The idea of losing a tooth or having to undergo a tooth extraction can be a scary thought, however you will be pleased to know that in most cases tooth loss is preventable. To maintain healthy teeth and gums you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least a once, rinse your mouth after meals, avoid sugary and sticky snacks and treats, avoid poor lifestyle choices, and visit the dentist and the hygienist at least once every six months – or more often if you feel necessary. If you avoid the dentist either out of laziness, embarrassment, financial problems, or fear of the dentist then you need to remind yourself that despite advances in dental technology no type of tooth replacement will ever be as good as your natural teeth so it is important that you speak to your dentist and find out how you can look after your teeth more effectively.
If you notice that a tooth has become wobbly or you are suffering from symptoms of cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease then you need to speak to your dentist urgently. A wobbly tooth can sometimes be fixed back into place if it is dealt with at the right time. Unfortunately if you have irreversible damage then either the tooth will fall out of its own accord or the symptoms will become so bad that you will need a tooth extraction. After this you will have to have the tooth replaced. You need to speak to your dentist as soon as possible to make sure that the process of replacing your missing tooth is begun quickly because a missing tooth can cause more missing teeth in a short amount of time.
Dental implants Melbourne
An excellent method of replacing missing teeth that has become popular across the world and replaced traditional dentures is dental implants Melbourne. Since 1965 dental implants Melbourne have been used successfully in patients of all ages and all types of dental concerns.
Dental implants Melbourne are small titanium screws. They are designed to replace the root of the missing tooth. They work as a three-part system. The implant itself is embedded into your jaw and works as the foundation for your replacement tooth. In the middle you have an abutment which is a connector post that joins the replacement tooth to the implant. Finally you have a customised crown that replaces your missing tooth. If you are replacing more than one tooth then you will have a set of partial dentures which will be attached to the abutment or if you are replacing all of your teeth then you will need a set of implants which will hold a full set of dentures in place.
Your dentist will put together an individually tailored treatment plan for you. To begin with your dentist will need to make sure that you are eligible for dental implants. To do this they will carry out a thorough dental examination. They will check your remaining teeth for any signs of cavities or tooth decay. If detected then this will need to be treated accordingly. Your gums will be examined for any signs of gum disease. It is important that you have healthy gums for successful dental implants and your dentist will put together a treatment plan for you when necessary. The dentist will examine your jaw and make sure that there is sufficient healthy jaw to hold the implants in place. In some cases you may need a bone graft which will increase the density and the strength of your jaw so that the implant can fit into your mouth and be held firmly in place.
It is important that you speak to your dentist as soon as you lose your tooth or as soon as you have undergone a tooth extraction because certain issues arise after you have lost the tooth. For example bone decay begins when the tooth has fallen out or after being removed and this can get worse very quickly therefore the quicker you address the issue the less complicated the replacement process will be. The dentist will also take a medical history to make sure that you are not affected by any medical conditions which may prevent your implant from healing successfully. Patients with diabetes, autoimmune disorders, clotting disorders and other similar conditions which affect the body’s ability to heal may have to look at other options for tooth replacement and your dentist will advise what is the best option for you.
Speak to your dentist today and find out more about replacing your missing teeth.
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