What are dental implants?
Dental implants offer a frame or post which is surgically manoeuvred into the jawbone beneath the gums. Your dentist is then able to mount replacement teeth on top of the frame.
What is the difference between implants, dentures, bridges and crowns?
Implants are posts that are positioned into the jawbone. Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that are fitted over your gums. Bridges and crowns are prosthetic devices that are cemented onto the teeth either side of the gap.
The benefits of implants
Dental implants are extremely secure and provide more support for artificial teeth. Because implants fuse with the jawbone they are more stable in the mouth and provide a much more natural feel, which is so important to providing comfort when eating and speaking. When it comes to conventional dentures and bridges they often are more difficult to manage due to the potential of sore spots on the gums, therefore implants may be the more suitable option, especially for single missing teeth. Often times, when bridges or crowns are inserted the adjacent teeth, need to be ground down in order to be prepared for the bridge. When it comes to the preparation for implants, no other teeth need to be altered. Having missing teeth can cause other teeth to drift out of place, by replacing a missing tooth it ensures that the other teeth retain their position and functionality.
Who is an implant candidate?
Your dentist will assess and confirm whether dental implants are a suitable procedure. Having good dental hygiene and oral care habits is essential in ensuring the success of your procedure and healing of the implant. Daily brushing and flossing are important, as well as regular visits to the dentist as part of the follow-up process. Healthy gums are a good sign, the healthier they are before the procedure, the chances of the gums healing well following the procedure increases. Ideally, the candidate should have enough bone in the jaw in order to firmly and safely anchor the implant however, there are alternative methods available if there is not enough bone present.
How do I care for implants properly?
- Brushing your teeth and flossing around the implant thoroughly each day will ensure the dental hygiene of your implant is cared for, enabling the mouth to heal better.
- Avoid anything that may weaken the bone structure and therefore cause the implant to fail, such as smoking.
- Regularly visiting the dentist for cleaning and examinations can ensure that the implant is still in good condition and that it is healing correctly.
- Avoid placing pressure on the implant. By chewing hard foods or grinding your teeth you may place excessive pressure on the implant and run the risk of breaking the crown and your natural teeth.
Seek the opinion of a professional
Visiting All About Teeth, your dentists in Townsville, is the first step to deciding whether or not dental implants are the right fit for you. Call 07 4771 2244 or contact us now