Natural teeth play a crucial role in breaking down food as the first step of digestion process. When a tooth is lost, the chewing efficiency of the oral cavity reduces and as a result, there is more workload on remaining teeth and teeth around the missing tooth can start moving in unwanted directions. As a result, one’s oral health becomes compromised. As implants are quite a comfortable solution to these problems, they have become an increasingly popular choice. We at Dental Seasons, have the necessary equipment and facilities to perform these surgeries in our Sandgate, Queensland office. If you have a question about dental implants, make an appointment and meet our team.
Dental implants and oral health
Dental implants replace the lost tooth root. They are designed to integrate with the surrounding bone and become an integral part of the supporting bone structure and adjacent teeth. When a tooth is lost, the chewing efficiency reduces and there is more workload on other teeth, predisposing them more to splitting. Restoring this space will help preserve the adjacent. Additionally, the gap created by the missing tooth creates an imbalance in the dentition where the nearby teeth are pushed towards the gap leading to orthodontic problems. The crown that is fixed over the implant fills the gap and prevents nearby teeth from shifting.
The tooth loss can cause the supporting bone to shrink because of lack of stimulation from tooth root. Implants integrate with bone structure and thereby prevents the bone from shrinking. This is one of the major benefits of dental implants over other restorations.
Dental implant restoration procedure
Almost any patient who has healthy jawbone can get a dental implant. Our dentist will firstly perform an oral examination to check for any active dental infection and find out if the bone has enough height and width to hold the implant. X-rays are taken and a treatment plan is presented. On confirmation that a surgery can be performed, our dentist explains how the process will unfold.
The implant is placed in the dental chair under local anesthesia. After the healing period (usually 8 weeks), the dentist checks to see if the implant is stable. A porcelain tooth is then fixed over the implant on confirmation that the implant has successfully integrated with the bone. Impressions of teeth are taken to fabricate a dental crown. The crown replaces the natural tooth crown. It can be cemented or screwed over the abutment. Our team informs patients on how to care for the implanted tooth after the surgery is complete. With proper oral care, dental implants are known to last for a few decades.
Do you want to replace your lost tooth with a dental implant? The surgical procedure performed at our clinic may help you get a wonderful tooth restoration and a healthy smile.