Keeping those good vibrations with dental implants in Melbourne
Tooth loss can occur for many reasons ranging from gum disease, accident or just the aging process. When we lose a tooth, no matter what reason or at what stage of our lives, the idea of ‘falsies’ can be a daunting prospect. Modern dentures, crowns and bridges look very natural but they have some inherent disadvantages. Dentures can slip and cause speech impediment. Crowns and particularly bridges ‘borrow’ their strength from neighbouring teeth, undermining their strength and causing possible decay and even further tooth loss.
However, jawbone deterioration is the most significant impact of tooth loss. When we eat, vibrations are sent down via the root and actively stimulate the jawbone and gums. This relationship between stimulation and growth is lost when teeth are removed leading to jawbone shrinkage. It can occur at an incredible rate with as much as 25% jawbone reabsorption happening in the first year alone. So, what does this mean for your oral health long-term and how can it be prevented?
Implications of jawbone loss
As your jawbone starts to deteriorate the stability of your dental chain is undermined. The gap left behind by your lost tooth creates movement in the neighbouring teeth, causing them to fall into the gap. This can eventually lead to further tooth loss and jawbone disintegration.
How dental implants in Melbourne resolve tooth loss
At High Dental Implants Melbourne, in nearly all situations we would recommend the use of dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone during a simple surgery. Once in place your body believes them to be a part of its own structures and responds to it as it would your root. Although dental implants are not as flexible as natural roots, they do still stimulate jawbone growth, encouraging the bone to adhere to the surface of the implant. This anchors the root replacements, making them strong and stable and stimulating healthy bone growth. Once in place, a tooth replacement fits onto the implant providing a tooth restoration that works as well as your lost natural tooth.
If you would like to find out whether dental implants in Melbourne can help you, contact us today for a consultation.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.