Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

How a dental implant can restore your smile

Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience. Whether it comes as a result of an injury or accident, or is a consequence of dental or gum disease, no one wants an unsightly gap spoiling their smile.

However, thanks to the latest technology and techniques in dental implants, replacing a missing tooth is no longer a major dilemma.

In fact, we can now give you a brand new tooth with minimal disruption to your other healthy teeth for a bright smile that will last a lifetime.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a state-of-art option for replacing missing teeth. In most cases, a metal post is surgically fused into your jawbone to provide a stable framework to mount a replacement tooth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

The advantage of a dental implant if you’ve lost a tooth is that it essentially restores the root as a single unit, which achieves a fantastic natural look that’s superior to other techniques such as conventional bridges or dentures.

Before dental implants, replacing missing teeth was much more problematic. We had partial dentures, full dentures, plastic acrylic dentures, chrome cobalt dentures and fixed bridges. But the major disadvantage was that we had to cut down good healthy teeth in order to fit them.

For example, if a 20-year-old year old young man knocked his front tooth out 30 ago, the only option he had was to have a removable plate fitted or a fixed tooth put in.

But that meant he’d need to have his two beautiful healthy teeth either side of that missing tooth cut down. Then he’d have to have a solid porcelain bridge fused in. That was a really sad outcome because it meant he would have basically lost three teeth in order to replace the single missing tooth.

And the new bridge would require constant maintenance across his lifetime. He may even have had to have it replaced 10 to 15 years down the track, which would involve losing more of the tooth substrate underneath as part of that process.

That’s certainly not an ideal outcome, but it’s now one we can easily overcome with modern dental implants.

Who can get dental implants?

The good news is that pretty much everyone can have a dental implant. However, some people may need bone grafting and connective tissue grafting if they’ve lost lots of bone and soft tissue, so there is a healing issue to consider.

Lifetime heavy smokers may have some trouble healing and the bone grafting may not take very well. Likewise, people who develop type 2 diabetes in their older age may face lots of repercussions with regard to healing and the ability to produce the bone to integrate with the implant.

But if you’re otherwise healthy, a dental implant is certainly the best way to replace a missing tooth and keep you smiling for years to come.