Considered as the best restorative option for tooth loss, dental implants provide structural integrity to a patient’s mouth. They are a great alternative to traditional bridges and dentures because the dentists surgically implant them into your jawbone so they function like your natural teeth.
The dental implants the dentists at All About Teeth Townsville use are stand-alone tooth replacement treatments that can be used to support a single dental crown, multiple-tooth dental bridge, or a full-mouth all-on-4 denture.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a dental prosthetic used to mimic a natural tooth root. The material is made of titanium, which is extremely biocompatible (it’s even used for joint replacements) and encourages fusion of new bone around the root.
After the titanium root has been implanted, a permanent restoration like a dental crown or dental bridge can be placed on top of it. Implants are used to replace any given number of missing teeth, and are so strong that even one implant can support multiple tooth restorations.
Why is it important to replace your missing teeth?
Through our human evolution, every part of the human body has been designed to work together at top efficiency. When you’re missing teeth, this can affect not only your digestion and your speech, but be detrimental to your holistic heath.
It doesn’t matter why your teeth are missing, or how many there are dental implants are now considered the treatment method of choice. Replacing teeth as soon as possible with a dental implant can help you avoid the complications caused by missing teeth throughout your mouth.
Missing teeth can cause:
- Shifting and drifting of other teeth in the mouth
- Loss of bone structure
- Abnormal tooth wear due to irregular pressure against other teeth
- An increased risk for tooth decay
- A higher chance of developing periodontal disease
Instead, dental implants provide our patients permanently anchored teeth that look and function just like their natural teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
When you have dental implants, you’ll have a permanent tooth replacement option. You’ll never have to wear a removable appliance that feels unnatural or is uncomfortable.
Missing teeth cause other teeth throughout the mouth to drift out of place. This makes people prone to developing problems around the adjacent teeth, like cavities, bone loss, or gum disease. It also poses an aesthetic concern.
By replacing your missing tooth as soon as possible, you can ensure that teeth will retain their natural positioning without compromising their function.
How are dental implants done?
Most dental implant treatments take two appointments at All About Teeth. After your consultation with one of our Townsville dental implant dentists, we’ll schedule your implant placement. This appointment involves minor surgery, where the implant root is placed directly into the bone.
You’ll then need to wait three to six months for full bone formation to occur around your implant root. Once this process called osseointegration has taken place, you’ll return for the placement of your permanent restoration on top of the implant.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are the longest lasting replacement we have for lost teeth. The strength of the titanium and the body’s ability to fuse directly to the implant root means it lasts much longer than any other kind of treatment. From time to time, a new restoration may be needed on top of the implant.
The majority of dental implants can last at least 20 years or more.
What do dental implants cost?
The treatment for dental implants in Townsville will vary, depending on the number of teeth being replaced and the type of restoration that you’ve decided on. As few as four implant roots can be used to support a full-mouth denture, but individual tooth replacements require their own implant root.
After your private consultation with one of our dentists, you’ll have a good estimate for dental implant costs in Townsville.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
The ideal Townsville dental implant patient will be dedicated to their oral hygiene, have a mouth free of oral disease, and have an adequate level of bone throughout the mouth.
A simple consultation with a Townsville Dental Implants dentist is all that is needed to find out whether or not dental implants are an option for you.
For more information on our innovative dental implants or to schedule an appointment contact the friendly team today.