From the single tooth implants that replace individual missing teeth to full set fixed teeth replacement, dental implants (or tooth implants) are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth, thus helping to restore your smile and function, and may offer a renewed sense of confidence for many.
Your smile is the first thing people notice and a toothless smile can make you feel self-conscious and affect your self-esteem. But it’s not just the aesthetics that cause many to lack confidence. Those who wear dentures understand the problems and limitations with dentures in terms of function and the real possibility of a denture coming loose or falling out.
It’s unfortunate but it is not always possible to save a natural tooth. Many factors can contribute to tooth loss such as periodontal disease (gum disease), injury or accident, tooth decay, excessive wear, certain medications or poor oral hygiene.
Dentures were commonly used in the past to replace missing teeth. But whilst they might be cheap, their negative effect on a person’s quality of life and everyday function is quite often a far more significant factor.
Dental implants are a far more reliable solution for teeth replacement because they are permanent, fixed and hence feel natural.
What are dental implants?
A tooth implant is a sophisticated titanium fixture that is placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a lost natural tooth. When more than one tooth is missing, a number of implants may serve as anchors for the replacement of a segment or full set of teeth with an implant-supported bridge. The titanium fixtures bond with the bone to form a secure and permanent foundation for tooth replacement with a crown or bridge that attaches to them securely.
The benefits of dental implants
There’s no doubt that tooth implants are the most technologically advanced and highly successful teeth replacement solution with proven benefits. Whilst results and experiences with any treatment could vary from patient to patient, depending on the nature of your individual treatment, dental implants are aimed to:
- Improve the look of your smile
Whether receiving single tooth implants or full arch teeth replacement, dental implants may address the embarrassment and self-consciousness often caused by gappy smiles or deteriorated teeth.
- Enjoy eating what you want
Tooth implants are aimed to restore proper chewing function so you can enjoy eating foods that may have previously been too difficult or painful to eat with dentures.
- Boost your confidence
With new fixed and permanent teeth, you might regain your self-esteem and confidence that may have been lacking with loose dentures or poor dental health.
- Improve comfort and speech
Implant-supported prostheses are tailor made, fixed and are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth. This may help in improving your speech and eliminating the artificial and loose sensation of dentures and partial dentures.
- Maintain healthy adjacent teeth
In partial dentures or bridgework neighboring teeth are typically altered in order to support the denture or bridge. Tooth implants on the other hand, bond to your jawbone providing a stand-alone support without relying on or sacrificing the quality of adjacent teeth.
- Preserve jawbone
By eliminating denture pressure on the gums, successfully integrated implants stimulate the jawbone through function and may often halt disuse atrophy (the progressive shrinkage of the jawbone), which occurs naturally following tooth loss.
- Long term results
Properly placed dental implants have a proven track record and are made to last for years. Normal dental care and maintenance is required to ensure the implant-supported teeth remain plaque free and healthy.
The Centre for Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry, Melbourne
Leading the way with Tooth Implants and Fixed Teeth Replacement treatments in Melbourne, Australia.
The Centre for Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry is a purpose built dental implants clinic that has become nationally and internationally recognized as a leading institution for dental implants, dento-alveolar surgery and immediate teeth replacement. We focus on providing high standards of care by addressing individual patient needs with an emphasis on cost-effective, accessible, predictable and less traumatic teeth implant procedures, to ensure that our patients can smile and function with confidence.