As people age and live their lives joyfully, it is almost inevitable that teeth are lost due to accidents, decay or ailing health. That is why so many people seek dental implants in Melbourne in order to regain that smile they were familiar with before tooth loss occurred.
It is said that gum disease is the most common reason for tooth loss and affects a massive 20% of Australian adults. Gum disease is caused by the same bacteria that causes dental decay and can be prevented with an optimal at-home oral health routine and regular visit to the dentist.
Some people are more at risk of gum disease than others, especially those who are on certain medications that suppress the immune system, if they have diabetes or if they smoke. People who fall within one or more of these categories should visit the dentist at least once every 6 months in order for the dentist to monitor their oral health and to catch any changes in the quality of their teeth and gums early.
What can be done about a smile once tooth loss has occurred?
There are plenty of options available for people who have lost one tooth or all of their teeth over the course of their lifetimes which are natural looking, which feel natural and can be treated just like regular, natural teeth.
These implants can also maintain jaw bone health, where otherwise the bone begins to break down, causing issues with other teeth, with facial structure and premature ageing.
What can someone expect from a consultation regarding this procedure?
A patient has the opportunity to discuss the procedure with their dentist during a consultation, bringing to light and uncertainties or fears that they might have and sharing their potential hopes for the outcomes to see if they are aligned to what reality can provide.
A dentist will discuss all of the treatment options that are best suited to a patient’s individual and unique case, explaining each situation carefully and highlighting all potential risks and benefits that are associated with each choice.
This planning stage is very important for both the patient and the dentist in order to agree on a situation and have an understanding of one another before moving forward.
After discussion, the dentist will then have a thorough examination both inside the mouth and the surrounding facial structure to determine jawbone, teeth and gum health. At this time, a full medical history is also required.
During the consultation day, there may be an opportunity to take photos and wax molds for study. Some x-rays will also be taken if required and a CT scan may be required in order to accurately assess a patient’s individual case.
After this preliminary and in-depth consultation, a full report and treatment plan will provide a patient with all the information that they need on the stages to go ahead, including cost, additional recommendations and timeframes.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.