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Missing a tooth?

Have you recently lost a tooth but are unsure on how to have them replaced? Maybe you are unsure about which dental treatments are available to help replace your teeth and restore your smile? If you can relate, then why not visit your local dental practice to find out what dental treatments within restorative dentistry are available for you.

How a dentist can replace a missing tooth

If you have a missing tooth, it is recommended you visit a dental practice as soon as possible, so that an experienced dentist can assess your teeth and provide the suitable restorative dental treatment. One option which may be recommended for you is to have dentures. A removable replacement for teeth, dentures are typically made of hard wearing material such as plastic, metal or nylon which are made to mimic the look of your teeth. Dentures are made from impressions of your current teeth structure that are taken by a dentist and sent to a dental laboratory, where they are designed. They work by fitting comfortably over your gums and provide a natural appearance. Dentures not only assist in enhancing the appearance of your teeth but can also help to prevent problems with speech, eating and with your facial structure and/or jaw bone.

One of the advantages of having dentures is that as they are removable;you can take them off to clean which reduces the risk of infection, bad breath and gum disease. If, however, you are looking for a more permanent solution to replace your missing teeth, you may want to consider having dental implants Mebourne.

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What you need to know about oral implants

Before starting any form of dental treatment, it is important for you to have a consultation with an appropriately qualified dentist. This is important as it allows the dentist or treatment coordinator to explain to you the dental treatment in full and it also gives you the chance to raise any concerns you may have. This is usually followed by a clinical assessment, which involves taking x-rays and scans in order to help determine whether the treatment is suitable for you.

Another form of restorative dentistry, oral implants Melbourne are a permanent solution for those who may be missing either a tooth or several teeth. These implants are made usually of titanium and are fitted via a surgical procedure under local anesthetic in order to numb the mask. This procedure usually requires two visits to the dental practice.

At your first visit to the practice, a dentist will make a small incision in your gum in order to drill a small hole into your jaw bone. Following this, the tooth implant will be inserted into the small hole. You will then be advised to wait for a period of between four to eight months in order for the oral implant to fuse with the jaw bone. During this waiting period, a temporary tooth will be fitted onto the implant.

When you return back to the dental practice for the second time, this will be when your permanent replacement tooth will be fitted onto the implant. The permanent tooth will be made to match your remaining teeth leaving you with a natural look.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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