Dentist Explains Dental Implants In Canberra
Acacia Dental Group (ADG), based in Australia, is drawing their community’s attention to the differences between single dental implants, bridge-supported implants and the All-on-4 implant procedure. ADG also says the success of the treatment is determined by the skill and experience of the dental implant dentist, as well as the quality of the materials being used for the treatment. Learn more here: Dental implants Canberra.
Every single tooth is extremely important. They influence the overall health, appearance and self-esteem of a person. The teeth at the back of the mouth are designed to chew and support muscles. The teeth at the front of the mouth help to cut food and give people their smiles. As a result, damaged or missing teeth can have a significant effect on a person’s image, oral health and overall well being. Unfortunately, even in spite of a person’s best efforts to protect them, teeth can be damaged in many ways. Plaque can form on teeth, creating holes which lead to decay — and eventually destroy them. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can cause gums to inflame and pull back. Here, teeth can come loose, and the roots may be exposed to bacteria. Trauma to the gums and jaw bone can also impact the roots of the teeth. It can also impact a person’s appearance.
The best (and only) solution is to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth as soon as possible, and dentists will recommend a tooth implant in such situations. These implants involve surgically placing a titanium implant into the jawbone. Once in place, the implant gradually integrates with the jawbone and acts as a new root for the replacement tooth. An abutment, made of either titanium, gold or porcelain, is then attached to the implant with a screw. The abutment is the part that connects the implant to the crown (and what gives the appearance of a natural tooth that has been prepared for a crown). Finally, the crown is added, usually made of porcelain or metal alloy. The crown is screwed or cemented into place, and the end result is a natural looking tooth.
The next option is the dental bridge, which is not directly placed into the gap like implants, but are instead held over the gap, thereby forming a ‘bridge.’ The bridge is supported by crowns that are placed on the supporting teeth, known as abutment teeth, on both sides of the gap. The false tooth itself, known as a pontic, may be made of gold, alloys or porcelain. A removable partial denture is a less permanent option. Normally, replacement teeth are fixed to a plastic base that is made to match the colour of the gums. There is also a clasp that attaches the dentures to the natural teeth. Partial dentures can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning and are not worn 24 hours a day.
Single-tooth implants and dental bridges are common treatments for a missing tooth, and both have their respective advantages and disadvantages. Having a bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be reshaped to support the cemented bridge, for instance. Over time, the cement can wash out, and bacteria can reach the teeth that anchor the bridge. When a bridge fails, one or both of the supporting teeth will likely fail, which worsens the gap. A single-tooth implant offers many advantages over a bridge, particularly the natural look and feel, and the fact that it does not impact other teeth. It also preserves the jawbone, protects the gums and is longer lasting. An added convenience is it can be much easier to clean. When it comes to the full implant-supported bridge or implant-supported dentures, they look and function like natural teeth and are designed to be long-lasting. They are also more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures. There are many options for the materials used in all the types of implants, and these can also affect the longevity and strength of the implant. The procedure for all this is explained in detail on the Acacia Dental Group website, which is an added source of information for all patients.
The cost of tooth implants can also be difficult to define as there are many variants. The cost of a single tooth implant will be significantly less than a full arch or full set of false teeth. For a straightforward single tooth implant cost, patients will need to invest somewhere in the region of $5,500. However, a more complicated single tooth implant procedure, requiring a bone graft, can cost up to $10,000. The dental clinic recommends going with a more experienced dentist — while the upfront cost may be higher, the long-term cost over time will likely be a lot less.
To learn more about Acacia Dental Group, patients may visit their official website. The clinic’s representatives can also be contacted via phone or email.
For more information about Acacia Dental Group, contact the company here:
Acacia Dental Group
(02) 6281 2222
Suite 14, Level 2, Gadal Chambers, 48 Corinna St, Phillip ACT 2606