tooth, dental implants are an excellent alternative to bridges and dentures. Consisting of a biocompatible titanium rod that is surgically placed into your jawbone to take the place of the tooth root, dental implants integrate into the bone over time, becoming a part of your body. This ensures that they are strong and durable, and function very much like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are strong and durable and can last for decades in the upper and lower jaw. To ensure that they look as natural as possible, implants are usually capped with a dental crown that is colour-matched to the exact shade of your existing teeth, and that blends in with your smile perfectly. No one will know you have a dental implant by just looking at your tooth. Some patients even forget that the tooth was ever missing.
Benefits of Dental Implants Over Other Tooth Replacement Options
Dental implant treatment is a complete tooth replacement solution, compared to traditional dentures or dental bridges, which only replace the crown of the tooth. The benefit of replacing the whole tooth—that is, the root and the crown—is that it will take care of your jawbone and prevent it from atrophy.
The dental implant provides much-needed support to promote healthy jawbone density, which helps to reduce the risk of further tooth loss. It also protects the facial structure from developing a ‘sunken-in’ look that many denture wearers develop over time as the jawbone continues to shrink.
Because dental implants are permanently integrated into the jawbone, there are no food restrictions as there are with dentures, which can slide out of place. Those with dental implants can enjoy their favourite foods—from crunchy vegetables to juicy steaks.
Are you facing tooth loss and wondering about the best tooth replacement options? We welcome your call to our Mount Gravatt, QLD dental practice to find out more about dental implants.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks which also may depend on your general health. This will be discussed with you prior to any surgical intervention. Not every patient is suitable for receiving dental implants. When a patient is found not to be suitable candidate for dental implants no treatment is performed. Results of individual treatments may vary.
Before proceeding, we encourage patients to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner such as your dentist, your doctor or a registered specialist.