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What is a dental implant?
Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, you can now replace a missing tooth with a fixed dental implant instead of bridges or dentures. A dental implant replaces the root of your lost tooth so that a new prosthetic tooth can be attached and fill the gap.
Because dental implants are made to perfectly match your existing natural teeth, and are designed to fuse with the bone, they blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, allowing you the freedom to get on with your life.
A missing tooth can cause even further tooth loss
Many of our patients are surprised to find out just how much one missing tooth can throw their whole oral health out of balance.
Firstly, the part of the jawbone which holds the tooth starts to dissolve. This happens as soon as the tooth is lost and can start to affect the teeth on either side of the gap, causing further tooth loss. Additionally, surrounding teeth will start to shift in an attempt to close the gap. This causes a crooked bite and can contribute to malocclusion, which in turn affects your jaw and neck muscles. Patients with a bad bite often experience tension headaches, neck and upper back pain.
A missing tooth also invites gum disease due to infection, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Not only that, gum disease has been linked to:
- Heart attacks
- Chronic kidney disease
How long will a dental implant last?
The longevity of your dental implant will depend on many factors including your dental hygiene and your overall health. With proper care, your dental implant should last you for many years to come. They require the same care and maintenance as your regular teeth, so it’s essential that you continue to brush and floss daily, as well as attending regular dental check-ups.
The dental crown or bridge usually has a lifespan of 15-20 years, and this also depends on how well you look after the restoration.
At Coast Dental, we realise that getting dental implants can be a costly affair and we don’t want your finances to stop you from getting the treatment you need. This is why we offer payment plans for all our dental implant patients. Read more here.
Our dentist will identify if dental implants are a suitable option for you and discuss a treatment plan with you.