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Everything you should know about implants and what to expect
Losing teeth can have dire consequences, not just for your
psychological well being, but also for your overall health: a gummy mouth can
lead to biting problems, difficulties with chewing and bone loss.
However, thanks to dentures, bridges and other types of
prosthesis, you can restore and replace your missing teeth, but these options
can have limitations.
More and more people are turning to dental
implants in Melbourne to replace their teeth. Learn why tooth implants
might be the best method of restoration for you in the article below.
What are implants?
implants are metal screws or posts that are surgically placed into your
jawbone. Over a recovery period lasting three to six months, the implants
become anchored to the bone in a process called osseointegration.
Once osseointegration is complete, the implant forms part of
your mouth, acting as the artificial root to a new crown. Your dentist will
mount the crowns, bridges or dentures to the implant or implants to complete
the process and replace those missing teeth.
What are the steps
involved in getting implants?
You will need to visit us a few times so we can make sure
you are suitable for implants and your mouth is ready for the treatment.
Implants are life-changing but are not a quick fix.
Having to wait for months to sport your new teeth can be a
painful reality to accept, which is why people with extensive tooth loss are
Same-day implants, or All-on-four, deliver fast and
effective results, so that you do not have to endure months of recovery and a
multitude of procedures before you are considered a suitable candidate for
You may face several stumbling blocks if you struggle with
your dental health. If you have suffered from significant tooth loss and have
not had them replaced, you might not have enough bone in your jaw. One of your
options then are bone grafts, which might delay the process by months; the
other could be All-on-four. As the name suggests, four to six implants are
placed in the upper and lower jaw in whatever bone is available, rendering bone
Chat to your dentist first before making any final decisions
because, despite their appeal, they are not suitable for everyone.
What are some of the
benefits that I can look forward to with implants?
Implants are anchored to your jawbone, which means it will
not be possible to remove them without professional treatment. This means you can enjoy the food you love
without your device shifting around as you eat.
Implants are also made from high quality, pure titanium that
is built to last. In that sense, the
device is permanent.
Implants can also help to regenerate lost bone. As mentioned
previously, implants act as artificial roots to your new teeth, which press
down on your jaw bone as you chew, eat and talk. To keep your jaw bone healthy
and exercised, your teeth must exert pressure by pressing down on them. This movement no longer occurs when you lose
teeth, but can be restored with implants.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before
proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified