When a tooth has been lost, people can feel that their smile is incomplete. It is important to make an effort to replace that missing tooth not only to feel complete again, but to maintain an appropriate level of oral health so that other teeth and gums do not suffer.
Teeth can be lost for many reasons. The tooth may be dead. This happens when there is no more blood running to it, rendering it a non-vital tooth. A tooth can die because of injury or because of decay and needs to be removed or else may cause complications.
Teeth can also be knocked out, because of an injury or an accident. These are relatively common and quite often sports related. In fact, it is estimated that 13% to 39% of all dental injuries are sport related, so dentists work a lot with avulsed or injured teeth in individuals who otherwise have healthy, strong teeth.
Healthy individuals who do not have any underlying dental or medical concerns can benefit from replacing their teeth in a long term way by means of dental implants in Melbourne. Designed with no upper age limit in mind but rather a treatment plan that works for a broad range of different issues, many different patients can come in to replace their teeth or stabilize their dentures with this very successful and popular treatment plan.
How varied are the treatments?
It can benefit people who have lost a single tooth and also works for those who have had dentures for decades. The principal point is the surgical insertion of a titanium rod that is placed directly into the jaw bone. This can be used for single tooth implants, multiple teeth bridges and for dentures, with a treatment known as all-on-four.
A dentist will be able to discuss and develop a bespoke treatment plan with any of their patients who have lost a tooth, or several teeth and are looking to replace it in a long-term way. This procedure is known to last for several decades, so patients can rest assured knowing that they do not have to concern themselves with their missing tooth for a long time.
Are there any downsides to this treatment?
Currently, this treatment is still known to be a cosmetic procedure, therefore is generally not covered on insurance plans. It can be quite expensive, however dentists work with their patients to come up with a finance plan that enables them to enjoy the benefits this treatment has to offer without feeling burdened by the price tag.
It is important to put one’s health and well being first and those who have had this treatment are generally very satisfied with the results.
As it is a surgical procedure, albeit minor, it has to be said that complications can arise from this. Generally, these complications are related to infection at the site or rejection of the implant so by monitoring the situation closely, both patient and dentist can be prepared for this unlikely eventuality and work to reduce the effects.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.