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What are Dental Implants and how do they Work?

Our teeth play a critical role in our lives. From chewing our food to showing off those pearly whites, we rely on our mouth more than we think. That’s why when you start to experience loose or damaged teeth, it’s time to do something about it.

So if you’re self conscious of your smile and don’t want to wear dentures, why not take back your confidence with dental implants? Read on to find out everything you need to know about specialised dental implants and if this is the right choice for you.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small, pure titanium screws that act as artificial roots. They are surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace missing natural teeth. The attached crowns and restorations then mimic the look and function of natural teeth.

Some of the many benefits of dental implants include:

  • Optimal chewing
  • Improved mastication
  • Better speech
  • Drastically reduced bone deterioration

Perfect for replacing missing or badly damaged teeth and a great alternative to dentures, dental implants are the most strong, lasting and natural looking restoration option. The next best thing to natural teeth, the implants look and feel like your own teeth and offer more structure for your jaw bone, which means less problems when chewing and swallowing.

So if you have dentures that are causing you discomfort or are constantly breaking, implant dentistry might be a better alternative. Dental implants are permanently secured into the jaw and unlike dentures, prevent shrinkage of the jaw bone and face, while restoring full chewing capability.

What does the Procedure Involve?

The procedure for dental implants generally takes several months and follows a three-step process:

  1. Your dentist will place the implant into the jaw then insert a screw to prevent debris from entering. It will take 3 to 6 months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone, during which time the gum is secured over the implant.
  2. Upon returning to the dentist, the implant is uncovered and an extension called a post is attached. Once the gum tissue has healed around the post, the implant and post act as the foundation for the new tooth.
  3. Finally, the dentist makes a crown that best suits your natural teeth, considering factors including size, shape and colour. Once completed, the crown is attached to the implant post and you can enjoy your beautiful new smile!

Who is the Ideal Candidate?

Teeth implants are suitable for all age groups provided their jaw bones are fully developed. Adequate jaw bone is required to act as a secure base for the placement and integration of these dental implants. However, if adequate jaw bone is not present, it can often be created using bone grafting or augmentation procedures.

More often than not, patients dealing with advanced gum disease and tooth decay require the removal of teeth followed by the replacement with dental implants that can rid their body of dental disease while restoring full function and aesthetics. In some instances they may opt for dentures, but many want teeth implants.

The best way to know if a tooth implant is the right solution for you is to meet with your dentist and find out what your options are. At St John Medical by St John we will do an assessment and provide detailed information regarding the treatment and cost so you can make the best decision for your mouth.

Why Choose St John Medical by St John?

St John Medical offers dental implants at our fully equipped dental studio in Perth. Using state-of-the-art technologies we can practice implantology and oral surgery that reinstates full dental functions and boosts oral health.

Our clinics offer comprehensive dental assistance under one roof so you don’t have to run from pillar to post to get your oral health up to date. With an experienced team of dental professionals waiting to help restore your smile, confidence and dental health, we can assist with treatments and advice about implants and more.

So don’t suffer in silence and prolong treatment for your dental issues. The sooner you treat them the simpler and more affordable the restorative dental procedures will be. For more information about dental implants at our Perth clinic, contact your nearest St John Medical today.

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