In dentistry today, there is now a newer way to restore missing teeth without the hassle of needing to glue them to your gums! In this article, common questions that many dentists receive about dental implants Bondi Junction will be answered.
What are oral implants?
Oral implants are made from an inert material called titanium, which has been used for decades in different types of surgery; everything from surgical pins to hip replacements has been made from titanium. This is due to the metal’s ability to fuse with the surrounding bone easily, and as it is biologically inert, allergies to it are extremely rare.
Oral implants are not actually a tooth, set of dentures or bridge, but rather they are the screw-like fixture that is attached to the jaw. Once it has been set and fused with the surrounding bone, your dentist will then be able to attach the prosthetic tooth to the top of it.
Is everyone suitable for them?
The most commonly used type of oral implant in dentistry today is an endosteal implant, and for this to fuse correctly and support the prosthetic fixtures that will be loaded onto it, you need to have a sturdy, thick jawbone.
This may not be possible due to several reasons, such as a degenerative bone disease like osteoporosis, long-term use of dentures or just a reduction in the jaw’s density due to shrinkage that occurs when a tooth is lost.
While there is no hard and fast rule, many dentists are wary about fitting oral implants for someone who smokes. Smoking increases the chance of problems such as gum disease and oral cancer occurring, both of which can negatively impact the longevity of implants. Therefore, it is wise to discuss smoking cessation with your dentist if you want to have oral implants fitted.
Do they hurt when they are fitted?
Your dentist will ensure that your implants are fitted under a local anaesthetic; this will prevent you from feeling any discomfort but ensure that they can fit the implants.
If you are a nervous patient, many dental surgeries can offer you twilight sedation, which will enable you to relax while your dentist fits your implants. You will not be unconscious but will need to have an escort to take you home afterwards if you have had twilight sedation, and you should not operate heavy machinery or make any financial or large lifestyle decisions for 24 hours after you have had the sedatives.
I’m an older patient; can I have oral implants?
Yes, you can!
There is no upper age limit on oral implants, but for you to have them fitted, you need to be over the age of 18.
Your dentist will assess your dental health and ask about your physical health during your initial consultation to ascertain whether you are suitable to have implants fitted. If they suspect that there would be an issue with the implants fusing to your jaw, they will likely offer an alternative restoration option.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.