There Is Nothing Better For Your Oral Health than Your Natural Teeth
The Next Best Thing, However, Are Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a comprehensive tooth replacement treatment unlike any other. One of the reasons that dental implants stand out against bridges and dentures is that dental implants are a whole tooth replacement.
You see: dentures and bridges only replace the crown of the tooth (the part of the tooth visible above the gum line) whereas dental implants replace the tooth root and then a prosthetic tooth attachment replaces the crown.
According To a Recent Study…
According to recent study dental implants are the most effective and long-term cost-effective treatment for missing teeth currently available. The study collected ten years’ worth of data on dental implants from around the globe—it took them two years to sort through it all and come up with the findings.
One of the interesting things was that the study found dental implants to be the most sought-after treatment for missing teeth. Even though they are—short-term—more expensive than dentures or bridges, dental implants provided a much more appealing solution for missing teeth.
Why You Want To Replace The Whole Tooth…
While dentures and bridges do stop teeth from migrating out of position, they do not prevent your jawbone from shrinking.
When you lose a tooth the bone that holds the tooth root starts to dissolve. It happens slowly and gradually but when this bone is gone it does not grow back. If you’ve lost a tooth and wait too long, you might have to go through a rather unpleasant procedure called a bone graft. Jawbone loss can cause tooth loss, it will give your cheeks a sunken appearance and make you look a lot older than you are.
Missing teeth can also create difficulties when speaking or chewing as well as gum disease.
Dental Implants and What’s Involved…
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months for your jaw to heal around the implant. Factors such as, your oral health, you body’s natural ability to heal and whether the implant was placed in the upper or lower jaw all determine the healing time.
Once your jaw has healed around the implant, a prosthetic tooth is attached and you have a full tooth restoration. The benefits of dental implants are:
- Identical to natural teeth in appearance, feel and function
- Helps retain bone structure
- Prevents remaining teeth on either side of the void from migrating
- Decreases stress exerted on the surrounding teeth
- Decreased chance of gum tissue shrinkage
- A permanent solution to tooth loss
At Geoff Ross Dental we have a close working relationship with local prosthodontists and are able to work closely together to restore your smile.
Restorative Dentistry at Geoff Ross Dental…
At our Melbourne dental practice we offer a number of restorative dental treatments to restore the form and function of your smile. Whether you need, dental implants, tooth coloured fillings, root canal treatment or porcelain crowns, we’ve got you covered.
For more information on our dental implant treatments, or to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.