Bad luck! You’ve got a damaged or loose tooth that might need to come out.
In a perfect world, we all keep our shiny, pearly whites in good health for the entirety of our lives.
But in the real world, we sometimes face losing a tooth due to an accident or injury, tooth decay, gum recession, or just bad genetic heritage that gave us less than a robust set of teeth for this life.
Life isn’t fair, is it?
Fortunately, advances in dental care in recent years are helping raise the prospects for all of us to live out our lives with relatively normal and unnoticeable tooth replacements, known as “dental implants.”
The professionals at Precision Dental in Fortitude Valley can help you decide if dental implants are right for your situation.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a mechanical device that screws into the existing bone structure and then bonds with that bone in a process known as osseointegration.
That is a biological process, which integrates the implant device directly to your bone structure.
It is what makes dental implants stronger, more permanent, and more natural in appearance and function than a removable denture or permanent bridge.
After the implant has bonded to the bone of the jaw, a dental prosthesis can be attached to it so that you will have a new, attractive, natural-looking replacement tooth that should last a very long time given proper care and good periodontal health.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants over Other Treatments?
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than other types of tooth replacements.
Whereas dentures and bridges usually have a lifespan of five to ten years, with proper installation and care, dental implants can be expected to last ten to fifteen years or longer.
Dental implants are cared for in the same way as your natural teeth.
In other words, you will brush, floss, and care for your dental implants in the same way as you do your natural teeth so that no added procedures will complicate your routine.
Dental implants will behave in the same way as your natural teeth, so you never have to worry about them coming out unexpectedly, causing you any speech impediments, or moving around in the normal course of eating and speaking.
Dental implants will preserve bone structure from deterioration due to the loss of a tooth and will help maintain the health and strength of adjacent dental structures, whether natural or not.
Dental implants are more aesthetically pleasing by preserving the shape and density of your natural facial bone structure and maintaining a wholesome and healthy facial shape that could be lost in the absence of a strong, skeletal presence underneath.
Are Dental Implants a good option for everyone?
If you are facing the loss of one or more teeth, you should seek the advice of a dental professional at Precision Dental in Fortitude Valley.
Several factors could prevent you from being a good candidate for dental implants.
The primary determining factors are the health of the bone and periodontal structures in the affected area.
If you have good bone density and strength, and healthy gums, then you are probably a good candidate for dental implants. Another factor is your overall health.
If you have diabetes, a smoker, or if your bone structure has been weakened over time due to the long-term absence of a tooth, then your dentist should closely examine the areas in question to determine if they can support a dental implant.
Other options might need to be considered.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants.
The density and strength of the bone structure, the health of the gums, and the health of the adjacent teeth are all factors that have a bearing on dental implant viability.
The bone, gums, and surrounding area must be healthy and strong enough to support a foreign object that will be subject to all the pressures and stresses that natural teeth must endure.
Inserting a dental implant into an area that is incapable of withstanding those pressures and stresses would be futile, and other solutions should be sought.
Effective Dental Implants in Fortitude Valley
The Precision Dental team uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment and the highest standards in the dental industry to determine what is the best treatment for each patient.
You’ll be in good hands with Precision Dental.
Call us on (07) 3852 1160 or visit us at S13, HQ South Tower, 520 Wickham St in Fortitude Valley.