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A permanent solution to your missing teeth
implants at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay is fast becoming a popular
means for people to regain their natural smile and feel great about how their
smile looks again. The functionality and appearance of this procedure looks and
feels just like natural teeth.
They are also a permanent surgical option
which means that if cared for correctly, there is no reason as to why they will
not last the patient a lifetime, giving them a sense of freedom that is
otherwise hard to have with other restorative procedures available.
A dentist in Mackay will talk to their
patients and advise them as to whether they are suitable for this treatment.
There are many different methods that can work for different people and with no
upper age limit, it is a great option for anyone who is looking to gain freedom
with what they can eat and how they can laugh and smile amongst others.
Patients should be in a healthy condition
however and even if old age is considered a potential risk
for implant failure, it is more the impact of some diseases that can
present itself with old age, such as diabetes and osteoporosis which have
negative effects on the implant integration. If a patient has any underlying
health condition, they should divulge this to their dental health care
practitioner s that together they can establish whether the treatment will be a
suitable option for them.
How does it work?
A surgical procedure is involved where a
small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw bone. Over the course of 3 to 6
months, the jaw bone fuses with the screw in a process called osseointegration.
This is a key factor that explains why this treatment is so successful in the
vast majority of cases.
The titanium screw itself becomes a part of
the jaw and acts just like the original tooth root once did. The stimulation
that this provides the jaw means that the natural recession that occurs when a
tooth has been removed does not exist; the jaw bone remains strong and healthy
even as a patient ages.
Depending on the situation, a crown or
bridge can be placed on the implant immediately or there is a need for the site
to heal before this step can take place. Once the crown or bridge has been
placed onto the abutment and the site has healed and is comfortable to touch
and use, then the implant and false tooth can be used just like a regular
The functionality and the appearance of the
finalised result will be remarkably the same as a natural tooth. This is
another reason why this procedure is such a great success for all patients.
With an increase in technology, digital scans can pinpoint the precise location
where the implant should be located, minimising healing time an increasing
comfort as well.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries
risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately
qualified health practitioner.