It can be devastating to lose a tooth. Many people hold a lot of value to their smile and it can be said that when it is no longer complete, they may also feel incomplete somehow. It is not only an emotional issue however. There are a lot of physical impacts that a missing tooth can have on a person’s remaining teeth as well as their entire body.
From remaining teeth shifting, causing future complications and concerns, to patients finding that eating becomes more difficult, there are many reasons as to why an individual needs to seek to replace their missing tooth as soon as possible.
At High Dental Implants Melbourne, dentists are available to walk their patients through the process of having a tooth implant to replace one or several of their missing teeth. It is a minor surgical procedure that has many additional benefits to the longevity of a person’s jawbone density and their surrounding teeth.
The implants themselves are made from high quality titanium, a material that naturally bonds with bone so that the implant is proven to stay intact for a long time. Several months after the surgical procedure has taken place, the titanium rod should have fused with the bone and surrounding tissue to create a very stable and secure post on which a crown or a bridge can be attached.
The teeth are a very natural looking and feeling replacement to a patient’s original teeth. Dentists put a lot of effort and thought into recreating a patient’s natural tooth in shape, size and colour for maximum comfort when they bite down and maximum confidence when they smile. They should not be able to distinguish their new tooth from their original natural teeth.
How long does the procedure take?
From the first consultation, a dentist is able to ensure that their patient is eligible for this treatment plan. They may need to undergo prior treatment or control some underlying dental disease which can extend the treatment process significantly.
Once the day of the surgery has taken place, it will take up to 6 weeks for the implant to heal and a patient to feel comfortable with eating and chewing on their new tooth. They may be able to have their crown fitted immediately during the initial surgery or they may need to come back at a later date and have it fitted once the site has healed.
Several months later, a dentist will want to ensure that the entire treatment was a success by making sure that fusion between the titanium post and the bone has taken place. It can then be decided as to whether the treatment was a success.
A natural and comfortable means of replacing teeth, this is perhaps the most favoured option that is available to patients who are looking to complete their smile again.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.