A Permanent Tooth Replacement Solution At Your Sydney Dental Clinic
When you lose a tooth, apart from being a traumatic experience, it can cause an unattractive gap between your teeth that can (over time) lead to other dental issues.
Tooth loss can happen at any time, at any age. From a wrestling accident with your kids or grandkids, to scoring a goal for your hockey team, or even when tripping while running up the stairs. Tooth loss can also occur from gum, tooth or bone infections and disease.
Problems When Losing a Tooth
If you don’t do anything after losing your tooth, the gap left behind can open you up to a host of oral health issues over time. None of which are fun to deal with.
Some of these include:
- Gum disease
- Gum injury
- Jaw bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Tooth misalignment
At TLC Dental, we believe in protecting the oral health of our patients. That’s why we offer quality dental implants: so that you can continue to live your best life after tooth loss, full smile and all.
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What Are Dental Implants?
To understand what a dental implant is, you first have to understand a little bit about how a tooth works. Read on below to learn more.
The crown represents the part of your teeth that you see when you smile. This is the layer of your tooth that makes up the pearly white cover of your teeth, otherwise known as the “crown” of the tooth.
Below your gums, each tooth has a “root” that extends into your jaw. The root anchors the tooth in your gums and carries nutrients from the rest of your body to your tooth. When you lose a tooth, you also lose the root, and the jawbone where your root once existed starts to deteriorate.
The Implant And New Root
To place a synthetic tooth in the new gap in your smile, then, we have to start by giving the new tooth its own root – an implant. Dental implants are posts made of titanium that function much like a tooth root would.
Creating a new root also helps stabilize your jaw and prevent bone loss. After the root is placed, an artificial tooth (to replace the “crown” part of your tooth) is created to complete the treatment. You can talk with your dentist about the types of artificial teeth available to place over your implant and complete your smile.
How Long Do Replacement Teeth Last?
Implants can last up to 25 years or longer, making them an effective long-term solution to difficulties caused by tooth loss. If you want to eliminate the inconvenience of coming back to the dentist every five or ten years to have your dental devices checked or replaced, an implant is a great alternative option.
Caring For Your New Teeth
You can care for an implant the same way you would care for your natural teeth: brush and floss twice a day, and come in for a thorough cleaning with a professional oral hygienist every 6 months. Some people keep a travel toothbrush or a small case of floss in their pocket or purse to quickly brush or floss after meals, too.
You can still eat all your favourite foods! From sticky caramel candies to crisp apples to tough steaks, nothing is off-limits as long as you’re keeping your teeth clean. Dental implants are secure and won’t slip or become dislodged.
What To Expect During the Procedure
During the first appointment, Dr. Hoffenberg will evaluate your gums and jaw to make sure they are strong enough to support an implant. If they are, you will be able to go ahead with treatment. If they’re not strong enough, Dr. Hoffenberg will recommend a treatment to strengthen your jaw and gums before going forward with the implant.
Getting the implant placed shouldn’t hurt; Dr. Hoffenberg will provide local anesthesia to numb the pain, so it’s easier even than removing a tooth. If you feel pain during the procedure, you should tell him so they can make sure you have complete numbing.
After the appointment, you’ll need a few months for your gums to heal before your new tooth can be placed. During this time, Dr. Hoffenberg can provide a temporary tooth to protect your gums. You may need to eat soft foods for the first few days, but should be able to eat a normal diet within a week or two (depending on how well your site heals).
Once your gums are healed, we will place the artificial tooth and complete your smile!
Great, what’s Next?
If you’ve lost a tooth and you’re interested in an implant, give us a call today. Dr. Hoffenberg will help you better understand your options, walk you through the implant process and answer any questions you might have. We’re a family friendly office that prides ourselves on treating patients with compassion, care and respect.
Great! Give us a call or drop us a line and we’ll set you up for a consultation. Let’s start you on the path to a brilliant, well-aligned smile!