At TL Dental we provide dental implant treatment for patients who have lost one, some or even all of their teeth. If you’ve recently lost a tooth or are about to lose a tooth you are not alone, tooth loss is extremely common. The good news is that with dental implants you can have a fixed solution that actually looks and feels like the real thing in a relatively short period of time.
The reasons for tooth loss vary: accidents, significant decay or advanced gum disease can all result in tooth loss. In other cases, you may never have developed all of your adult teeth, the most common are missing lateral teeth, the ones on either side of your two front teeth.
Even one missing tooth can impact your life negatively, you may avoid smiling to hide the gaps, have difficulty eating some of your favourite foods eating certain foods may be more difficult or your speech may be affected. If you missing teeth are negatively impacting your quality of life keep reading to find out if a dental implant solution is right for you.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium that is placed in your jaw to replace the missing tooth root. Titanium is a biocompatible material that has been safely used in humans to replace missing teeth for over fifty years. Once the implant is placed, over the next months of healing, your bone grows around the implant and integrate the implant with your jaw, we call this process ‘osseointegration’.
On top of this implant we can then place a tooth crown in the space and this is the part that you will see. The titanium portion, the dental implant itself, will only be visible in x-rays. The tooth is fixed in place and is not removable so you will need to brush and floss like your natural teeth.
Apart from the common desire to replace fill gaps in your smile, there are many other reasons we recommend replacing missing teeth.
The number of implants needed and the length of the treatment time will depend on your exact circumstance. At an implant consultation, we can provide you with a clear treatment plan suited for your needs and advice how long the treatment will take.