WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS AND DO I NEED THEM?
We now seem to live in a world where looks mean everything. Falling short in any way is not an option in this social media/selfie-driven world.
It is easy to hear the term ‘dental implants’ and believe that this could be the smile solution that you are searching for. Do you really know what it means or even what it involves? Let’s take a closer look at things…
What are dental implants?
Dental implants act as replacement teeth. Your dentist may suggest them as a treatment option for you. They are a permanent solution. You will never have to take them out as you would with dentures. This makes them the closest option you have to natural teeth.
What does the treatment involve?
Dental implant treatment is an oral surgical procedure. Only a dentist who has the appropriate training can place dental implants.
Each dental implant has two parts. The implant looks like a screw or post and is made from medical-grade titanium. Then the crown (or tooth) is fixed onto the implant.
what can i expect to happen?
Your dentist will carefully assess your oral health. You will have a scan to ensure you have enough bone to make sure they can fix the implant. This means that your implant will stay securely in place. If you don’t have enough, you may require some bone grafting. Don’t worry, this is quite normal. Your dentist will be able to advise if this is required and what is involved. Your dentist will determine its position and the implant will be surgically placed. This is a very precise procedure.
Once your implant is in, there are a couple of treatment options. You may need to heal for around three months and have a temporary crown replacement during this time. Alternatively, your crown section might be able to be fitted immediately. Your dentist will tell you what is best for you.
will i benefit from dental implants?
If you have missing or loose teeth you could benefit from dental implants. You need to be medically and dentally fit for the procedure. Dental implants mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. This means that you will be able to smile and speak with confidence again. You can eat all of your favourite foods without fear of a tooth coming loose.
Are dental implants the solution for you? We recommend that you book a consultation with a variety of dentists. Dental implants can be a big investment. Most importantly you should make sure that your questions are answered before going ahead.
HOW CAN I FIND a dental implant specialist?
Go to DefactoDentists.com and search for Dentists in your area. You can refine your search for dentists who specialise in implants. Good luck on your implant journey!