Dentistry in Australia, as with most areas of healthcare, has seen steady improvement over the last decades. Every year, millions of people in Australia experience various degrees of periodontal disease and tooth decay.
With a population that is both growing and ageing, an ever-increasing number of people are becoming affected by tooth loss. Unlike the past, treatments other than bridges and dentures are available, and these treatments include realistic and long-lasting digital dental implants.
Besides the mechanical functions our teeth serve, their loss can have other implications, the most obvious being aesthetic. The psychological and social effects of unsightly gaps should be taken seriously, because the way we look affects the way we feel!
Other health issues can arise from significant tooth loss. For example, if you are missing some of your molars, the front teeth can become compressed, sometimes being pushed forward because they were not designed to support facial height nor to chew food. In extreme cases, lips can sag leading to an aged appearance because the lips and cheeks are being unsupported by teeth and gum tissues. Bone loss can occur, shrinking your gums and further ageing your appearance.
What Are Digital Dental Implants?
Dental implants hold your teeth in place, essentially like the roots of your natural teeth do. Implants are small biocompatible titanium posts, that are surgically positioned into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or dentures.
Once the dental implant is embedded in your jawbone, osseointegration begins. The bone surrounding the implant begins to weave fibres around the titanium post, forming a very strong bond to hold it in place.
Implants fuse to your jawbone and provide firm support for prosthetic teeth. Once implants are in place and the site has healed, your dentist can mount your replacement artificial teeth onto them.
The DIO dental implants system takes advantage of modern technology to allow for a fully digital implant system. From scanning to planning and manufacture, the fully digital system allows for detailed analysis of every aspect of the planned procedure.
Digital implant technology uses 3D computer models of your jawbone to allow for precise placement. The DIO dental implants process simplifies the procedure, and can dramatically shorten your time in the dental chair. The decrease in the amount of time spent in surgery reduces the risk of infection, leading to speedier post-surgical recovery.
Is Digital Dental Implant Surgery Less Painful Than Traditional Implants?
The 3D CT imaging used in digital surgery provides precise information about the bone condition and the position of the nerve. Using traditional dental implant surgery, the dentist must make a large incision along your gum line all the way to the bone.
By using computer-guided digital implant technology, the implant is placed without raising the gingival flap, so there is less trauma to the site, and it does not require sutures, reducing bleeding, swelling and recovery time.
Because digital implant technology results in less bleeding and swelling after dental surgery, patients with conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes may be suitable candidates for treatment.
When teeth are harmed by tooth decay or injury, digital dental implants can restore the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. Once dental implants have been placed, they can be considered permanent because they are designed to last without cracking or breaking.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Having the functionality of your teeth restored with the next best option to natural teeth.
- Improving the overall aesthetics of your smile.
- They can improve your speech as they are much closer to natural teeth and easier to speak with than traditional dentures.
- They help retain your facial structure by supporting the jawbone and other facial features.
- They are easier to eat with than traditional dentures, and are strong enough to withstand biting into all foods.
- With dental implants, you no longer have to worry about cavities although you should still have regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure the implants and your gums are being kept as clean and healthy as possible.
- Digital dental implants can help keep your other teeth in their correct positions and don’t allow pressure to build which displaces teeth.
- Digital dental implants will not fall out when you laugh, sneeze, eat or cough like many traditional dentures do, saving you from embarrassment.
- Digital dental implants last much longer than dentures and fixed bridges. Although the crown may need replacement, they can last a decade or more if you look after them properly.
- When compared to traditional insert methods, there are several additional benefits to digital dental implants. Because of the modern advances in imaging, scanning, and computing, the entire process can be streamlined, resulting in fewer visits required and much greater precision.
- There is less disturbance to sensitive gum tissue as surgery is performed without incisions or stitches. This also results in a shorter procedure.
- The DIO dental implants process results in less pain and inconvenience with far greater patient satisfaction.
Digital Dental Implants are Preferred Over a Bridge or Dentures
Many of our patients prefer dental implants over traditional removable dentures or a fixed bridge due to comfort, aesthetics, and quality of life. The placement of a conventional tooth-supported bridge usually requires grinding of adjacent healthy teeth on either side of the gap to support the prosthetic tooth.
Often, ordinary bridges and dentures can feel uncomfortable. In some instances, they can trigger a gag reflex. Patients are more likely to develop an allergy to the metallic components used in conventional dentures, and it is also possible to suffer a reaction to the acrylic that is commonly used in their manufacture.
A dental bridge and dentures require maintenance, and need to be replaced every few years due to wear and tear and the changing shape of your gums due to bone loss and age. Unlike regular dentures or bridges, dental implants will not shift or slip which is a significant benefit, especially when talking or eating, and they feel and look more comfortable and natural.
At Dentistry on Solent, your oral health and wellness are important to us. Call our practice on (02) 9158 6137 for more information or to set up a consultation to discover how digital dental implants can transform your smile.