Missing Teeth? Consider Dental Implants

Having damaged or missing teeth doesn’t just affect an individual’s self-confidence, it can also contribute to the development of serious oral health issues. Having a full set of teeth allows us to consume a nutritious and varied diet, and it also ensures our jaw and neighbouring teeth remain in optimal condition. If you’ve recently lost a tooth, it’s worth visiting Glowing Smiles Dental to enquire about replacement options such as dental implants. Here’s a brief overview of the importance of replacing missing teeth. 

How are Teeth Lost? 

Most commonly, teeth are lost due to one of the following reasons: 

  • Tooth decay 
  • Facial trauma 
  • Gum disease 

It is important to remember that teeth are embedded within the jawbone. Chewing and eating are two daily activities which help to stimulate the jawbone, and having missing teeth may cause the alveolar bone (which anchors the teeth) to start resorbing due to lack of stimulation. This could eventually result in an altered facial appearance and jaw weakness. 

Having missing teeth can also cause excessive wear and tear to neighbouring teeth, in addition to making the teeth and gums more vulnerable to decay and infection. The gap can also cause neighbouring teeth to shift, causing issues with your bite. 

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants 

It’s always best to replace a missing tooth as early as possible, as this will help to restore confidence and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Dental implants are a very successful treatment option for most individuals, and they offer the following benefits. 

  • Improved Appearance – one of the first things people notice about others is their smile, and dental implants can restore a happy, healthy smile which you can feel proud about. 
  • Improved Oral Health – Reduce your risk of experiencing bone loss or having remaining teeth shift out of place. You will also be able to enjoy a wide and varied diet without discomfort or difficulty when chewing. 
  • Natural Speech – Enjoy clear, natural speech. 
  • Durable and Easy to Care For – With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. 

Who is Eligible for Dental Implants? 

Most people with a fully developed and healthy jawbone are eligible for dental implants, and suitability will be determined during the initial consultation. It is also important that you have healthy gums.  

People who smoke, have gum disease, are heavy drinkers, frequently use antibiotics or have diabetes may not be suitable for dental implants, and in this case an alternative tooth replacement option will be proposed and discussed. 

How Long does the Process Take? 

From initial consultation to being fitted with dental implants can take up to 6-9 months. Initially, X-rays and CT scans will be taken to determine implant placement. After the implant has been fitted to the jawbone, you will need to allow 3-6 months for the osseointegration and healing process. The abutment will then be placed, and a dental crown fixed to the implant. 

Whilst dental implants can be expensive, they offer natural looking results and have a success rate of over 95%. Providing care guidelines are followed, it is possible for dental implants to last a lifetime. 

Restore Your Smile – Contact Glowing Smiles Dental Today 

If you have one or more missing teeth, rest assured that Glowing Smiles Dental have a solution for restoring your smile. Protect your dental health and smile with confidence, contact us today to book a consultation. We look forward to assisting you.