All you need to know about dental implants
Dental Implants Melbourne
In this page you can find all about dental implants. Implants are great way of replacing missing teeth without disturbing the existing neighboring teeth. They have become a relatively routine procedure in modern society and we have been offering teeth replacement with this technique for many years. However, the decision to replace missing or hopelessly damaged teeth with implants is rarely taken lightly.
Top ten reasons for tooth loss
There are many reasons why you could lose your teeth and old age isn’t one of them. Here are some of them:
- Bad oral hygiene causes acid producing bacteria to accumulate (plaque) on your teeth surface which cause cavities in your teeth by demineralising the tooth enamel. It also causes periodontal disease which destroys supporting tissues such as ligaments and bones. This can lead to loss of teeth.
- Even after you maintain good oral hygiene you will still need to visit your dentist once in six months. Irregular dental check-ups may cause a few tell-tale signs of impending tooth loss to go unnoticed.
- Not getting teeth with caries treated can worsen the condition over time. It may irritate the inner pulp of your teeth leading to the death of the pulp tissue and pus formation around the roots of the teeth. In severe cases your dentist may not be able to save your teeth.
- Poor nutrition with lack of certain nutrients in your diet can decrease your mouth’s resistance to infection. Decreased calcium intake affect tooth retention and has been associated with increased risk of tooth loss. Additionally, diets rich in sugar, carbohydrates and acids damage your teeth and gums
- Have you ever had your tooth ‘knocked out’ from a fall during your childhood? Even if the tooth does not fall off due to trauma, it may cause root fracture which may develop infection months or years later. The infection may cause the root to resorb and subsequently cause loss of tooth.
- Tooth grinding (bruxism) can wear down or chip your teeth and put excess force on the tissues supporting the teeth ultimately causing bone loss. Once your teeth lose their supporting bone, they become mobile and fall off.
- Not replacing lost teeth can cause a chain of events that can damage other teeth. When a tooth is lost, it causes the bone surrounding it to resorb. If the lost teeth are not replaced the opposite and the adjacent teeth get displaced into the empty space and cause gum problems which ultimately lead to the loss of other teeth.
- Not correcting malocclusions (improper position of teeth) can also cause tooth loss. If your teeth are not well aligned, it is very difficult to effectively clean them. Such teeth become more prone to tartar deposits leading to gum and periodontal problems which are major causes of tooth loss.
- The ill effects of smoking and drinking alcohol are well known. According to researchers, smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers! Smoking or using smokeless tobacco, alcohol increase your risk of developing gum disease which in turn can lead to tooth loss.
- Diabetes reduces your body’s immunity which in turn increases plaque formation. Gum disease can happen more often, be more severe, and take longer to heal. In advanced stages of gum disease there is loss of bone and connective tissue in the mouth, which results in tooth loss.
How Implants Work
Dr. Nupur Kataria practices with the philosophy of a conservative, minimally invasive and gentle approach in treating his patients. He also believes in educating patients about their dental needs and good oral hygiene, as maintenance of their teeth and implants are vital for a successful long term periodontal and implant treatment. Dr. Kataria’s calm and smooth chair-side manner is known to relax his patients and make them feel at ease when it is time to receive dental therapy.
Dental implants replace missing teeth, and the design of a dental implant is based on the structure of a natural tooth. A natural tooth is one piece commonly described as having two main parts: One part is the crown that sits above the gums. The second part is a root that sits securely in your jawbone.
A dental implant treatment may involved several pieces. However, it may also be described as having two main parts. One part is a restoration that is custom fabricated to match the shape of a natural tooth crown. The second part is the implant that replaces the function of a natural tooth root. Implants are made of titanium or titanium alloy. Unlike most materials, our body normally accepts titanium without infection.
PRESERVES STRUCTURE OF ADJACENT DENTAL TEETH
The dental implants are a free standing replacement option of missing teeth. The adjacent teeth remain untouched and this is in a stark contrast to other traditional treatment options such as fixed dental bridges. In a fixed bridge considerable grinding and cutting of the adjacent teeth is required to place the crowns supporting the artificial teeth.
NEXT BEST THING TO HEALTHY, NATURAL TEETH
Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions almost like a natural tooth. Other options can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life.
IMPLANTS ARE A LONG-TERM SOLUTION
While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last indefinitely when properly placed and cared for over time.
ENJOY LIFE WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT YOUR TEETH!
No need to feel uncomfortable in public, embarrassed because your smile looks different, or worrying that missing teeth will limit your ability to join in the fun. Teeth restored with implants are teeth that let you, not your teeth, lead your life.
RETAIN YOUR NATURAL FACE SHAPE, AND SMILE
A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile so that you can confidently enjoy the life.
KEEP YOUR TEETH IN YOUR MOUTH – NOT IN A CUP
Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. And no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out. You could brush, floss and care for implants the same you would do with natural teeth.
Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. Not so with dental implants, which function like natural teeth. Soon after they feel naturally the part of your mouth.
EAT YOUR FAVORITE FOODS
Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can experience the full taste of the food you eat with implants, too.
PROTECT YOUR HEALTHY TEETH
Dental implants go in the jawbone, in the spot where your missing tooth root was, without impacting healthy teeth. They also help prevent healthy, adjacent teeth from shifting as they would if an empty space were left for an extended period of time.
A PREDICTABLE RESTORATIVE METHOD
Dental implant treatment has a track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes and is often considered a predictable treatment option.
Dental Implant FAQ
No, the dental implant procedure is quite painless once the local anesthesia take effect.
As there are no open wounds after implant surgery, the healing is quite uneventful. Some minor discomfort like pain and swelling is expected but it is managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen or similar medication. Generally dental implant procedure is very well tolerated and the pain experienced is not unlike one faced after other dental procedures such as fillings and extractions. Once the anesthesia take effect, patients do not feel any pain. After the procedure, pain relief medications such as Panadol is prescribed at regular intervals.
It depends on the number and location of the implants, but simple, uncomplicated dental implant placement usually takes about an hour.
Soon after implant surgery, the patients are advised to avoid eating hot food until anesthesia wears away. It’s generally advisable to avoid chewing from the side of the surgery. A good rule of thumb is to eat soft, nutritious foods and keep well hydrated. Your periodontist will recommend a diet and instructions on how to care for your new implants during healing.
The entire process usually takes about three to nine months, depending on your treatment plan. There are two main phases: First the implants have to heal by fusing to the bone, and then the tooth replacement restorations have to be fabricated and attached.
Once a dental implant has fused to the bone successfully and it is functional, it should last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have now been in place for more than 40 years.
Rejection of dental implants because of an allergy to titanium is extraordinarily rare, but it can happen. Occasionally an implant also doesn’t “take” or fuse to the bone the first time, either because it develops a capsule of fibrous tissue around it instead of fusing to the bone, or it gets infected. In either case it is simply removed and the site is allowed to heal. Then your surgeon can place another implant, which will integrate with the bone normally.
Expense is always relative. For example, dental implants may be a little more expensive than fixed bridgework to place initially, but since they last so much longer, over time they are much more cost-effective.