If you have missing teeth, you might find day-to-day life a bit of a challenge. You may find yourself avoiding certain foods because they are suddenly difficult to eat. You might also feel self-conscious about the empty space in your mouth and find yourself avoiding social occasions.
The dentists at Charlestown Dental Care provide dental implant treatment to replace missing teeth, helping many patients improve their lives in the process. Dental implants are the ideal treatment for many people who are missing one or more teeth.
The Impact of Missing Teeth
Many patients do not realise that missing teeth not only affect the ability to chew properly, but it might make speaking more of a challenge. In addition, missing teeth can lead to bite misalignment, putting your remaining teeth at risk of undue wear and fracture. It can also lead to the loss of even more teeth.
Missing teeth will also impact facial appearance as the jawbone begins to dissolve. Without a tooth root to stimulate the jawbone, it begins to shrink.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often considered the gold standard in tooth replacement because they are permanently attached to the jawbone. They look natural and function very much like your natural tooth. Dental implants are a long-lasting, durable option for replacing missing teeth, whether you are missing one tooth, many teeth—or all of them.
How Does the Dental Implant Procedure Work?
The dental implant process takes place over a period of several months. Although this might seem like an extensive procedure, your dental implant has the potential to last you for a lifetime.
The first step involves replacing the natural tooth root with one made from titanium. The majority of our patients report a quick recovery from this well-tolerated dental surgery. It takes about three or four months for the artificial tooth root to permanently integrate into the jawbone.
After the healing process, one of our dentists will check to make sure the implant has properly integrated with the bone before attaching the second part of the implant, which is called the abutment. This part of the implant is used to attach the dental restoration, or crown.
Caring for your dental implant is no different than caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and see your dentist twice each year for check-ups and cleans.
Learn More About Dental Implants
If you are looking for the best in tooth replacement options, we invite you to consider dental implants. Our dentists can provide details about the treatment so you can make the best decision for your oral health.
Give us a call to find out more about dental implants at our Charlestown, NSW dental practice, and we’ll be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss all your options.