The Comprehensive Treatment for Missing Teeth
There Is Really One Comprehensive, Long-Term Solution for Missing Teeth
If by accident or injury you lose a tooth we would highly recommend replacing a missing tooth.
There is more to replacing missing teeth than just aesthetics. Replacing a missing tooth has a host of health benefits. Unlike other restorative treatments for missing teeth, dental implants replace the whole tooth, not just the crown. Actually, the dental implant replaces the tooth root and the prosthetic tooth is then attached to the dental implant.
Dental Implants and the Health of Your Jaw…
One of the reasons dental implants are the best restorative treatment is because they replace the tooth root. With dentures or bridges (at least ones that aren’t secured with dental implants) they do look after your teeth but not your overall oral health. Dental implants differ because they ensure the health of your jaw, gums and teeth.
When you lose a tooth the bone that holds the tooth root slowly starts to dissolve. Once this has gone it does not grow back. After a time, your jawbone will start to shrink and this can cause further tooth loss.
With the insertion of a dental implant, your jawbone will bond to the implant, thus strengthening your jaw and proving and strong and sturdy tooth root for the prosthetic tooth replacement.
The Health of Your Jaw and Your Overall Health…
There has been a considerable amount of research performed in the last five years about the relationship between oral health and overall health.
Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss?
Have you heard that there’s a link between poor oral health and poor overall health?
In one recent study a heart surgeon discussed the link between chronic inflammation and heart disease. You see, inflammation in normal amounts is good it’s our body’s way of fighting infection and foreign bodies. But too much is harmful. According to this heart surgeon chronic inflammation can cause a buildup of cholesterol, which can cause heart problems.
What this got to do with your oral health, or missing teeth?
Chronic inflammation can travel through your bloodstream into the rest of your body. If you’ve got gum disease or trauma in your mouth it can spread through to the rest of your body and cause other severe problems.
Dental Implants and Your Oral Health…
At Bruce Stevens Dental in Cairns we use Nobel Biocare implants. Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jaw. It will take a number of months for your jaw to heal around the implant. Once it has, we can use the CEREC machine to custom make you a porcelain crown that will be attached to the dental implant.
The CEREC machine allows the team of Bruce Stevens Dental to make porcelain restorations in just one appointment. Using the CEREC machine we will create a crown that matches the rest of your teeth in colour and shade. Where the dental implant looks after your jaw, the crown looks after the rest of your teeth and your bite alignment.
For more information on our dental implant dentistry, or to book an appointment at our Cairns dental practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.