For many people, tooth loss is inevitable. Whether the result of an accident, gum disease or simply old age, when a tooth is lost, not only does it have an immediate effect on the appearance of your smile, but it also has a long-term effect on your oral health.
At Mysmile Clinic in Elsternwick, dental implants are our treatment of choice for patients who have lost one, several or all of their natural teeth. Unlike conventional dentures and bridges, dental implants replace the missing tooth root, creating a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. More impressively, implant-supported teeth look, feel and act just like natural teeth.
Why are dental implants effective?
Dental implants are small cylindrical posts that are surgically inserted into the socket created by a missing tooth. Because they are made of titanium, they have the unique ability to fuse with the jawbone and create new bone tissue. Once they have healed, your dentist will mount them with replacement teeth that can be either crowns, dentures or bridges.
This process leads to stabilisation that is almost identical to natural teeth. After a few weeks, you will not be able to tell the difference between your real teeth and the dental implants.
The degree of stabilisation reached with dental implants means that you can eat your favourite foods without worrying. More importantly, because they function as artificial roots, dental implants continue the very important work of stimulating bone regeneration in the jaw.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Generally, most patients can take advantage of dental implants in Elsternwick, however, the ideal candidate is someone who is healthy, doesn’t smoke, and is committed to maintaining a good oral hygiene regime. Individuals who suffer from heart disease or diabetes will need to be evaluated on an individual basis by our dentists.
If you are interested in dental implants in Elsternwick, but you would like to learn more about them, then don’t hesitate to call us. We understand that tooth loss can be unavoidable, however, that doesn’t mean that you have to deal with the discomfort it causes. By replacing your teeth with dental implants you will benefit from a permanent, convenient and natural looking tooth replacement option.