Dental implants Wagga are a highly popular choice of tooth replacement therapy. Dental implants have seen a rise in uptake in the last few decades and this is because they provide a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Prior to dental implants being available, tooth loss was addressed using dentures, bridges and crowns without a strong foundation to rely on. Dental implants provide that strong foundation which allows you to restore the appearance, function and the health of your teeth to its maximum potential. Speak to your dentist to find out if dental implants are suitable for you if you would like the option to replace teeth.
How do dental implants work?
You will first need to undergo a thorough examination of your remaining teeth and gums to make sure that there are no underlying dental issues which may be affecting your oral health. It is important that you visit your dentist sooner rather than later after losing a tooth or undergoing a tooth extraction to preserve the health of your remaining teeth. A missing tooth has a negative impact on the remaining teeth as they shift to try and fill the gap in your arch. This can cause misalignment issues of the teeth and bite disorders. The earlier you address your missing tooth the less chance there is of further complications.
Your dentist will assess the health of your gums and jawbone to make sure that the implant can be inserted into your mouth successfully. There needs to be sufficient healthy gum and bone to hold the implant in place. If you require bone grafting then this will be carried out prior to the surgery and if you require periodontal treatment this will also be carried out before you can undergo dental implant surgery.
Dental implant surgery
Once you are ready for the surgery you will be given a local anaesthetic which will help make the procedure as pain-free as possible. A small hole will be drilled into the bone socket of your missing tooth or teeth depending on the number of implants that you are having. An implant is inserted into the hole and this will initiate a natural healing process, which will result in bone cells forming around the implant so that the implant is fixed securely in place in your jawbone. This process can take approximately 3 to 6 months depending on your body‘s ability to heal. Your dentist will assess the progress of the healing at regular intervals to make sure that it is coming along successfully and that there is no sign of infection. Once the implant has become fully integrated into your mouth then you are ready to replace your missing tooth or teeth.
A small cut may need to be made in your gum to expose the surface of the implant to which a connector post will be attached. This will hold your choice of prosthetic in place so that you can firmly and securely replace your missing tooth or teeth. The dental implant is designed to last for the rest of your life and with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist you can enjoy a happy and healthy smile for the future.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.