There are many reasons adult teeth may need to be replaced. The good news is that dental implant technology can be used to replace missing teeth and restore happy smiles.
A gap-toothed smile is cute on a little person but missing teeth in adults can cause problems. Whether due to an accident or injury, poor gum health, illness or just the wear and tear that comes with age, replacing gaps quickly is a good idea.
Problems from missing teeth
Missing teeth can give a hollowed facial appearance, collapsed lips and cheeks. But there are more serious issues than your appearance.
It can be hard to chew some foods with missing teeth. Gaps along the tooth line can mean other teeth grow into the space. Gaps can also cause instability and additional damage in neighbouring teeth.
The good news is that dental implants offer a fixed solution that over time will bond with surrounding gum and bone tissue to provide a very natural appearance and texture. They are usually not recommended under the age of 17, as the jawline is still developing. But dental implants are a viable option for most adults.
Why should I consider implants?
The decision to choose implants over dentures or other replacement options is personal, but some of the benefits include:
- a more natural appearance
- implants coloured to match surrounding enamel
- a fixed solution; do not slip or come loose
- a much longer-lasting solution; decades if cared for well
- no requirement to remould or refit as your face and jawline change with age
- no need to spend on consumables; denture pastes, cleansers etc
- better support for the natural structure and shape of your face
As well as offering a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance, dental implants are permanently fixed to the jawbone. There is almost no risk of having them come loose at an inopportune moment.
What do I do next?
First, book in with your dentist for a consultation. If you are suitable for dental implants, you will need to have a comprehensive dental examination performed. Implants involve oral surgery, so it is important to ensure there are no existing dental problems that might affect successful treatment.
Your dentist will talk about typical post-treatment procedures for a good recovery, and whether you may need a day or two off work following surgery.
What does an implant cost?
Request is an estimate for the cost of your treatment. Dental implants can be a lifetime solution with good oral healthcare and are an investment in your health and appearance. If the procedure is medically necessary, your health fund may cover some or all of the cost.
The good news is you may be eligible for an interest-free payment plan with National Dental Care’s SmileFund.
SmileFund offers flexible payment terms up to a period of 18 months with only a 20% upfront deposit. It’s a convenient way to get the treatments – and the smile – that you want, without breaking the bank.
To find out more about dental implants for replacing missing teeth or about how SmileFund could help you cover the cost of other dental procedures, call your local National Dental Care practice or lodge an inquiry here.