Dental Implants: The First Step in a smile makeover
Dental implants are often what make the biggest difference to the appearance of your smile. Begin on a journey towards a new smile and a new you – no matter what age.
Tooth loss is a common problem in Australia, with most people over 60 losing at least one tooth. With modern diets tooth loss is becoming more and more common, with dental hygiene often falling by the wayside. This leaves 75% of people regretting not taking better care of their smile when they get older.
Most common reason for tooth loss in people UNDER 40
For younger generations accidents and dental emergencies are common causes of tooth loss – with most often only one or two teeth missing. In some cases where a tooth is chipped because of an accident then a restorative crown may be the best solution. However, if the whole tooth—root and all—is missing then you will most likely require a dental implant.
In some cases younger people will require an extraction if tooth decay is beyond assistance, even with a root canal. This is becoming more and more common with carbonated drinks like coca cola becoming a staple part of young Australians’ diets at a younger age every year.
Most common reason for tooth loss in people OVER 40
People over 40 (and especially 50-60 year olds) are at a much higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. This is due to a number of reasons including:
- The teeth have been subject to food and alcohol for longer – therefore there is a higher risk of decay
- Circulation may start to weaken, which results in less saliva and a higher risk of bacteria which causes decay and gum disease
- Some older people forget how important it is to take care of their teeth – dental pain, tooth decay and gum disease is a problem at any age
So what can I do about tooth loss?
Dr Bruce Stevens offers dental implant treatment in Cairns, at his advanced dental practice. This is a restorative dental procedure which can also be part of a smile makeover to fully improve the appearance of your smile.
Dental implants are small titanium fixtures which are inserted into your jawbone. They act as a prosthetic root to replace your natural tooth and adhere to your jawbone permanently in a process called osseointegration. An implant crown will also be fitted to your implant with an abutment, this will replace the visible part of your tooth and blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Going beyond implants: Teeth Whitening and Veneers
If you not only want to replace missing teeth, but want to achieve a flawless smile then you may be suitable for a smile makeover with teeth whitening or veneers. This can allow you to make the most of your new smile, achieved at our dental practice in Cairns.
For more about our cosmetic dental procedures or restorative dental procedures please make an enquiry online.