Dental implants look and feel totally natural
Many patients across Perth have turned to us when they have lost their teeth due to neglect, old age, or accidents. Our team at Cambridge City Dental have the skills to fit a range of natural-looking dental implants.
What are teeth implants?
The natural tooth consists of the visible crown that is covered with white enamel and supported by a root that extends into the jawbone. It is the root of the tooth that is replaced by a dental implant.
Not only do teeth implants offer long-lasting solutions for missing teeth, they look and feel totally natural. Dental implants are small screw or cylinder shaped fixtures that perform the same way as the natural root of your tooth. These fixtures are placed in the jawbone and projected slightly through the gum, as this is the area where the replacement tooth will be attached.
These teeth implants are made of titanium, a metal that is fully compatible with the bone and has unique properties that allow it to attract bone-forming cells. This process is called “osseointegration” and it fuses the implant to the bone.
Things you may not know about implants:
As long as the jaw is fully grown, dental implants are suitable for people of all ages.
Dental implants consist of three parts: A post portion which is placed into the jaw bone and the remaining abutment and crown connections. These remaining parts are fitted to the connector, just like a denture.
Are dental implants for me?
If you have lost a tooth or teeth, dental implants are the ideal solution. Patients often tell us that their implants are worth every penny and banish self-confidence issues associated with their teeth. Dental implants are comfortable and stable, and Cambridge City Dental Implants offer cost-effective prices to keep you smiling.
Tooth loss may occur for a variety of reasons including:
Commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is the most common reason for tooth loss. It is an infection of the supporting structures around the roots of teeth, leading to bone loss after many years of chronic infection.
Also known as tooth decay, dental caries can progress to a stage where the tooth cannot be functionally restored. Outcomes include bone infections which lead to tooth extractions.
A common occurrence for many, cracked teeth may often be successfully restored. However, fractures can be complicated and if teeth have cracked in such a way that they cannot be maintained, an extraction is required.
There are a variety of ways teeth may be lost due to trauma, including:
- Sports accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Root fracture due to failed root canal treatment
- Pernicious, defects to the jaw and cancer
- Automobile accidents
- Engaging in fights
This is a common abnormality where the baby tooth is present without a permanent tooth to replace it. Even though the baby tooth may remain in function for a long time, it will eventually fail due to a loss of root support or dental disease.
Reasons for replacing missing teeth
The reason to replace a missing tooth really depends on the individual’s dentition. Leaving a toothless space can be risky, but all possible outcomes need to be weighed before a decision is made. Here are a couple of reasons why most people get their missing teeth replaced.
During childhood, a supportive bone, known as alveolar bone, forms and erupts with the tooth into the jaw. When teeth are removed from the jaw the bone, the supported the tooth resorbs and shrinks. This begins almost as soon as the tooth is lost and gets progressively worse over time.
The resorption of bone can be extensive when multiple teeth are lost. This makes wearing a removable denture difficult, which is an aesthetic problem when the lost teeth are towards the front of the mouth. The lost bone occurs in both height and width.
Dental implants preserve the bone and allow for the support of the implant fixture and crown.
Drifting occurs when one or more teeth are lost in a segment of your mouth. The adjacent teeth to the missing tooth space will start to lean over towards the gap. There is also a chance for an opposing tooth or teeth to erupt into the vacant space.
Drifting teeth create discrepancies in the height of contours of the gum which may lead to future periodontal problems. This can lead to tooth decay as a result of gatherings of food and plaque that become difficult to clean. The bite may also be affected, which can lead to unpleasant joint and muscle problems.
When teeth implants are placed into the missing tooth spaces they prevent drifting and preserve the integrity and contours of the adjacent gums and teeth.