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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are one of the best available treatments for missing teeth. When a tooth is removed, both the visible part of the tooth and the root are lost. This can cause additional health issues on top of restricting the types of foods you can eat and affecting your ability to enjoy a bright, healthy smile.

Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in the jawbone, which fuse with the bone and serve as a strong foundation for a replacement ceramic tooth. Dental implants are suitable for all ages and a variety of situations where a tooth or multiple teeth are missing due to injury, disease or decay. Here’s all you need to know about getting dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the closest possible alternative to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to eat, smile, laugh and talk with ease and confidence. They are much more comfortable and easy to maintain compared to dentures. You care for them just as you would your normal teeth, by brushing and flossing. They also don’t cause any wear and tear on surrounding teeth.

Dental implants also last far longer than bridges or dentures and prevent bone loss that can often occur from having missing teeth. Dental implants look great, are very comfortable and can be used exactly like normal teeth. This means you can eat whatever you like without any issues, as the implants are capable of withstanding hard foods.

Dental Implant Procedure

The procedure for getting dental implants varies depending on the amount of teeth being replaced. The procedure may begin with a tooth extraction if you have a dead or damaged tooth that needs to be removed. The implant post is then placed in your jawbone and covered while the bone fuses to it. Once the implant is fused to the bone (which takes between 3 to 9 months), a ceramic tooth is attached.

The procedure may sound intimidating but your dentist will ensure you are relaxed and won’t feel a thing using anaesthetic. The healing process is also very quick and any soreness or discomfort felt after the procedure is easily managed using over-the-counter painkillers. There’s basically no need to change or take breaks from your regular work or lifestyle. Dental implants have been used for over 30 years and are one of the safest, most effective and most predictable dental procedures carried out.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Caring for your new dental implants is just like caring for natural teeth. Simply make sure you brush twice a day, floss daily and have regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Dental implants that are well maintained should last a lifetime. Remember that while replacement teeth are immune to cavities, they can still experience wear and tear. Cleaning plaque off them is also important for preventing other dental health issues like gum disease and abscesses.

Book a Dental Appointment in North Lakes Today

For more information about getting dental implants and to find out if they’re right for you, consult the experienced team at Mango Hill Dental. We provide a wide range of restorative, preventative and cosmetic dentistry services in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Contact us today to book an appointment today at our clinic in North Lakes.