Why should one replace a lost tooth ?
1. Replacing a lost tooth is vital to maintaining the overall health and function of the surrounding teeth. Tooth loss leads to loss of bone and attending loss of facial contour.
2. Dental implants are an effective means of counteracting these problems. Dental implants are also very strong and provide a feel as close to a natural tooth as can be currently achieved.
3. The most obvious advantage of implants over bridges is that, adjacent teeth are spared from being ground down.
At the first appointment the dentist examines the area and may obtain xrays to confirm the assessment.
The procedure of implant insertion is completely painless and may take 15 - 30 minutes depending on the number of implants. Today this procedure may be done without a cut or stitches.
The success rate of dental implants is somewhere between 95-98%, the most common cause of failures being immediate post-implantation infection in the vicinity.
Tooth removal and implant placement may be done at the same appointment.
How will dental implants improve my life?
Dental implants help maintain jaw bones in their pristine health like with natural teeth & provide a more stable and natural feeling than loose dentures. You will be able to eat virtually any food with ease, comfort, and confidence. you will notice an improvement in your appearance, and possibly your speech. Many patients find these improvements enhance their self-image and self-confidence.
At some point or the other in our lives, most of us wind up in the dentist's chair getting a cavity filled. In most of these cases the dentist removes the decay and fills the tooth area that was removed.
Composite Resin fillings Most of us have had Amalgam (Silver) fillings or gold fillings done. Some of these fillings are what we called mercury fillings as they contained Mercury. Metal fillings were effective but they were very conspicuous and had a tendency to discolour over time and with the obvious component of toxicity to mercury.
Composite Resin dental fillings were developed as an alternative to Amalgam and Gold fillings. These tooth coloured fillings are made of a resin material and are extremely strong and durable in addition to being natural looking.
Ceramic Inlays / Onlays If over half of your molar's biting surface is decayed an inlay or onlay may be a better option to a filling.