If you are like the majority of adults who have a missing tooth or teeth, you have probably at some point looked into having those gaps filled.
A gap-free smile is beneficial to your overall oral health. Gaps in teeth can allow plaque to accumulate, leading to cavities and gum disease. Yikes!
So, should you go for a fitted bridge or a partial denture? What if there was a way to have the visual benefits of natural teeth without having to lose the security that comes with them? If this is what you want most in a set of prosthetic teeth, then dental implants from Wagga may be just what you are looking for.
Never heard of them? Read on for a very simplified guide to how dental teams fit them and how you need to look after them post-fitting.
If you are given the green light, a date will be set for the fitting! It is worth noting that not all dentists can offer oral implants, so the first thing you need to do is find a licensed practitioner who has the knowledge and qualifications needed to fit them.
Then, you will be asked to attend an initial consultation.
This is to enable the dental team to assess the condition of your jaw bone and your physical and oral health in general. To do this, they will usually perform X-Rays and other tests to confirm suitability.
The surgery or fitting
To fit oral implants, your mouth will be numbed and your dental team will make some minor incisions into your gum line.
Peeling the gum back to expose the bone, a small hole will be drilled in a preset location that was chosen at the consultation. Following this, something that looks like a small titanium screw (the implant) will be placed into the hole and the gum will be sewn up around it to secure it in place. And voila! You have just had an oral implant fitted!
At home, you will need to adhere to a careful cleaning regimen to prevent your implant from becoming infected while also looking after your other teeth.
Many dentists recommend rinsing the area with salt water up to 4 times a day to keep it clean and will advise eating soft, healthy food. You should only begin eating harder foods if your dentist gives you the green light to do so at the follow-up appointments.
There is a period of around 3-6 months that follows the placement of an implant and the attachment of the prosthetic tooth or teeth. This is to allow the implant to fuse to the jaw.
Using X-Rays, your dentist will confirm the fusing and will then seek to fix the prosthetic. This can be done in one sitting and doesn’t require any numbing agents.
Once fitted, with correct aftercare, your implant and prosthetic can last the rest of your life. Fantastic!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.