It is important that you practise good oral hygiene on a daily basis so that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy and free of any signs of decay or disease. It is also important that you visit the dentist on a regular basis for dental health assessments and professional cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth as a buildup of plaque and tartar is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth decay and gum disease is a major problem in Australia. If you visit your dentist on a regular basis then any signs of tooth decay or gum disease will be detected very early on and can be treated quickly and effectively. If you avoid the dentist then tooth decay and gum disease can have irreversible effects and eventually they can result in missing teeth.
The effect of missing teeth
Missing teeth causes a huge array of issues. It affects the appearance of your smile and your face and it also affects the health of your remaining teeth, gums and jawbone. Missing teeth can draw unwanted attention to your mouth. You may find people looking at your teeth while speaking to you and this can affect your self-confidence and your self-esteem. Some patients even develop social anxiety after losing a tooth especially if it is at the front of the mouth. Patients report that it holds them back at work and in their social life and missing teeth can make you look older than you actually are. The dental health complications caused by missing teeth are severe. Missing teeth can have a domino effect. This means that one missing tooth can quickly result in more missing teeth. Your remaining teeth can quickly become crooked and wonky, they can become loose and wobbly and there is more chance of developing cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. All these factors result in more early tooth loss. Missing teeth can also cause bone decay. Bone decay has a range of implications as well. Bone decay causes changes in your facial structure. It can cause headaches and pain in your face and jaw. It can cause pain and discomfort when you eat so you may not be able to enjoy your favourite foods as you used to. You may notice your teeth becoming crooked and eventually they become loose.
Replacing missing teeth
Since ancient times people have been trying to solve the problems caused by missing teeth. 4,000 years ago the Chinese used to make false teeth using bamboo. The Egyptians used to make false teeth using ivory and shells. Some civilisations used gold wires or gold straps to work as a bridge for restoring missing teeth. After much research and development as well as advances in dental technology the idea of dental implants Sydney CBD came about.
Dental implants Sydney CBD are replacement roots for missing teeth. Dental implants Sydney CBD as we know them today were first developed in the 1960s and are made of titanium which is strong, non-corrosive and bio compatible. Dr Branemark, a Swedish surgeon, found that when titanium is inserted into the human body, osteoblasts form around the titanium and it becomes fixed into the body and can only be removed by fracturing the bone. Since then titanium dental implants Sydney have been used successfully across the world to replace missing teeth.
The first dental implant surgery carried out by Dr Branemark was so successful that it lasted for the rest of the patient’s life considering the patient lived another 40 years. Since then more research has been carried out on dental implants and now they can be made in various shapes and sizes to suit your individual dental requirements. In the right patient dental implants can last for the whole of your life and they can be used to replace your missing teeth with a crown, a set of partial dentures or a set of full dentures depending on how many teeth you are missing. The crown or dentures will need to be replaced every five to ten years however the implant will remain locked in place if you look after your teeth properly and visit the dentist on a regular basis.
Dental implants are now the gold standard in tooth replacement and it is the most popular choice for replacing missing teeth amongst dentists and patients alike. The process itself can take approximately six months but with lifelong results it is worth the wait. Speak to your dentist today and find out more about replacing your missing teeth with dental implants Sydney CBD.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.