If you have missing teeth, you might find eating and speaking a bit of a challenge. You may find yourself avoiding certain foods because chewing is difficult. You might also feel self-conscious about the empty space in your mouth, so you find yourself avoiding social occasions.
Dental implants are an ideal treatment for many people who are missing one or more teeth.
At Katoomba Dental Centre, we have several dentists who can offer dental implant treatment. We offer several different implant technologies, which allows us to help treat patients with previous implants from elsewhere.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible titanium that are inserted into the jawbone to take the place a natural root that is missing. A dental crown is attached on top of the implant, giving the restoration the look and function very close to natural teeth. Dental implant techniques can replace one or several missing teeth. In some patients, an entire set of artificial teeth can be secured on dental implants.
Losing one or more teeth not only creates a gap in your smile that can be embarrassing, but it also affects your ability to chew properly. Many times, people with missing teeth no longer get the proper nutrition because they avoid many of their favourite health foods.
In addition, tooth loss can also lead to bone loss in the jaw. This can ultimately affect a person’s appearance as the bone loss can change the face, giving it a sunken in look.
Like natural teeth, dental implants are cleaned by dental floss, brushing with regular toothpaste and routine check-up and cleans with your dentist.
Implant supported Over-Dentures
Many people don’t wear dentures, or eventually, stop wearing them because they are uncomfortable and don’t stay in place. Called implant supported Over-Dentures, a few dental implants are inserted into the jaw in a minimally invasive procedure. This resolves the shifting issues with dentures. Because there is less irritation of the gum tissue, implant supported dentures are also more comfortable.
Implants and implant supported dentures restore proper chewing ability, allowing for a better diet and improved health. Speech and confidence are also improved.
Our Zest Lodi implant system is a low cost alternative to all on 4 treatments, and not too significant a jump from a basic denture on its own. The video below helps explain further.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The implant procedure starts with the surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone. It usually takes about three to six months for the implant to permanently integrate into the bone. It will depend on the amount of bone present, the rate of healing of the individual and other factors like smoking and medication.
After we complete the implant, we recommend maintaining the implants like you would for any of your natural teeth. You can accomplish this with regular oral health care and your routine maintenance every six months with your dentist.
We invite you to contact our Katoomba dental surgery for more information about dental implants.