Why you should consider dental implants to replace lost teeth.
The loss of a tooth (or teeth) can impact on your quality of life in a number of ways.
Firstly, there are the aesthetic considerations. We all know how much more confident and self-assured we feel if we have a healthy and happy smile. Lost teeth can also affect your general health and wellbeing, through making it harder to eat and digest certain foods.
Missing teeth can also lead to a general deterioration of your overall oral hygiene and health, as it can result in bone loss around the area of a missing tooth, or cause your remaining teeth to shift their position.
Losing teeth can, therefore, have a number of ramifications, both in the short and long term. However, dental implants provide an effective solution to the problems caused by missing teeth.
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Why replacing lost teeth is important
Replacing missing teeth is important, regardless of how they have been lost, whether that be through ageing, neglect, disease or decay, or as a result of an accident or injury.
Protect your remaining teeth
Essentially, losing a tooth will place a strain on your remaining teeth and will impact negatively on their ability to do the job they are designed for. This can have severe consequences not only for your oral health but your overall wellbeing too.
A missing tooth can, for instance, place undue stress and wear on your remaining teeth, as they are required to compensate for those that have been lost. In time, this can also lead to your remaining teeth shift into the space of the missing tooth, which will impact on your bite and ability to chew food properly. Cosmetic dentistry in the form of dental implants can provide an effective solution to this problem.
Avoid gum disease and bone loss
If your remaining teeth to move as a result of a missing tooth, this can make you more susceptible to gum disease. This is because maintaining effective oral hygiene can become more difficult, leading to a build-up of plaque which is the major cause of gum disease.
Furthermore, if a missing tooth is not replaced, the bone that surrounds it can become weaker, and this can create severe periodontal problems that may require invasive and complicated dental surgery to rectify.
You can chew and eat properly
If you have missing teeth, you can find it difficult to chew certain types of food properly, such as red meat or crunchy fruit and vegetables. This not only limits the number and type of foods you are able to enjoy to the full but can also impact on your health and nutrition, as difficulties in chewing often lead people to choose softer, processed foods that are ultimately not as healthy or beneficial. Tooth replacement means that you can continue to eat all types of food without concern.
In addition, the proper chewing of food is essential to a healthy digestion, and also reduces the risk of choking on food that hasn’t been masticated sufficiently well. If this is a concern, our affordable dental implants can get you back on the road to enjoying your favourite foods once more.
Speak clearly again
Our teeth play an important role in our ability to form and pronounce words and so, depending on where it is located, a missing tooth can impact on your ability to speak clearly and coherently. Replacing a missing tooth through dental implant surgery means that you can always be confident in your ability to communicate clearly.
Get back your healthy, happy smile
For many people, missing teeth can reduce confidence as they feel embarrassed about any visible gaps in their smile. A tooth implant for teeth that have been lost or removed means that you can feel happy and secure in your smile once more.
How dental implants work
Dental implants provide an effective, natural-looking solution for teeth that have been lost or removed.
Essentially, a dental implant is an artificial tooth that consists of a rod that acts as a root and which is implanted into the jaw bone, and a crown which is then attached to it. The crown is made from an extremely strong biocompatible material that enables your new tooth to function in the exactly the same way as a natural tooth and so there is no need to make any compensations for it in terms of food choice, etc. An artificial tooth crown is also very natural looking and impossible to tell apart from your other teeth.
In time, the artificial tooth root fuses with the jaw bone (in a process known as osseointegration), and so in most cases, a properly fitted tooth implant will last a lifetime.
Dental implant procedure
The first stage of dental implant surgery involves inserting a metal rod (effectively an artificial root) into the jawbone. A small metal screw or cylinder is then connected to this rod to provide additional support, and to which your tooth implant is subsequently attached.
Dental implant surgery can be performed in one session, although in some cases it requires a two-step procedure. In the first, the metal rod is implanted into the jawbone and remains unexposed below the gum line until it has had time to heal. The metal securing post an artificial crown is then added to a second surgery.
The dental implant procedure (which generally only requires sedation) is painless and causes little or no discomfort. This form of tooth replacement is suitable for adults of all ages and there are no restrictions in terms of medical history.
The benefits of dental implants
There are numerous benefits to having dental implants to replace lost or extracted teeth.
First of all, dental implants look and feel natural, and they work in exactly the same way as your natural teeth. This means you will not only be able to smile again with confidence and speak more clearly but with this form of cosmetic dentistry you can also return to eating and chewing foods that previously may have caused you difficulties.
Dental implants are also strong and secure so that you don’t have the ongoing worry of their becoming dislodged or falling out. They are also very comfortable and so you are not conscious of them once they are in place.
In addition, undergoing dental implant surgery can help to improve your overall oral hygiene, and prevent the incursion of bone and gum disease.
Find out more about dental implants
At Australian Medical Travel, we offer a range of cost-effective options that enable you to have surgery for dental implants abroad.
We specialise in facilitating low-cost alternatives for dental implants overseas that let you enjoy a VIP experience at a fraction of the cost of domestic health care.
Get in touch to receive a free dental assessment and to learn more about our dental implant surgery services.