A dental implant Melbourne is an excellent piece of dental technology, used successfully across the world for many decades, that can replace your missing teeth. An oral implant can be used to replace a single tooth or it can replace up to 3 adjacent teeth where necessary. It is a small medical grade titanium screw which is biocompatible and when inserted into the human jaw integrates itself to become a permanent fixture in the mouth. With much research and development a dental implant has a success rate of more than 95% for replacing a missing tooth or teeth and in the majority of patients it can last for the rest of the patient’s life. If you are missing a tooth, multiple teeth or you need to undergo a tooth extraction then you need to speak to your dentist and find out about dental implants.
Avoid tooth loss
To begin with, it is important that we try to avoid tooth loss. Although there are different types of restorative dental treatments and procedures, nothing is as good as the real thing. Your teeth should last for the rest of your life, but you need to look after them properly. This includes visiting the dentist on a regular basis, maintaining excellent dental hygiene practices and enjoying healthy food and a healthy lifestyle to look after your body in general.
Accidents or injuries
There are many reasons for missing teeth. You may have been in an accident or suffered an injury that has knocked out a tooth or multiple teeth which could not be saved. In this case you would be an ideal patient for dental implants. Dental implant surgery should be relatively simple especially if you do not have any underlying dental health issues. Any remaining fragments of your teeth will be extracted and an oral implant will be used to replace the root of your tooth. Depending on how many teeth you are replacing, within a few months you will have a crown, a set of partial dentures or full dentures to replace your missing teeth.
Tooth decay and gum disease
The main causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and gum disease. These occur because of poor oral hygiene and avoiding the dentist. They cause irreversible damage to your teeth and your teeth fall out of their own accord or they require extracting.
If you have lost your tooth or teeth as a result of tooth decay or gum disease you may need to undergo other dental treatment to prepare you for dental implant surgery. This will include treating gum disease and addressing bone decay. You may need a gum graft and a bone graft or other dental surgery to ensure that your teeth can be replaced successfully. It is important that you contact your dentist as soon as possible so that they can begin the process. The longer you have a missing tooth or missing teeth the more complications you will face and the more lengthy the treatment process will be.
Speak to your dentist today and find out if implantation is suitable for you. You can learn more about dental implants and how they replace your missing teeth and the many advantages that they have in comparison to other tooth replacement procedures.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.