Lost a Tooth? Here's What You Need to Do

There is a whole new kind of tooth fairy on the block, namely one that offers high dental implants for the unfortunate situations of losing a tooth in adulthood. It's always going to be a stressful time, many of us have even had nightmares about losing teeth at one time or another so it's never nice for it to happen in real life. But thankfully, dentists these days can work wonders and can give you a second chance at having a complete and healthy smile without the added hassle of removable dentures. Dubbed as a more natural look than dentures alone, this procedure has several additional health benefits that ensure the patient is more likely to keep their remaining teeth. Dentists work with a preventive mentality, trying to keep from needing to remove or repair teeth for as long as they can. Although this cannot be the case for all patients, it is ideal to keep as many natural teeth as possible for as long as one can. 

Those who have lost some of their teeth find that their overall health as well as the health of their remaining surrounding teeth tend to suffer. There are many reasons for this, sometimes it is due to additional bacteria gaining access to more of the tooth surface area when there are missing teeth. Infections can occur more often as the sensitive gum tissue is exposed. Even the structure and stability of the tooth roots within the jawbone suffer from the extraction of a single tooth. It is important to try to minimise the damage by acting as quickly as possible after the trauma and injury has subsided. This reduces the time that the body has to deteriorate and for infection or bad bacteria to take hold. 

How successful is this procedure? 
With so much digital perfection and planning taking place to ensure the ideal positioning of the implant, there is little room for error with this procedure. This allows dentists to speak confidently of such high success and satisfaction rates regarding having a tooth implant. By using available technology, dentists are able to anchor the replacement tooth root in the ideal position for maximum comfort and minimal healing time. With appropriate care from the patient, routine follow ups and professional cleaning, rejection rates are low, as is the risk of infection. Dentists take great care in making sure that their patients are suitable for this treatment prior to commencing, so that there are few complications to have to contend with. There are many procedures available to those people who cannot have the routine treatment, but their dentist will go through the options that are best suited to them personally. 

How does it work? 
A small titanium screw is integrated into a patient’s jawbone where it naturally fuses to the bone itself, making it a permanent and strong structure for a crown to be placed onto. The crowns are very natural looking and feel just like a regular tooth. Depending on a patient’s individual case, the crown will be fitted on the day of surgery or at a later date once the surgical site has healed. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.