The Truth About Dental Implants
What you need to know
Often when someone is missing a tooth, they want something to replace it.
In recent times dental implants have become a common and popular choice.
At Dentists at Pymble, we often get asked what the hype about dental implants is all about and are they really as good as they are made out to be?
So, let’s start with understanding what a dental implant is.
A dental implant is now a commonly used way to reliably replace a missing tooth.
The process of putting dental implants is made up of stages. It starts with a metal post, often made from titanium, which is carefully positioned into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. The metal post fuses with the bone to create a stable platform that allows the fake tooth to be attached.
Sometimes multiple implants can be placed, creating a framework to replace more than one tooth, or to even hold a denture.
At Dentists at Pymble, we believe that a well-placed dental implant
should act and function as a natural tooth would.
This is what makes them so popular!
What are the benefits of dental implants?
With dental implants, we do not have to interfere with other teeth, unlike when we’re doing a dental bridge.
It is a fixed solution and works like a natural tooth, unlike a denture or plate, which is removable.
Did you also know that when there is a tooth missing, the bone around the area can start to shrink away? By having an implant, you are also helping to preserve the bone, which acts as a foundation for your teeth.
If I get an implant, will it be difficult to look after?
Unlike our natural teeth, dental implants are not at risk of dental decay. However, they need to be cleaned to help keep the bone and gums healthy.
This means brushing and cleaning in between the teeth is still a must!
If the gum and bone are not kept healthy, it can compromise the lifespan of the implant.
Does Dentists at Pymble do dental implants?
Yes! Dentists at Pymble is pleased to offer dental implants as one of our services available. We have been placing, maintaining, and caring for implants for many years.
So, if you are considering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, come in and speak to one of our friendly team members. At Dentists at Pymble, we like to take the time to discuss with you all your available options to replace a missing tooth. We can help guide you in deciding whether a dental implant is the right choice for you.
If you are considering options to replace a missing tooth, come in and see one of our friendly dentists. We can discuss with you all available treatment options and help you to make an informed decision if a dental implant is the right choice for you.
Once my implant is finished, do I need to go back to the dentist?
Absolutely! If you have a dental implant, it is very important to have routine dental check-ups and professional cleans. The Dentists at Pymble team of dentists [and dental hygienist] are all highly skilled in caring for dental implants and will be able to advise you how often you should attend. They will help to ensure that your implant is healthy and that any potential issues are detected early and treated.
Dental implants make a fantastic solution to replace missing teeth
and as long as you look after it, it will serve you well!
So, if you are missing a tooth and considering a dental implant, it is worth speaking to your dentist to see if it is the right option for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Dentists at Pymble team on 02 9488 7555. From everyone at Dentists at Pymble, thank you for reading this article today!
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