Learn more dental implants and why they are a popular form of restorative treatment
Restorative Treatment at Wahroonga Family Dental Centre
The dentists of Wahroonga Family Dental Centre in Wahroonga provide a variety of treatments and procedures to help patients overcome their dental problems. From preventative care to restorative treatments, we will help you enjoy cleaner teeth and a happier smile.
Maintaining a clean, healthy smile and mouth might take more than just preventative treatment. Regular professional cleanings and examinations can help a patient avoid tooth decay and gum disease, but what happens when it is too late for preventive treatment?
When tooth decay or even an injury to the mouth has caused your teeth to become damaged or fall out, your dentist will make use of restorative treatments to restore or replace them. This refers to using dental prosthetics such as crowns, fillings, dental implants, veneers, etc. to remedy or replace a damaged or lost tooth.
These treatments are designed to help improve how your teeth look whilst also restoring natural function.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are artificial replacements for tooth roots. They are surgically fitted to your jaw and act as a holder for the replacement teeth or bridge. This is a popular option for fitting replacement teeth since the teeth will not need to rely on the surrounding teeth for support (as with traditional bridges) and are more permanent and stable. Since the dental implant is fitted onto your jawbone and beneath your gum line, it is not visible.
Each implant is made from certain metals (usually titanium) and ceramic material, similar to your bone’s natural construction, making it feel and function just like your natural teeth.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are made of 3 different parts, namely:
- The Implant: This is the artificial root attached to the jawbone and is made from titanium.
- The Abutment: It is attached to the implant with a screw and is used to connect the implant to the crown (the restoration). This part is usually made of titanium, gold, or porcelain.
- The Restoration: This is the crown and is made from porcelain or a metal alloy. It resembles a natural tooth since it is visible and is bonded or screwed to the abutment.
The entire process of fitting a dental implant can take several months because the implant must be fitted directly to the jawbone which can only be done surgically.
There are 2 procedures for fitting a dental implant:
- Two-stage procedure: This procedure involves two surgeries to complete. In the first procedure, the dental implant is attached to the jawbone (below the gum tissue so it isn’t visible) and the gum tissue is re-stitched. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, the second procedure is conducted. During this surgery, a metal post (the abutment) is connected to the implant, which was attached during the first surgery, and an artificial tooth (the crown) is attached to the post creating your permanent artificial teeth.
- Single-stage procedure: As the name suggests, this procedure involves one surgery and is only performed when the patient has insufficient bone height (which is required for the two-stage procedure). A long metal implant is surgically fitted onto the jawbone below the gum tissue (only the implant’s head remains visible). The gum is stitched up and the patient is sent home for recovery. Once healed, the artificial tooth can fitted onto the implant head without the need for further surgery. Subperiosteal implants are used for this procedure.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are slightly more expensive than regular bridges and dentures but they are worth it in the long run. Some of the benefits include:
- More stability: Since the implants are fitted onto the jawbone, they provide more stable support for artificial teeth preventing the restorations (mounted bridges and dentures) from moving around.
- More natural: Thanks to the permanency and stability of dental implants, the artificial teeth feel surprisingly similar to your natural teeth providing more comfort and confidence.
- Improves function: Because the artificial teeth are securely fitted and feel natural, daily activities such as eating and especially speaking become easier.
- Better oral health: Regular bridges use the surrounding teeth as an anchor, which may require altering your natural teeth (like shaving it down to accommodate crowns) however dental implants don’t require surrounding teeth to be altered, so patients can keep more of their natural teeth intact.
- Convenient: Dental implants won’t slip out of your mouth (as may accidentally happen with dentures) saving you much embarrassment. They also do not require any unpleasant adhesives to keep them in place.
- Durable: If properly cared for, dental implants can last you a lifetime since they are attached directly to your jawbone.
Dental Implants with Wahroonga Family Dental Centre
Replacing missing teeth is imperative in maintaining your oral, dental, and overall health and dental implants are a great method for doing this since they are a more permanent solution and look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
We, at Wahroonga Family Dental Centre in Wahroonga, can help you get your best smile yet with dental implants, which will make you want to keep flashing your bright and healthy smile!