All you need to know about dental implants

Tooth loss

Tooth loss is a very frustrating, inconvenient and often painful event. It can negatively impact your everyday life in a number of ways. It can cause difficulties with chewing food and biting, and it can also make eating quite a painful experience. It can also impair your speech, depending on the location and number of teeth lost. Furthermore, it can also cause mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Some epidemiological studies have also linked tooth loss to an increased risk of cerebrovascular events, however there is most likely no causal relationship between tooth loss and stroke prevalence, and the link between the two is likely caused by lifestyle characteristics that can lead to an increased risk of tooth loss and stroke.

Another important result of tooth loss is the disintegration of the jawbone and the gum tissue if left untreated. This can make future implantations more difficult and less likely to be successful, therefore it is of key importance to seek treatment as soon as possible if you or your loved ones have been affected by tooth loss. If you have been affected by tooth loss, contact High Dental Implants Melbourne for a consultation appointment.

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How to prevent tooth loss?

The major cause of adult tooth loss is diets high in sugar, which is really prevalent in the Western world. This can cause tooth loss in two ways. The first one is through tooth decay caused by bacterial overgrowth, and consequently increased bacterial acid production. This can dissolve the minerals out of teeth, leading to eventual tooth decay, which if left untreated can cause tooth loss.

The second way diets high in sugar can cause tooth loss is through gum disease. Bacterial overgrowth can result in the chronic inflammation of the gum tissue, which if left untreated can cause irreversible damage to the gums, which play an important role in holding your teeth as firmly as they need to be.

Another major cause of tooth loss is injuries, which have a greater likelihood in people frequently playing contact sports or working in certain occupations. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing your teeth regularly, using antibacterial mouthwashes and wearing mouthguards when engaging in high risk activities can help reduce the chance of tooth loss.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are probably the most appropriate method for replacing missing teeth. They are surgically inserted into your jawbone, and due to the properties of the metal they are made out of, the implants integrate into the jawbone resulting in a stable, durable, resilient and long-lasting solution for tooth loss. The dental implant serves as an artificial root, on top of which your custom made replacement teeth are fitted. Dental implants have numerous benefits, including their strength and durability, their longevity, and the fact that you can have your own smile back without needing to remove them or clean them in a specific way. You just have to brush your teeth, like you normally would! Note: as every surgical procedure, dental implants also involve certain risks. To find out more about these risks, and to find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants, contact High Dental Implants Melbourne.

Disclaimer: All treatment carries risk. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

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