Dental implants are known to boost the appearance and confidence of patients wishing to permanently replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth, but they can actually do a lot more than improve one’s aesthetics. Dental implants most importantly restore natural function and prevent a series of detrimental oral problems from occurring.
Unlike ill-fitting dentures with messy glues, dental implants allow patients to speak clearly and to confidently enunciate words. There are no embarrassing clicking noises, irksome wobbles or fears that their newly replaced teeth will fall out and be exposed.
Likewise, the same goes for laughing and eating. Most people who wear dentures are constantly worrying their dentures will noticeably slip and slide if they giggle or attempt to chew certain foods. This can severely affect their confidence, drastically impacting their nutritional intake.
Dental implants, on the other hand, encourage patients to comfortably eat a wide and varied diet. There aren’t any food restrictions, so patients can enjoy eating their favourite foods that they may have had to give up. They can delight in savouring natural tastes because there’s no need to have restrictive material in the roof of their mouth for support as dentures do. These materials are known to impair taste receptors, as well as the quality of masticating and digesting food effectively.
Another plus is that dental implants can prevent jaw degeneration because they stimulate bone growth and do not sacrifice the quality of neighbouring teeth. When one loses a tooth, a major problem they face is a weakening jaw bone. The soft tissue begins to collapse, causing surrounding teeth to move out of their normal position. Eventually, the teeth that lack support can fall out, resulting in more gaps and an uneven bite.
Crossbites, underbites and overbites mean teeth no longer fit together properly. These can lead to all sorts of undesirable problems, from headaches and gum irritability to grinding and excessive pressure, which leads to worn-down teeth. Filling a smile’s gaps immediately with dental implants can prevent further breakdown and jaw misplacement. Dental implants don’t rely on grinding down neighbouring teeth for support, so the patient’s whole set of pearly whites are bound to stay in position, which can potentially rule out needing orthodontic braces later.
Clearly, all of these aesthetic and functional advantages of dental implants have made the treatment a standard for teeth replacement in today’s times. The even better news is that the modern implant has constantly received design improvements since it was first introduced to the world by Swedish Professor Per-Invar Brånemark in 1965.
The latest and greatest is the All-on-4 dental implant technique, which offers all of the outlined advantages. As the name suggests, the time-saving procedure provides patients with an immediate full bridge of teeth that are supported by just four implants.
Patients can benefit by having the procedure completed in less than one day. What’s more is that the rehabilitation time is fast and uncomplicated. Unless teeth need minimal remodelling due to post-operative changes, patients are free to live their life according to their normal at-home oral care practices: twice-daily flossing and brushing, coupled with a biannual dental assessment.
In New South Wales, the innovators and leaders in the All-on-4 field are the Sydney Implant Institute. Located in Macquarie Street in the CBD, their dental surgeons have perfected and streamlined this highly evolved technique to the benefit of their patients. The Sydney Implant Institute offers complimentary consultations and X-rays, and conducts free patient seminars.
Schedule a consultation with Sydney Implant Institution today if you have any concerns regarding missing teeth, have recently lost a tooth or simply want to learn more.