If you’re missing teeth as an adult, then you’re not alone.
In Australia, over 15% of adults have severe tooth loss, one of the worst rates in the Western World.
And it’s not just a lapse in oral hygiene that causes tooth decay.
People can suffer accidents, be the victims of assault, or fall to serious illness.
Luckily it’s not all doom and gloom.
If you do have missing teeth, then dental implants are the perfect answer to set things right.
The consequences of missing teeth
Missing teeth isn’t just an aesthetic issue – there are serious health implications, both physical and psychological that result from the loss of your pearly whites.
Physically, your remaining teeth work harder to compensate for the missing ones, putting them under extra stress.
Speech and eating may also be affected, and any remaining teeth may also move, filling in the gaps, which can lead to further tooth loss.
Of course, missing teeth can also be extremely embarrassing, leading to a decrease in social interaction, and possibly social withdrawal altogether.
Why you might need dental implants
The most common reason people lose teeth is also the most preventable one; tooth decay.
Not looking after your teeth results in gum disease, in which the gum recedes and the tooth becomes loose and ends up either falling out or being pulled out.
Some people are less fortunate and can lose teeth through an accident.
Some older people might have been unfortunate enough to have had a bad dentist back in the days when dentistry wasn’t as well regulated or controlled. Some of these “old-school” dentists were happy to pull a tooth out before trying to save it.
Missing a single tooth
A single tooth is usually the easiest and most common type of dental implant. In this situation, the missing tooth is replaced with an osseointegrated implant which supports the new tooth or ‘crown’.
Missing several teeth
Whether two or three teeth are missing in a row, or several individual teeth around the mouth that are missing, dental implants can replace them.
Missing a full set of teeth
If you have lost all your teeth then full arch dental implants can offer you the most stable, natural solution to your missing teeth.
We use the All-on-4 full arch implant system, which can give you a new set of teeth in a single day!
The advantages of dental implants
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants brings its own advantages that “regular” false teeth don’t.
For a start, you can eat whatever you want with dental implants. Dental implants leave the gums free and don’t cover up the palate like false teeth, allowing you to taste and eat food as you normally would.
They are also longer lasting, and if looked after properly, should last you for the rest of your days. They are fixed into your jaw bone, basically becoming a part of you, and so don’t act like a separate thing that you constantly have to adjust and replace.
When you are missing teeth, a continuous shrinkage in your jawbone takes place, resulting in premature ageing in your face. Dental implants preserve facial contours by stimulating and preserving existing bone, helping your face stay more natural looking as if you had your original teeth.
Bring back your smile with dental implants
Dental implants are the perfect solution for missing teeth.
Whether it’s a single tooth or all your teeth are gone, we can help give you back your smile.
When it comes to dental implants, we are one of only a handful of practices in all of the country to be named a Leading Implant Centre of the World.
We don’t believe in temporary measures here, everything we do is permanent, and that includes your smile.
Contact us today if you would like to know more about how we fix missing teeth using dental implants.
Our friendly and expert staff will be happy to help in any way they can.