Tooth decay and gum disease are unfortunately common in Australia. They are the major causes of irreversible damage to the teeth and if they are left untreated result in the need for a tooth extraction or can cause tooth loss. Tooth loss can be a highly distressing situation to find yourself in and missing teeth can have a negative impact on all aspects of your life. Missing teeth can be detrimental to the health of your surrounding healthy teeth and gums. It can weaken adjacent teeth and result in further tooth loss. Missing teeth can affect your self-confidence, it can affect the appearance of your smile and it can change the appearance of your face. This can affect the social aspect of your life and it can affect your confidence in your professional life too. Missing teeth can affect the function of your mouth also and prevent you from enjoying your favourite foods because of the effect it can have on chewing and biting. If you have been affected by tooth loss whether as a result of avoiding the dentist, poor oral hygiene or you have been in an accident where you have suffered from trauma to your mouth then you can speak to your dentist and find out about replacing your missing teeth.
Tooth Replacement Solutions
Dental implants Melbourne are one of the most popular choices for replacing missing teeth. Over the last few decades dental implants have become the gold standard in tooth replacement therapy. This is because they are a permanent solution to replacing your missing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium screws which have been designed to replace the root of your missing tooth or teeth. They are embedded into your jaw bone by a natural process known as osseointegration which occurs when titanium comes into contact with osteoblasts or bone forming cells in your jaw. It causes the osteoblasts to form around the implant so that it becomes embedded firmly into the jaw, resulting in a permanent fixture in your mouth. This process of osseointegration takes approximately 3 to 4 months as it is a natural healing process of the body that can vary from patient to patient.
During this time your dentist will make sure that the process is coming along successfully and once it is complete you can replace your missing tooth with a crown, a bridge or a set of dentures according to your dental requirements and your personal preferences. You can have a single dental implant to replace a single missing tooth or you can have multiple dental implants which are strategically placed to replace all your missing teeth. Much research and development has been carried out in the field of dental implants and now dental implant surgery has a success rate of approximately 97% and if you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, visit your dentist on a regular basis and avoid lifestyle choices which are detrimental to your health such as smoking, then you can enjoy your dental implants for the rest of your life. Speak to your dentist today and find out more about dental implants.
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