Have you a gap in your smile because you’ve lost an adult tooth? Do you want the most durable and life lasting tooth replacement option? Dental implants may be the answer.
Dr Chris Lauf, provides high quality dental implants in Aspley, Brisbane to restore the function and aesthetics of your mouth. Generally, dental implants are placed in two phases. At Smile Central we conduct all treatment phases in-house including surgical placement, bone grafting, final crown seating and ongoing active maintenance.
What is a dental implant
Dental implants are an advanced dental restoration treatment to repair the strength, function and visual appeal of a mouth which has suffered from the detrimental effects of tooth loss.
Dental implants are fixtures attached to the jaw-bone at the site of tooth loss, using medical-grade, biocompatible titanium. These implants are used to anchor and support a replacement tooth, such as bridges and dentures. They provide a solid and reliable restoration that will permanently support the jaw with the correct pressure to maintain optimal jaw health. Patients no longer need to rely on potentially uncomfortable or problematic means of tooth replacement such as traditional dentures. In comparison to these alternative treatments, dental implants provide a much more permanent, hassle free, natural and durable replacement.
The dental implant process
Dr Lauf assesses patients for suitability, considering their oral health, jaw-bone density and whether dental implants are the best treatment option. He is able to perform bone grafting in appropriate cases, where the insufficient bone would preclude placement of an implant.
If a patient is a candidate for dental implants, the next step involves embedding the titanium fixture in the site of tooth loss. Over the course of several months, the implant ‘root’ is positioned within the jaw to fuse with the surrounding bone. This process known as osseointegration enables the natural teeth to strengthen and accept the dental implant rod.
Once the bone adequately fuses with the titanium implant, we begin the stage of gently reopening the gum tissue and positioning a post into the root. The final stage of the procedure is positioning the artificial crown or restoration onto the post for a seamless dental appearance and function. You can now enjoy your transformed smile.
Why replace a missing tooth?
Tooth loss can have a detrimental effect on your overall self-confidence and oral and general health.
When you lose an adult tooth, the jaw bone previously supporting the root is no longer functioning and will begin to recede. This change in bone structure will affect the facial muscles and cause a hollow, aged appearance. Your speech and ability to chew can also be affected.
Other effects of a missing tooth:
- Affecting the natural performance and function
- Movement of adjacent teeth
- Increase chance to develop decay and gum disease with a difficult cleaning routine
- Places strain on remaining teeth, resulting in permanent damage or increased wear
- Affects the function of joints and surrounding muscles