Do I need a dental Implant?
Dental implant replaces one or more teeth that have been removed due to decay, gum disease or any other mouth diseases. Here are some circumstances when dental implants are indicated:
Missing one tooth in between healthy adjacent teeth (Single Edentulism)
Single tooth is missing in between two healthy teeth. Instead of having a fixed bridge, you may opt to have a dental implant placed to prevent the need to reshape the healthy teeth.
Missing more than two molars or back teeth (Partial Edentulism)
The back teeth (molars) are often the first teeth lost as a result of decay. Conventionally, if almost all the back teeth are missing without adjacent teeth on both sides, there is no other way but to replace it with a partial denture. With dental implants, more than one tooth can be replaced all at the same time without the need for a natural tooth’s support.
Instead of having a full removable denture, an implant-supported prosthesis can be an excellent choice.
What options do I have in terms of Dental Implants?
Depending on which teeth you are missing, where they are located, and the state of your jaw, nearby teeth etc, there are many options available to you. At Milltown Dental Clinic we offer a free consultation, to ensure you are fully informed on your current options, and can make an educated decision on what is right for you. Below are some of the Dental implant types
- Front tooth implant
- Back tooth implant
- Full Arch Dental Implants
- All on 4 Dental Implants
- Dental Implants with Bone Grafting
- Extraction + Immediate Implant Reconstruction
The hidden benefits of Dental Implants
Apart from the obvious aesthetic benefit of a Dental Implant, there are a wide range of secondary benefits that should be considered. Missing a tooth in your mouth can have a lot of negative effects on your dental and general health. Here are some of the benefits of Dental Implants.
- Decreased risk of endodontic problems to adjacent teeth. A fixed bridge requires removal of tooth structure to adjacent teeth while a dental implant would not need to prepare the adjacent teeth.
- Decreased risk of caries of adjacent teeth. Dental implant restores normal tooth contact with an adjacent natural tooth which improves the ability to clean the sides of it such as flossing.
- Improved aesthetics. Dental implant replicates the appearance of a natural tooth.
- Improved maintenance of bone in the toothless site. If you lose a tooth, the bone around the hole starts to degenerate slowly changing the shape of your jaw. A shrunken jaw makes you appear decades older. However, placing a dental implant in the toothless site can stimulate bone growth and preserves the loss of more bone
- Improved function. Unlike removable prosthesis which has chances of getting dislodged, dental implants are fixed. A fixed prosthesis makes it easier to speak and chew. Thus they function better