The benefit of dental implants over other prosthetics
IF YOU'VE lost a few teeth (or think you're heading that way), then you're probably feeling a number of things, such as discomfort when you eat, embarrassment in public, fear of visiting the dentist and shame that you have let your teeth get to this state (hey, it happens to the best of us).
You might also be suffering from bad oral health due to tooth decay, as well as having difficulty speaking.
Unfortunately, if you don't do something to replace the missing teeth in the near future, you'll eventually start to lose jawbone density due to lack of bone stimulation.
This can cause your remaining teeth to become unstable and can eventually cause facial changes. Loss of jawbone density is unfortunately irreversible.
Prosthetic Teeth Options
There are a few options available for missing teeth, some more effective than others.
If any of your original tooth remains, the easiest method is for a dentist to build upon the tooth with the compound used in fillings.
The dentist will match this to your existing tooth colour and it's generally difficult to tell these are prosthetic; however, these repairs are only temporary, generally lasting around two years. They also require quite a large amount of remaining tooth.
Dentures are a great option, and these days they look good and feel comfortable; however, dentures are not fixed in place, so they can fall out unexpectedly and can make chewing particular foods difficult, if not impossible.
They do support surrounding teeth, but don't stimulate the jawbone, leading to loss of bone density.
Dental implants are definitely the most reliable and preferred tooth replacement prosthetic on the market today and there are many reasons why...
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are exactly what they sound like - prosthetic teeth that are implanted directly into your gum and jaw. They replace the lost root and crown of either one tooth or many and they look the most natural out of any other prosthetic option. Single implants generally consist of a dental crown, an abutment and an implant post.
For multiple teeth, there's a new technology created by Paulo Malo of the Malo Clinic (and only available there, or at a few other select dentists) that allow an entire set of teeth to be replaced using only four posts for an entire upper or lower jaw arch, called All-on-4 dental implants.
The process and materials used in dental implants give you benefits that no other prosthetic can offer you, so this method is truly the best option.
Why Dental Implants Are Better
The most obvious benefit of dental implants is this: other forms of tooth replacement simply aren't permanent, whereas dental implants will last you the rest of your life!
The reason for this is that the implant posts that anchor your dental implants are surgically implanted straight into the jawbone, so it acts like a natural tooth's root, but cannot decay or weaken over time.
The jawbone eventually fuses the post in place, making your implant even stronger. This is where another huge benefit becomes evident - dental implants prevent jawbone density loss! That's right, because the post causes jawbone stimulation, your bone density is preserved!
All-on-4 Solves the Jawbone Problem
What happens if your jawbone has already deteriorated though?
You can still receive dental implants, but you'll need a bone graft first, unless you're choosing All-on-4 Zygomatic dental implants.
Thankfully, this innovative new technology makes it possible for you to receive full arch dental implants, even if you've already lost some jawbone density.
This is achieved by implanting the entire arch onto four titanium posts. These are positioned in a way that allows them to anchor onto the existing jawbone and facial bone.
Unlike implants using bone grafting, the whole All-on-4 process can be completed over only one to two days, which is amazing.
It's not hard to see why dental implants are so popular. They're low-fuss, naturally comfortable, realistic, strong, reliable and can last a lifetime.
If you choose to have dental implants placed at Malo Dental clinic, you'll have the option of paying with an affordable payment plan, which makes the procedure even more appealing and will allow you to smile brightly once again.
To find out more, visit www.maloclinicsydney.com.au