The thought of a visit to a dentist fills people with dread and they keep putting it off as much as they can. However, it can be unavoidable such as when there is a need to extract a tooth that is causing you agony.
What happens once the tooth is extracted is that there is a gap and you cannot leave it as it is. If you do, food particles will get stuck in the gap and lead to oral hygiene issues. Further, teeth on either side of the gap lose support and will weaken over time. The gap must be filled.
• There are options to fill in gaps left by extracted teeth. One of the simplest is to get a denture made and put in place and supported by surrounding teeth. You can have partial dentures to replace a few missing teeth or full denture set.
• Crowns and bridges are more suitable when a tooth root canal process has been carried out and a crown must be placed on top. This presupposes that the existing tooth, after the root canal, is in good shape. Porcelain, ceramic and metal crowns are used for the purpose.
• A dental implant is a more lasting and safer option to fill a gap left by one or more extracted teeth. This is a specialized procedure and best carried out by competent professionals such as Dental Implants Donvale Holistic dental clinic.
Dental implants the best option
No matter how much meticulous care goes into the preparation of crowns and bridges, they will never give the feeling of a real tooth and will always feel intrusive. Dental implants, on the other hand, provide a tailored fit and feel as close to natural teeth as possible. This is because of the technology and structure of dental implants.
A titanium or titanium alloy screw is fitted into the jawbone and then it is capped with a dental abutment and ceramic crown. Once put in place it is near-permanent and feels natural. You can leave an implant in place and brush it every day. Your body becomes accustomed to the implant. Unlike dentures that may need to be taken out when you sleep and for cleaning, the implant always stays in place.
Implants also make sense when it is not possible to go for bridges or crowns because the underlying structure cannot support existing teeth. These teeth may have decayed, necessitating their removal and an implant is the best permanent solution.
As in any other dental procedure, the dental implant procedure requires care and attention to fine detail to ensure minimal collateral damage to surrounding tissues and gums as well as to prevent infection. Sizing the crown once the implant is in place is also important to ensure there are no gaps or that it is not oversize to cause discomfort.
This is where the artistry of your dentist comes into play in embedding the implant and then capping it with a crown. Start with a consultation at Holistic Dental Donvale and find out just how good you feel after the implant procedure.