What are dental implants?
Dental implants are designed to fill in a void left by a missing or extracted tooth. They can be used to restore a singular tooth fixture as well as restore an entire arch, thus eliminating the need for removable and often inconvenient dentures. Here at Tewantin Dental Centre, we believe dental implants are one of the most revolutionary advances in dentistry, as they practically enable the installation of a second natural tooth.
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What is involved?
A dental implant is comprised of two separate parts. First of all the implant itself (which is a small titanium fixture) will be inserted into your jaw. Once this has integrated with your jaw bone properly, ensuring a stable support, your dentist at Tewantin Dental Centre will be able to install the dental implant crown, which will be attached to the implant. This will restore the appearance of your smile by filling in the gap with a prosthetic tooth; colour matched and shaped to suit your natural teeth.
Multiple implants can be used to restore a full arch
In some cases where people have lost a majority of their adult teeth, multiple dental implants will be recommended. In some instances, your dentist may recommend extracting remaining teeth and replacing them with multiple implants, which will then be able to support a full arch of teeth.
Are dental implants suitable for me?
There are a number of reasons why you may be the right candidate for dental implants. If you have recently lost a tooth due to an accident or extraction, then our dentists may recommend a dental implant. You may also be an ideal applicant for dental implant surgery, if you wish to replace the use of removable dentures with permanent tooth fixtures that will give you a stable and durable smile.
Before undergoing a dental implant procedure, it is required that we assess your mouth and jaw bone. An assessment will determine whether you have enough jaw bone to support the installation of a dental implant. In cases where there is not enough jaw bone, the body may reject the implant.
Caring for your dental implants
As your dental implants will practically replace your natural teeth, the same oral care is required. The basics of oral hygiene include brushing twice a day, flossing before bed and visiting your dentist at Tewantin Dental Centre in Noosa, at least twice a year. If you had teeth extracted and an implant installed due to decay you may be required to visit Tewantin Dental Centre more frequently as some individuals can be susceptible to periodontal disease and decay.
If you have previously had teeth extracted and an implant installed, you may be required to visit Tewantin Dental Centre more frequently, as some individuals can be susceptible to periodontal disease and decay.