Dental Implants for A Complete Smile Again
It’s never nice to lose a tooth. It can greatly impact an individual’s self-esteem as well as their eating and speech ability. Losing a tooth can occur for a great number of reasons and sometimes it is out of a patient’s control. It is important to look forward to the future in these situations and not to dwell on the past.
Rest assured that dental professionals are non-judgemental and supportive to all of their patients. Despite the fact that often tooth loss can be due to a patient’s neglect, their aim is to ensure that they can bring about the best possible results for their patients so that they can achieve a fully functional and healthy mouth again.
By understanding that dental implants are a long term solution, involving a minor surgical procedure and that this alone comes with certain risks, patients are able to make an informed decision regarding the advantages and potential reasons for hesitation regarding this procedure.
It is generally thought of as the most appropriate option for many patients, however there are some situations that may need to be thought over with the pros and cons weighed up. A dentist in Mackay will honestly and candidly discuss a patient’s personal situation with them so that they can decide what would be the best course of action to take.
How does the treatment usually work?
At the initial consultation, the dentist will be able to determine whether a patient is able to immediately receive their tooth implant or if they need some kind of preparatory treatment to be done.
Those patients who have lost significant bone density in their jaw or who have underlying gum disease or tooth decay will need to have these concerns under control before continuing on with the treatment plan.
The minor surgical procedure of inserting the implant can be done under strict conditions in the dental practice. It involves placing a titanium rod in a predetermined precise location that is poinpointed through the use of digital scanners.
This titanium rod acts as a replacement tooth root and bonds with bone over the course of the next several months. A crown is attached to this rod which resembles a natural tooth almost perfectly in shape, size and colour. Most people will not be able to tell the difference between their natural teeth and their replacement one.
A very successful treatment option, there is no upper age limit and the implant system can be used for a great number of different issues that an individual may present with. A bridge can be attached to a single implant should a patient have several missing teeth adjoining one another.
Dentures can also be stabilised with the use of 4 implants strategically placed around the mouth with attachments for the dentures to clip onto. This allows those patients who have found their dentures have become ill fitting and uncomfortable over time, a new lease of life.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.