Why do you need to replace missing teeth sooner rather than later?
When a gap is created by a missing tooth the body tries to fill the gap itself by shifting teeth. Over millions of years, every part of the human body has been designed to function together at optimal effectiveness. Your missing teeth can affect not only cause problems like teeth tilting and crowding, speech difficulties, bite problems, low jaw bone density, food trapping, it can also be detrimental to your holistic health. Missing teeth can hinder your health in many ways which can include:
- Missing teeth can cause healthy teeth to decay. Having holes in your gums can let harmful bacteria multiply and thrive. This bacteria causes plaque and tartar to accumulate and can only be removed by a dentist.
- By not replacing missing teeth, your healthy teeth can shift and move. This can cause your teeth to crowd and become crooked.
- Missing teeth can affect the way you form words correctly. The way your tongue moves around inside your mouth assists in speaking. Often a slur or a lisp can occur if missing teeth are left untreated.
- If you have missing teeth, often your jaw can move from its normal position. This can mean your jaw may move to one side, or even change your bite. If missing teeth are left untreated for quite a while, the jaw may also start to shrink.
- 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.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants—a great alternative to bridges and dentures—are a titanium rod that is surgically inserted into your jawbone and act as the tooth’s root. This ensures that they are strong and durable, and function like your natural teeth. Dental Implants are compatible with the human body 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 to your smile perfectly. Some patients even forget that the tooth was ever missing!
What makes dental implants different?
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.
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Generally speaking, each patient will have different circumstances so it’s difficult to give a definite answer. A number of factors will be assessed, including your age, the material of the dental crown, the extent of the damage, and if your jawbone can support an implant. .
Dental implants are an investment in not only your appearance, but also your overall, long-term health. Dental implants will not decay, fall out or cause toothaches. They are the most reliable dental prosthetic available.
After your initial consultation and assessment with Dr Paul Trembath and his team, you will be provided with the best, most tailored treatment solution.
Anyone who is suffering from missing teeth due to disease, injury or decay may be a suitable candidate. The ideal candidate for this procedure is in good oral and overall health and enough bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. The best candidates have healthy gum tissue and are free of periodontal disease. Patients can range in age from their late teens, to adults in their eighties
If you suffer from missing teeth, dental implants are the most reliable, long lasting, natural- looking option available. Patients who have trouble with the stability of their dentures may also wish to have dental implants installed to secure their denture appliance in place. Patients that are looking to have a dental implant put in place must have sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implant. We recommend sitting down with your dentist to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you.
If your dental implants are looked after properly and your body doesn’t reject the implant, they can last a lifetime. Dental implant failure is extremely low because of the biocompatible materials used. The leading cause of implant failure is perioimplantitis, which is gum disease that affects dental implants and is uncommon, yet treatable.
Initially, patients may feel dental implants are costly compared to other, less invasive, dental treatments.
Dental implants have been proven to be more durable than dental bridges. They can provide patients protection for a lifetime. The lifespan of a dental bridge however, is around 10 years.
Dental implants are made from a hard metal called titanium that fuses with your jawbone naturally, through a process called osseointegration. This ensures the implant is secure and strong and also makes them resistant to decay.
Dental bridges however, consist of two crowns that are attached to your natural teeth either side of the gap. They are used to create a bridge that holds an artificial tooth, but the artificial tooth is not actually fixed to the jaw, making it less secure than a dental implant.
Whatever treatment you choose its crucial to consult with a trained and qualified dentist. They have the knowledge and tools to guide you through your decision. Although dental implants are a newer treatment for missing teeth, they are more preferable both in expense and time.
Dr Paul Trembath offers payment plans to all his patients so the worry of cost shouldn’t outweigh your need for treatment. We also offer HICAPS, meaning on the spot, private health cover rebates.
Dr Paul Trembath can treat teeth deteriorated by decay, inherited conditions, trauma or simply by your everyday lifestyle.