Unless you have been living on a deserted island, it is likely that you have heard about oral implants.
An ingenious creation of modern dentists, oral implants combine both cosmetic advantages with restorative benefits, to leave those who have them fitted with a suitable alternative to dentures.
A process that is typically spread over six months, the fitting of oral implants is a fairly straightforward procedure, causing little to no discomfort for the person having them fitted.
Selected based on the strength and quality of the jawbone, implants are attached to the jaw firmly and are left for a period of up to six months, to allow the bone to grow around them. When this is deemed a success by the dental team, the new teeth or tooth (the prosthesis) is attached to the external part of the implant and the procedure is complete.
There are many advantages to having dental implants in Melbourne, or indeed, any other city across Australia and the world, the best of which have been listed below.
Once the go-to and indeed the gold standard of restoring teeth, dentures have their limitations.
Many users report that after the initial fitting, dentures can become poorly fitted, causing them to come loose and rub against the gum line.
This is not only a nuisance in relation to eating, but can cause friction and soreness on the gum, which can lead to ulcers and infections. As implants are fitted to the jaw and secured by bone growth, they do not come loose and so, any prosthetic placed on them will not cause discomfort by rubbing.
As mentioned before, oral implants offer those fitted a higher level of security than traditional dentures, or even fitted braces.
There is no adhesive required to hold them in place and as such, there is no fiddling to position them correctly or waiting for the adhesive to set. They will not fall out while the wearer is eating, laughing or engaging in any other activity using their teeth, providing a higher level of confidence and security.
As implants feel like real teeth and are immovable, they also provide a much stronger bite.
Alongside offering better precision, this enables the wearer to consume food that was once tougher to handle with dentures or missing teeth, such as apples and corn on the cob.
They will not become damaged under pressure and can handle biting through almost anything!
Once fitted, many wearers of implants forget that they have them.
For one thing, they are maintained in the same way as natural teeth; a simple brush and floss twice a day with biannual dental check-ups are all they need to stay in top shape.
There are no special gels or adhesives required to keep them functional and so, the wearer is given the freedom to carry on as normal. Brilliant!
There are many more advantages to having oral implants fitted, these are just the top ones reported by wearers. Contact your dentist for more information.
All dental treatments carry potential risks. This article is not a substitute for a check-up with your dental practitioner.