Dental implants replace missing teeth with artificial ones, all while maintaining the seamless, natural look of your teeth. It involves surgically placing a titanium or titanium ‘root’ into the jawbone, which serves as a strong and durable foundation for attaching replacement teeth.
When you’re missing teeth, it becomes more difficult to properly chew with your remaining teeth, which can lead to problems with digestion.
Your teeth actually play a very important role in your speech. When you’re missing teeth, you’ll find that it will affect your ability to communicate with clarity.
Over time, adjacent teeth may gradually shift into gaps left by your missing teeth. This can lead to misalignment, bite problems and an increased risk of developing crooked teeth.
The roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbone, ensuring that its strength and density is maintained. However, when you lose your teeth, this lack of stimulation can lead to bone loss in the jaw. Overtime, your jawbone may weaken and your facial appearance may change.
The gum surrounding the gap left behind by your missing teeth becomes more susceptible to gum disease and other problems. This exposed gum can also end up receding, making the adjacent teeth also susceptible to decay.
Remaining teeth will have to bear a greater load when chewing food since you’re missing teeth. This increased pressure can lead to lots of wear and tear on the remaining teeth, potentially causing them to weaken and fracture.
It can be quite the challenge to clean properly when you have gaps between your teeth. Food particles and bacteria accumulate in these areas, increasing the risk of cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
Changes in your bite can lead to temporomandibular joint issues, causing discomfort, pain and makes it difficult to close and open your mouth.
Multiple missing teeth can lead to a sunken or collapsed appearance of the face, contributing to an aged look.
Dental implant placement involves a surgical procedure where the implant post is inserted into the jawbone. After a healing period, during which the implant fuses with the bone, an abutment and a custom-made replacement tooth are attached to the implant.
The implant placement procedure is typically performed under sedation, ensuring minimal discomfort during the surgery. Some mild discomfort and swelling can be expected after the surgery, but it can be managed with pain medications prescribed by your dentist.
Yes, dental implants are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. They are customised to match the colour, shape, and size of your existing teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural appearance.
The entire dental implant process can take a few months to a year, depending on factors such as healing time, the need for bone grafting, and the complexity of your case. This includes the initial consultation, implant placement, healing period, and placement of the final restoration.
The cost of dental implants at Everton Park depends on your own personal case. If you’re concerned about the cost of your dental implants treatment, consult with one of our dentists at the clinic, so we can help discuss your budget with you.
Yes, dental implants require regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups, similar to natural teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to prevent issues like gum disease and ensure the longevity of your implants.