DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQs
Do you have missing or broken down teeth or uncomfortable dentures and not sure about dental implants? Aria Dental Perth answers 10 dental implant FAQs to assist you in making an informed decision about your dental implant options.
Dental implants can be placed in most adults, provided the growth of the jaw is complete and they are in good health to undergo a surgical procedure. Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, however if you have been missing your teeth for many years and the bone has resorbed, bone grafting or augmentation may be required. The best candidates have healthy gum tissue that is free of periodontal disease. There are some medical conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis, as well as smoking that may need to be addressed prior to implant treatment.
- The formal qualifications, experience and expertise of the dental surgeon.
- The type of dental implant used. Not all implants are the same!
- The equipment and facilities used to perform the procedure.
- The skill of the dental technician in fabricating the dental implant prosthesis.
- The dental laboratory and materials used to fabricate the dental implant prosthesis.
Careful consideration needs to be made when determining where to have your dental implant treatment. There should be very little or no compromise in terms of the quality of the materials used.
When considering costs, it is also important to consider the “biological cost” of dental treatment, that is, the biological impact it has on the tooth and the likelihood of needing future treatment. The biological cost of having a denture or a tooth-supported bridge is far greater than that of an implant, and when this is taken into consideration, the dental implant is much more cost-effective.
As with any surgery you may experience some swelling and discomfort afterwards, which is perfectly normal. Appropriate analgesics and medications will be provided to ensure your comfort during the healing phase.
Dental implants need to be adequately cleaned and maintained just like your natural teeth. Although they are not subject to dental cavities, they can develop gum inflammation and even infection and bone loss if not properly cared for. Brushing and flossing around your dental implants is extremely important. In addition to daily home care, it is important to maintain your regular visits to your dentist who will be able to review and ensure the surrounding gums and bone remain healthy.
- Infection at the implant site.
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels.
- Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin.
- Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities.
There are also a number of risk factors that may increase the risk of implant failure such as smoking and periodontal disease. It is important to discuss any general medical conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis with your dental surgeon prior to commencing dental implant treatment.
Optimal home care and professional maintenance will also reduce the risk of any future complications or infection with your dental implant so they can last you a lifetime!
When you have missing teeth, the bone does not have a function and is not stimulated. This results in the jawbone becoming weaker and shrinking in size. This can affect the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged. The placement of dental implants can significantly reduce this process, maintain the natural bone structure and therefore restore your facial features.
Dentures can make you feel and look older than you are, cause embarrassment in social situations when they become loose and click, and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably. They are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear, making it difficult to speak and eat with confidence. Dentures also do not provide enough stimulation to the jawbone which results in increased bone loss in the area where teeth are missing.