If you are dealing with a lost tooth, you are far from alone. According to a report on oral health and dental care in Australia released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the average Australian age 15 and over was missing 5 teeth. Of course, those figures increase with age. Those in the 15-24 age group were missing 2 teeth on average, while those in the 65 and over age group averaged almost 12 per person.
While dentures and dental bridges were the only options available at one time, dental implants now offer an alternative solution. What are dental implants? What are some of the benefits of this method of dental restoration? Let’s consider these questions.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants involve posts (made from titanium and other metals) that are attached to the jawbone. Replacement teeth can then be crafted and mounted to the implant with a screw. Thus, implants don’t have the tendency to shift around in the mouth like dentures do. Because of this, many patients find that implants are easier to chew with and may help a person to speak more naturally. Also, since implants are connected directly to the jaw, the surrounding teeth don’t have to be ground down to attach a dental bridge. This helps to preserve the teeth surrounding the lost tooth. With proper care, implants may last 10 to 20 years.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The magazine HealthAfter50 commented on the benefits of dental implants, some of which we have already touched on. Additional benefits include the fact that implants both look and function more like real teeth than other replacement options. They do not create the clicking sound that dentures do, and are easier to speak and eat with. Plus, since implants are actually attached to the bone, the additional bone loss that usually follows a missing tooth may be avoided.
Please keep in mind that you may have to get preapproval in order for dental implants to be covered by insurance. Also, jawbone health is an important factor in whether an implant withhold. Thus, this may not be a viable option for heavy smokers or others who suffer from lower bone density.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
To learn more and find out if dental implants are the right option for you, schedule a consultation with our office by calling 02 8399 3661, or you can make an appointment online.
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