Missing teeth can cause further health complications and affect your social and professional life. Whether you have one or more gaps in your smile, you may want to learn more about what tooth replacement options are available.
While there are several ways to replace missing teeth, only dental implants are permanent. However, because the dental implant procedure can take several months, many Australians wonder, ‘do I need dental implants?’ Although every person’s medical background is unique, many Australians can benefit significantly from dental implant surgery at the Digital Dental Implant Institute.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that includes the dental implant which is a tiny titanium rod, and a small hook called the abutment, and the only visible part, the artificial tooth.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure involves four major steps, including an initial consultation, the dental implant surgery, healing time to allow the bone to fuse to the implant, and finally, fitting and placing the artificial tooth.
At the initial consultation, our dentists assess whether you are a candidate for dental implants. If you have any pre-existing health conditions, like low jawbone density or gum disease, we must treat that before proceeding with the dental implant procedure.
At DDII, we perform your dental implant procedure with the DIO Navi guidance system, making the process shorter than a traditional dental implant procedure, which involves cutting the gum open to reach the jawbone. Instead, our digital guidance system allows us to drill two tiny holes to place the dental implant, and sometimes place the abutment (the small hook that connects the crown to the implant) at the same time.
Our dental implant surgery process takes between 15 and 20 minutes. It also opens up the dental implant procedure to patients with certain chronic health conditions, including diabetes, who otherwise could not typically benefit from dental implants.
Before you leave the practice, we take impressions of your mouth and create temporary teeth for you in a day.
While the digital guidance system means you can expect a shorter recovery time than traditional methods, you may need to wait several months for the implant and bone to fuse in a process called osseointegration. The fusion of bone and titanium creates a stronger base for your crown and allows your dental implants to act just like a natural tooth root.
Once the fusion has finished, you can return to our practice to fit your new, permanent restorations.
Do I Need Dental Implants?
Missing teeth can cause further tooth decay and eventual loss. Keeping the gap clean and free of debris is hard, especially if the missing tooth is a back molar.
Besides tooth decay, missing teeth can also cause your jawbone to lose density, resulting in a distorted face and sometimes causing speech difficulties. Some Australians with missing teeth also find it hard to eat their favourite foods, including chewy delicacies like steak.
People with missing teeth sometimes feel self-conscious when smiling or laughing, which affects their interactions with colleagues, friends, and family.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that can solve all these challenges. They stop bone loss, support other teeth, and act like natural teeth, meaning you can eat anything you like.
Call DDII To Complete Your Smile Today
Everyone’s needs are different, and the dentists at DDII can help you answer all your questions about oral health, from ‘do I need dental implants?’ to ‘how can I make my teeth whiter?’
Call us today on (02) 4058 2836 to schedule an initial appointment and learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.