An Attractive Smile Reflects a Healthy Life
An Attractive Smile Reflects a Healthy Life
Are you missing teeth?
If you are missing teeth, you will understand how a healthy smile can help you enjoy life to the fullest. An attractive, natural smile helps us look and feel our best. It allows us to feel naturally confident at home, work and socialising. It means we can be who we want to be.
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE MISSING TEETH
The loss of even a single tooth can have a considerable impact on everyday life and self-esteem. There are a number of reasons why people lose their teeth. Teeth may have been missing since birth or have been lost due to gum disease, infection, illness, trauma, medications or decay. Whatever the reasons, the consequences usually have a negative impact on quality of life. You may no longer eat the same foods that you once enjoyed. You may be self-conscious and less confident than you once were, and you may even stop smiling and laughing altogether. As time passes, you may find that you are not the self-assured, self-confident person you once were.
DENTAL IMPLANTS OFFER LONG-LASTING SOLUTIONS
If you are missing one or more teeth, or even wear a full denture, then dental implants may be the option for you. Dental implants serve as artificial roots, firmly anchored into the jawbone, to support fixed or removable tooth replacements. They are a solution for single missing teeth, to support a crown, a solution for several missing teeth to support a bridge, or a modern solution to replace all missing teeth.
A huge advantage of implants is that they help to retain the jaw bone. Once teeth are missing, the jaw bone naturally starts to recede, or shrink. This is because the bone is no longer stimulated when you chew. This causes changes to your physical appearance and with time, dentures lose their fit. They can slip, cause pain or even become embarrassing
Benefits of Dental Implants
WHY A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental implants look, feel and work like natural teeth because they are made of a special metal (pure titanium) that is compatible with the jaw bone. The metal helps the bone fuse with the implant, which is a small post that protrudes from the gum tissue. Prosthetic teeth are then attached to these posts for a natural-looking and attractive result.
Since dental implants help distribute chewing forces throughout the jaw bone, they can restore up to 90% of the chewing power lost with missing teeth, and they can minimise the erosion of the jaw bone that normally occurs when teeth are lost or removed. Implants can improve the cosmetics, retention and preservation of the jaw bones, even if you are wearing a full or partial denture at the time.
Many patients who previously suffered from missing teeth, soreness from dentures, decreased chewing ability, and a less attractive appearance are now taking advantage of dental implants to address these problems. Implants can literally improve not only your smile, but more importantly for many denture wearers, your ability to eat and talk.
INDIVIDUAL TREATMENT PLANS
The mouth is carefully analysed to determine the best location for the implants. Then a treatment plan is designed that is appropriate for each individual. The actual process of receiving implants is generally comfortable, and the implants literally become attached to the jaw bone and have excellent retention. In most cases, they are as comfortable and solid as your own teeth.
The initial phase of dental implants is to have a surgical procedure that involves placing the implants in the jaw bone. Thanks to local anaesthesia, implant placement can be performed very quickly and relatively pain-free. With careful preparation and execution, the treatment should conclude without problems and with minimal risk.
Today, in the vast majority of cases, implant integration occurs quite quickly and without problems. Any minimal discomfort improves rapidly following implant insertion. In a minority of cases, it may take four to six months and in rare cases, up to a year for the implant to become strongly attached to the bone. In these cases the doctor will know the implant will take time to integrate, and any patient who has worn dentures previously can continue to do so. If the implants are placed in a site that is not required for chewing, then the implants can heal by themselves.
Following integration, the last step of any implant treatment is the attachment of the final new tooth or teeth. Final teeth are individually designed to suit your face, skin tone, age and/or preferences. They are attached to the implant/s using cement or tiny screws.
Regardless of which option you choose, the retention of your prosthesis will be stronger than ever. Everything should fit and feel much better. Your dental health will be markedly improved. Dental implants can significantly improve the quality of your life. Best of all, you should be more confident and comfortable when you are eating and smiling.
Many patients who have dental implants comment that the quality of their lives has significantly improved. They feel more confident and comfortable eating. After 40 years of intensive worldwide research and success rates approaching 97%, we are confident that implants will be a superb benefit for our patients who are missing teeth.
Even if you are wearing a full or partial denture at this time, implants can improve the cosmetics, retention and preservation of the jaw bones. With the use of implants, many problems associated with missing teeth or dentures have been eliminated.
Our office is committed to offering the most advanced technology available that will help our patients. Today, any patient who is missing teeth is most likely a candidate for dental implants. The implants last for many years and provide enhanced function and aesthetics. The process of dental implant treatment is generally comfortable and the final results are like your own teeth.
Because Dr Wells has training, expertise, and over thirty years of experience working with dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, he is able to offer a number of options to brighten smiles. Dental implants improve cosmetics because they look, feel and work like natural teeth.
Our entire office is proud of the implant services we are providing. Implant dentistry is one of the most exciting new disciplines in dentistry and is changing the lives of many of our patients. We invite you to learn more about the many options available to you. We look forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have about dental implants and any of the problems associated with missing teeth, dentures and removable bridges.
Please note that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
DENTAL IMPLANT SOLUTIONS
Are you having issues with one, two or multiple teeth? We can help you.
FOR ONE MISSING TOOTH
How does a normal dental crown differ from an implant crown?
CROWN ON A NATURAL TOOTH
If a tooth is damaged (for whatever reason), but the root remains intact, a dentist can simply place a crown over what remains of the tooth and root (sometimes, root canal therapy may also be necessary to save the tooth root to allow it to be able to support a crown).
Adjacent teeth are not compromised in any way, and the crown should look indistinguishable from your other natural teeth. No one will know that you have had a damaged tooth.
CROWN ON AN IMPLANT
If you are completely missing just one tooth, an all-ceramic dental crown on a single dental implant is often the best choice. The implant serves as a foundation for the crown, taking the place of the natural tooth root. You will not feel any difference between the implant and your normal teeth.
The crown is then attached to the dental implant, and will match the shape and contour or your natural teeth, so that no one can tell the difference. The adjacent teeth are not compromised in any way, and you will not suffer continuing bone loss that would otherwise weaken neighbouring teeth.
FOR two or more MISSING TeeTH
How does a normal dental bridge differ from an implant bridge?
bridge on natural teeth
A bridge is an economically viable, long-term solution for one or more missing teeth. The bridge is supported by adjacent natural teeth, which must be prepared beforehand to serve as a support for the new bridge. Whilst economically viable, the disadvantage to this method, is that often, the adjacent teeth may be perfectly normal and healthy, but in the preparation, they must be ground down in order to prepare them for the bridge that will eventually help hold everything in place to fill the gap of the missing tooth or teeth. Another disadvantage is that bone loss, whilst slowed down, cannot be altogether prevented.
bridge ON AN IMPLANT
A bridge supported by implants counteracts any potential bone loss and protects the adjacent healthy teeth. The teeth immediately adjacent are not damaged in any way. A bridge firmly anchored to implants provides an aesthetically pleasing, fully functional result that helps prevent further bone loss.
WHEN MANY OR ALL TEETH ARE MISSING
Missing all of your teeth can have a devastating effect on your quality of life. As well, it often makes people look and feel older. The conventional and cheapest solution is a denture or partial denture. Anyone with dentures will be able to tell you that it is uncomfortable and that your eating habits will change (softer, often over-cooked foods are preferred). As a result, your nutrition and digestion will be affected, as eating crunchy vegetables and fruits, and seeds and nuts are almost impossible to eat. Also, with an upper denture you can expect a loss of sense of taste. Worst of all, bone loss will also likely progress and with it, you will have diminished functionality. This is when patients are likely to complain that they are fearful they will lose their dentures if they smile too broadly, laugh or even just in speaking – there is limited bone left to hold the denture in place.
REMOVABLE bridge ON IMPLANTS
Here, a denture-like structure is firmly secured on two or more implants, using mechanical anchors. After placement, the implant supported prosthesis largely functions and appears just like natural teeth. The sense of taste is preserved, as taste buds are not covered as they are with a full denture. In this way, the prosthetic is more like a bridge. This bridge can be easily removed for cleaning. Taste sensation is unaffected and the need for denture adhesives is eliminated.
Removable Bridge on Implant Bar
For an even more secure fit, an implant bar is fixed to your jaw and is supported by two or more implants. The bar serves as a more rigid supporting element for a removable prosthesis. The prosthetic can be removed for easy cleaning and again, sense of taste is retained, whilst the need for denture adhesives is eliminated.
Fixed Implant Supported Bridge
Here, a prosthesis is supported by four or more implants. It is a more durable solution. The prosthesis is fixed firmly in place and the gums remain free.
Taste sensation is therefore maintained, and there is no need for denture adhesives. The main advantage is that this solution stimulates bone maintenance, and restores chewing function.
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