Dental Implants Mullumbimby
Replace missing teeth with a natural-looking, durable dental implant.
Missing teeth can seriously impact not only the appearance of your smile, but also your ability to chew and speak properly. A dental implant is a long-term solution for your missing teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently fixed into the mouth so that they look and feel like your real teeth. If you suffer from a missing tooth, or teeth, a dental implant might be the right option for you.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is permanently fixed into the mouth that looks and functions like a natural tooth. The process involves an artificial tooth root being placed into the jawbone where the natural tooth is missing. This root is made from a biocompatible titanium material, and when it has been properly placed into the site, the jawbone gradually forms an extremely strong bond that ensures the longevity of your dental implant. Once the brief healing period is over, a prosthetic tooth, sometimes called a crown, will be attached. This tooth will be specially designed to match the look and feel of the surrounding teeth so that your smile is seamless. The tooth looks and feels completely natural, and though it is impervious to decay, you will still need to brush and floss the teeth properly to prevent the build-up of plaque.
What are the benefits of having a dental implant?
Dental implants can be a fantastic option for anyone who suffers from missing teeth. Dental implants can be beneficial as they:
- Offer a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Are fixed into the mouth so there is no need to deal with dentures or denture adhesive.
- Help to protect the health of your jawbone, and prevent bone loss.
- Help to restore the function of your missing teeth – particularly with chewing and speaking.
- Restore the appearance of your smile.
- Dental implants don’t require the support of surrounding teeth so no other parts of the mouth are affected.
Who is a candidate for a dental implant?
The main requirement for a dental implant is for there to be one or more missing teeth. The only other requirement that needs to be investigated before the implant can be fitted is to check if the patient has enough healthy jawbone to support the implant. If there is not enough healthy jawbone, the patient can undergo bone grafting.