Dental implants are what a dentist uses to fill gaps caused by a missing tooth or several missing teeth, to improve your smile.
There are different kinds of implants and they are made from titanium to provide strength and durability.
What has made implants so popular and successful is that titanium actually fuses with living bone so direct installation into the jawbone is possible.
Implants for missing teeth were first available in the 1970’s and following many design improvements, there are now over forty types available.
Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
Although is it very possible to replace a missing tooth with an implant, you may not be a candidate for this kind of procedure. The only way to know for sure is to speak with Dr. Richard Oxenbould Dentist; Forster Dental Centre as only a professional will be able to tell. The dentist will conduct a complete dental exam aimed at determining what amount of bone volume and density exists at the location of the missing tooth or teeth.
As the implants are installed directly into bone there must be enough in order to properly hold and support the implant. Even if you do not meet this criteria, there are bone regeneration techniques that may be your next option that may eventually permit dental implantation. Your dentist will be able to advise you on whether or not you are a candidate for either of these procedures.
What Are Dental Implants?
An implant is quite simply a threaded titanium peg that is screwed into place in the location where a tooth used to be. The peg acts as a replacement for the missing tooth root. A dental crown, which is made from a ceramic compound, is then screwed into place on top of the titanium peg. The crown, which is moulded to look like a tooth and is in a white colour that can be dyed to match the rest of your teeth, replaces the missing tooth.For more information on this procedure, contact us at Forster Dental Centre.
Why Dental Implant Treatment may be Recommended for You
There are many reasons why you may require implants to replace missing teeth. Most commonly they are used as a cosmetic dentistry procedure necessary following either a motor vehicle accident or a sports related injury. If you have lost teeth due to some other circumstance and have developed problems eating, speaking or sleeping, you may want to explore implants as an option to remedy these issues.
In a number of cases the requirement of this form of cosmetic dentistry results from social interaction. A full and complete smile can do wonders for self-esteem, assist in meeting people and can also have an effect on employment opportunities. Implants are also the logical replacement used following removal of teeth that may be crooked, deformed or not developing correctly.
Does Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry?
Not all dental medical plans offer coverage for dental implants, however there are a number of coverage plans that do include it as an optional add-on. Be sure to refer to your personal policy to see if it includes this kind of coverage. Typically a standard dental coverage plan is for general and restorative dentistry which is your regular check-ups and procedures required for preventative maintenance of your teeth.
Cosmetic procedures are focused on the improvement of your smile, which is a very different kind of coverage as it is considered elective as opposed to primary care. That being said, coverage for ‘smile improvement’ is not hard to qualify for and it is an affordable option that can prove to be beneficial should you require implants to replace teeth.
Implants Fill Gaps Perfectly
Regardless of whether you lost a tooth playing sports or had one removed because it was crooked, there are many ways to replace that gap between the other teeth in your mouth. You no longer have to learn how to eat or drink differently as dentists may have a solution to your problem. To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Forster Dental Centre today by phoning (02) 6555 5554.