Restorative dentistry is the practice of replacing teeth and rebuilding lost or damaged teeth. This is to restore the natural function of the teeth and ensure that the mouth can return to its proper function, despite any loss or damage. Losing teeth can be traumatic, and it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Many dental practices will have an emergency dental department, which will help you solve any immediate issues that you have. If you have had missing teeth for several years, then it is also important to see a dentist as soon as possible, as missing teeth can cause existing teeth to be strained and eroded, which can damage them in turn.
What is the most effective way to replace a tooth?
The treatment used to replace a tooth often depend on how the tooth is missing. If the tooth is missing with the root, then a denture or bridge may be an option. However, if the root remains, then it can be replaced with other means. If there is simply a cavity or damage to the tooth, then a crown can be used to replace the main part of the tooth, which is an extremely effective way to replace teeth. Crowns are extremely durable and made from porcelain which means that they will appear as almost identical to your other teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a relatively new form of treatment that involve replacing the entire root of the tooth with a titanium screw and the tooth itself with a crown. This is an extremely advanced form of treatment and can only be administered by the most experienced dentists. Dental implants work by first opening the gum, where the implant will be, and drilling a hole into the jawbone with a variety of high-powered drills. Then, a titanium screw will be inserted into the bone, which has a series of grooves in order to let the bone securely bond around the implant. Then after a period of six weeks to six months, a crown can be attached to the base of the implant.
Dental implants are extremely strong, and if correctly maintained then they should last for life. They are also sturdy enough to support other dental work, so braces and dentures can be fixed to them for extra support.
Is everyone eligible for dental implants?
Not everyone can get dental implants. There must be sufficient space in the jawbone in order for the implant to be secure. If there is not enough space in the jawbone, then the implants may become loose or fail. Sinus space can also be an issue, and for some people, a dental implant could potentially breach their sinus cavity, and therefore become ineffective.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible or not, any dental practice offering dental implants such as Spa Dental Sydney CBD, will be able to give you an implant consultation, and inform you whether you are eligible or not for dental implants, and if there is anything that can be done.