Why is Replacing Teeth so Important?
The health issues far outweigh the aesthetic reasons
It may surprise you that the reason for replacing a missing tooth is not because a missing tooth is unsightly, creates low self-esteem or produces a lack of confidence both socially and at work, it’s the health risks of missing teeth that really matter.
Dental implants are involve the use of a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implant provides a foundation for a prosthetic tooth replacement (such as a crown, bridge or denture). Dental implants are required when a patient has lost one or more teeth and the titanium screw can take around three to six months to integrate with the jaw. This integration is what causes a permanent and strong foundation for prosthetic teeth.
If left untreated tooth loss can impact your oral health in many bad ways. Dental implants are an effective means of preventing a great number of unpleasant physical conditions associated with tooth loss, such as:
- Did you know that tooth loss can lead to the deterioration of the jaw bone? When you lose a tooth, the bones that act as the tooth-root socket begin to deteriorate—when that bone is gone the only thing that can help you is a bone graft. Deterioration of the jaw bone can also lead to further tooth loss.
- Missing teeth cause the surrounding teeth to twist in an attempt to cover the gap
- Missing teeth can also cause gum disease. Did you know that gum disease has been linked to stroke, diabetes, heart attacks and even oral cancer?
The best tooth is your natural tooth—that is why most dentists will perform root canal therapy, or suggest a crown before extracting a tooth. If, however, you have unfortunately lost a tooth or have had to have one extracted dental implants are great for your continued oral health.
Dental implant treatment can take up to six months…
The reason dental implants can take up to six months is that there needs to be time allowed for the titanium screw to integrate (fuse) with your jawbone. Once the titanium screw has fused with your jawbone small posts are attached to these implants—it is these small posts that provide the foundation for the prosthetic tooth. The treatment itself takes 2 appointments, although you will also have to appoint a consultation where your dentist will ensure that you have sufficient jawbone structure to support the dental implant.
At Dental Clinic @ World Tower we use x-rays of the jaw to ascertain whether or not there is sufficient jawbone. If there is sufficient jawbone the surgery is performed under a local anaesthetic.
During the first appointment your titanium implant will be inserted…
Firstly, a hole is drilled into the jawbone; secondly the titanium implant is surgically inserted. If the implant is in the lower jaw it can take around three to four months to heal: if the implant is the in the upper jaw it can take 4 to 6 months. A temporary cap will be placed over the dental implant to protect it during this time.
1. Attachment of dental posts and prosthetic teeth
This appointment cannot take place until the implant has fully integrated into the jawbone. Once it has the temporary cap will be taken off so that an impression can be made. Custom made posts get attached to the implants and poke through the gum.
Prosthetic teeth or dentures are attached to the posts providing you with a strong permanent foundation. If you have a prosthetic tooth it can be cleaned (brush and flossed) like a normal tooth.
For more information on dental implants, or to book an appointment at our conveniently located dental practice in Sydney, please do not hesitate to contact us.