Replacing a Single Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant

Man smiling with a missing toothAnyone who has a missing tooth, especially if it is one of the front teeth, can feel very self-conscious about having an obvious gap in their teeth. Replacing that gap with a dental implant means the patient can practically forget they ever had a tooth missing.

There are many dentists who can fit dental implants in Melbourne, but there is an advantage to visiting an implant dentist who focuses on just implants rather than general dentistry. Practices such as High Dental Implants Melbourne make implants their main focus.

More information on dental implants in Melbourne

Not everyone knows what dental implants are – this technology has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. A dental implant is a small screw, made from titanium, which is known for its bone-bonding properties. The implant is inserted into the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth used to sit. In the case of a single tooth implant, a crown, which is carefully designed in colour and shape to match the neighbouring teeth, is fixed to the implant.

Patients report forgetting about their implants

Some patients find that the implant looks and feels so natural, they actually forget about it. After a healing period, during which the titanium screw of the implant will mesh with the jawbone and the gum will heal around it, the implant will feel just like a natural tooth.

Dental implants in Melbourne can last a lifetime

With proper care, a dental implant can last a very long time. It is a good idea to consult with a hygienist on the best way to look after dental implants in Melbourne. Brushing carefully twice a day, flossing and regular visits to a hygienist are the basis of good implant care.

A dental implant can save neighbouring teeth

Having a tooth implant fitted can benefit the neighbouring teeth. If a gap is left, over time the teeth next to the gap can tilt or twist without their neighbouring tooth to keep them in place. If the gap is in the lower jaw, the corresponding tooth in the upper jaw can drop without anything to bite against. A tooth implant negates these problems.