Dental implants – why struggle with no teeth to chew?

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For many years older patients have struggled with tooth loss, especially the rear molars, which has resulted in them not being able to chew properly. This problem affects not only the mouth, but the health of the patient, because it means that the digestive system has to work harder. Dental implants Wagga use the technology, the skill and the experience of the dentist to make this problem a thing of the past.

Tooth loss all too common

Over the past decades amazing strides have been made in dental science and technology and dentists now have a vast array of procedures from which to choose. Preventive dentistry is still the most reliable way of addressing tooth decay and gum disease. By encouraging parents to introduce their children at an early age, even as young as one year old, to the dentist, it is hoped generations should grow up with healthier teeth. By allowing children to experience the dental surgery, equipment and surgery staff early, they become more familiar and relaxed in that environment. Tooth loss as a result of poor oral care is still a problem, especially in the older population, due to years of poor oral hygiene. Accidents are also the cause of many teeth being knocked out, especially front teeth.

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Dental implants are now routine

To a trained implant dentist, replacing teeth using this method is no longer considered a complex procedure. It is always necessary to conduct a thorough examination including X-rays and 3D scans to establish the condition and density of a patient’s jawbone. If the jawbone does not display sufficient density it will be necessary to perform a bone graft. At this stage the number of teeth required to be replaced will need to be determined. Full medical disclosure of any pre-existing and current conditions must be made. Once it has been decided to proceed with the dental implant the dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area. The implant area needs to be clean and free of any debris; they will therefore have to remove any remaining tooth parts and roots. A neat and precise hole will be drilled into the jawbone to receive a titanium post which will act as the root for the new artificial tooth. Titanium is used because it is a material that will naturally fuse with the bone to form a stable base. An abutment is then screwed into the post which will help to secure the crown. A healing cap is applied at this stage to stop any bone or tissue growing over the abutment. Once the gums have healed the crown is placed onto the abutment. Implant dentists have mastered the art of blending crown colour to natural teeth after having completed many implants.

After implant care

It is not uncommon to experience some discomfort once the surgery has been completed, but this will pass within a few days. Oral hygiene routines should be maintained and regular brushing and flossing must be sustained. A follow up dental visit is required after two weeks and any lingering discomfort or problem must be brought to the dentist’s attention. Normally after these few weeks a patient can return to normal activities, eating and drinking as before.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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