Dental Implants, Crowns and Bridges in Brisbane
When most people in Brisbane think of missing teeth, they likely picture the cosmetic impacts, a gap that becomes visible when you smile or open your mouth. But when a tooth is lost, it's more than just unsightly; it can have an outsized impact on your health. For one, a missing tooth, especially in the back of your mouth, can compromise your ability to chew the foods whose nutrition is vital to your longevity and well-being.
Here are other adverse health impacts of lost teeth which have yet to be replaced:
- Speech impediment – because the position of your tongue depends so much on your teeth, loss of a particular tooth can result in the development of a lisp or other problems talking.
- Threat to adjoining teeth – the gap left by a missing tooth draws the adjoining teeth towards it, which may begin to lean and eventually become misaligned, leading to issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism.
- Bone loss – one lesser-known function of intact and healthy teeth is chewing pressure promotes bone regeneration in your jaw. When that pressure is absent, you may experience bone loss, complicating many tooth replacement procedures.
- Facial changes – along with potential bone loss, missing teeth may cause facial sagging and other changes in the soft tissue around your mouth.
However, at Edward St Dental, Dr Matthew Pulvirenti and his team want you to know many options exist to replace missing teeth. So whether you've lost only a single tooth or several teeth, you don't have to live with the discomfort, embarrassment, and other potential problems they cause. Let us help guide you towards the best possible tooth replacement option for you.
Dental Implants and How They Work
Dental implants are widely becoming the benchmark standard for tooth replacement in today's leading dental technology. The main benefits are that they address the problems associated with missing teeth and have excellent durability and longevity.
If you're interested in replacing missing teeth, it's essential to understand how a dental implant works. So first, we divide its structure into three distinct parts: the implant screw (root), the implant abutment, and then the restoration, which may be a dental crown, bridge, or even a denture.
The artificial root resembles a screw, forming the implant foundation placed into the bone. This portion is made from titanium which is strong and highly biocompatible, meaning that bodily rejection of surgically implanted titanium is very rare.
The implant-abutment connects the root and the restoration. We offer abutments in various forms depending on the restoration our dentist's plan to use. For example, we design an abutment for a dental crown that looks and works like the original tooth for a single tooth implant. But if your treatment plan calls for replacing a series of teeth, your abutment can work to attach the root to an impact-support bridge or denture. Our team will work with you to ensure you decide on the restoration that fits your needs.
The visible portion of your dental implant is the restoration. We will tailor this part of your tooth replacement using our extensive chairside CEREC crown production. By the end of the process, you can feel assured that we will monitor and help you maintain your restoration, so it lasts for years with the proper care.
The Dental Implant Process
When addressing your missing teeth, our first step is an exam and consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for any implant scenario. If so, we will refer you to a trusted local specialist who performs the surgical aspects of the process, which they usually perform in-house in about an hour. In some cases, your specialist will also perform a bone graft to ensure your jaw can support the artificial root.
After surgery, you will allow several weeks and up to six months for the artificial root to heal and become integrated into your actual jawbone in a process called osseointegration. When the bone has grown entirely around your root, then it will be strong enough to support your restoration.
When osseointegration is complete, you will return to Edward St Dental to have your particular restoration attached and checked for fit. Dr Pulvirenti's team of professionals can help make sure your restoration fits and functions well while looking and feeling great.
We Invite You to Learn More about Dental Implants in Brisbane
Among the breakthroughs in modern dentistry is the multitude of tooth replacement options available. The team at Edward St Dental wants you to know that missing teeth don't have to spoil your quality of life.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, we encourage you to call our Brisbane dental clinic to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. Then, a new life with a complete smile is at your reach.