Healthy Dentistry

Implants and Replacements

Do you have missing teeth? Are they affecting your confidence? Whether you are after implants, bridges, or dentures, we have a solution for you. Contact our friendly team at Healthy Dentistry, Brisbane on (07) 3210 2055 for a consultation today.

Solutions for missing teeth

When your natural teeth are severely deteriorated or missing, you would need to carefully consider the teeth replacement options that are available. The only choices you had in the past was between a bridge or denture. Modern advances in dental technology have gifted mankind a stable and natural teeth replacement alternative in dental implants. Given that today’s bridges and dentures can also be customised to fit comfortably and look natural, you have no lack of good solutions to address your tooth loss problem.

Dental implants

Over the last decade, dental implants have truly emerged as the preferred restorative treatment of choice. Dental implants are small “root-like” posts that are inserted into the patient’s jawbone to replace the tooth roots.

Integrated as part of the jawbone through a biological process known as osseointegration, implants provide a very stable teeth replacement option. Not only do implants help to stabilize your facial structure, they also prevent gum recession and bone loss – nasty side effects of the edentulous (tooth loss) condition.

Dental implants are strategically placed in the bone using an advanced surgical procedure. Following the surgery, the implants are left undisturbed for a period to allow healing. During the process, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue to form a permanent support structure for the replacement tooth. Each implant is then attached to a small connector – known as an abutment – that fastens the prosthetic tooth or set of teeth into position.

One of the biggest attractions that this permanent restorative treatment provides is that it simulates the look and feel of real teeth. Unlike removable dentures – that may be ill-fitting if not properly customized – the implant-supported prosthetics fit perfectly into the gaps and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your existing teeth.

Not only are implant-supported artificial teeth barely distinguishable from your natural teeth, they feel and function like real teeth. The breakthrough method in which implants are fused to the jawbone provides such unprecedented support that they totally restore the biting and chewing functions. You won’t have to remove them for cleaning or eating certain types of food. They will never slip or slide the way some removable dentures do – thus avoiding any potentially embarrassing moments.

Despite the cost of implant surgery being considerably higher than getting a new bridge or denture, dental implants continue to grow in popularity as a procedure for replacing lost teeth. If properly maintained, implants have been known to last a lifetime. Research has shown that properly maintained implant-supported restorations can last for more than 30 years. If you spread the financial investment over the life of the restoration, dental implants actually represent long-term savings.

Dentures

There are many types of dentures that you can consider when looking for a substitute for your missing teeth.

Full or complete dentures are recommended for the replacements of an entire set of teeth. Standard dentures boast superior retentive strength and stability by spreading its load across a large surface area – namely the roof of the mouth – against which it is placed.

Partial dentures are recommended for the replacement of one or a few missing teeth. Depending on your individual needs, you may require either a fixed or removable type of partial denture.

Removable partial dentures generally consist of the prosthetic tooth or teeth that are attached to a gum-coloured acrylic base connected to your natural teeth by a metal framework. The fixed type of partial denture connects the replacement tooth or teeth to a bridge-like appliance. Attached to both ends of the framework are crowns – one on either side of the gap – cemented to the anchoring teeth.

Partial dentures support your lips and cheeks to give them a fuller look. They also help you to speak clearly and chew your food properly.

Bridges

A dental bridge can either be cemented to your natural teeth or held in position by implants. It provides a permanent solution for tooth loss conditions, restoring both the beauty as well as functional qualities of your original teeth. Depending on your specific needs, there are different types of bridges you can choose from: Traditional bridge made of porcelain or PFM (porcelain-fused metal); Resin-bonded bridge primarily used for anterior teeth; or cantilever bridge when only one abutment (anchor) tooth is available.

A dental bridge can beautify your smile and your facial musculature, which dramatically improves your facial appearance. Besides giving you that healthy and perfectly aligned smile, it can improve your speech, chewing efficiency and bite quality.

For more information on our range of teeth replacement treatments, call Healthy Dentistry at (07) 3210 2055.

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