Are you new to the world of oral implants?
As dentistry has advanced in recent years, dental professionals are able to solve almost every problem imaginable, including the loss of permanent teeth.
In recent years, the number of dental patients seeking oral implants as an alternative to bridges and dentures has increased, due to flexible payment options and the restored functionality of their mouths and teeth.
But if you are new to the range of available cosmetic dental options and have never even considered having implants fitted, then naturally, you will have many questions. As many people get their basic information online, this article will teach you some basics about what to expect when going to have dentist implants in Melbourne.
What are oral implants?
When discussing oral implants, many people assume that the implant is a prosthetic tooth or teeth.
However, implants used in dentistry closely resemble small, titanium screws, which are attached to your jawbone. Depending on how much work you require, your dentist may decide to use any number of implants, ranging from 1 to 8.
If you are having an entire set of teeth fitted (known as overdentures) then your dentist will typically fit 4 implants.
The fitting procedure
At the initial consultation, your dentist will gather X-rays and scans of your jawbone, to assess its condition and suitability for implants.
If they are satisfied, at a later appointment, the area where the implants are to be attached will be numbed, the gum line will be pulled back and, using a very small drill, a hole will be made and the implant(s) fitted.
Once all the implants are placed, your gums will be closed with dissolvable stitches and, over the next few months, you will need to attend regular check-ups to ensure your jaw is growing around the implants.
Long term benefits
Once the teeth are attached, you can begin to enjoy the benefits of implants.
As they are fitted to the jaw, they do not move and require no fiddly dental adhesive to hold them in place. In a similar vein, no movement equates to no painful rubbing against the gum line, meaning no ulcers or sore spots.
Your dentist will be able to match your implant(s) to your teeth in size, shape, and colour, meaning they will look and function just like your natural teeth.
Once your prosthetic teeth are fitted, it is important to note that you cannot simply neglect them.
To keep your implants healthy, you will need to attend a biannual check-up with your dentist, so they can check for potential issues like gum disease, infections or potential weakening of the jaw.
Remember to brush, floss and rinse your implants twice a day, just as you would your natural teeth. Lifestyle factors like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, gum diseases, and poor dental hygiene can significantly shorten the lifespan of oral implants.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.