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Dental Implants: a dentistry game changer

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When patients hear the term dental implants, they usually associate it with lengthy and painful—not to mention expensive treatment. But the truth of the matter is there are a number of different uses for implants - and not all of them require you to spend hours in a chair, in a world of pain while re-mortgaging your house to pay for it. While it is true that patients who already have a mouth full of dentures may require radical work when it comes to having dental implants, more often than not I find I am required to replace only one or two teeth around the mouth, making for a far ...

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Will a dental implant work for me?

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When you want to have missing teeth replaced, you don’t necessarily need to resort to dentures. Dental implants offer a more comfortable way to replace teeth that you’ve lost from decay, trauma or other dental problems. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for them.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium post that goes into your jawbone. After the bone fuses to the post, your dentist attaches a connecting piece to it and places a replacement tooth on it. Dental implants hold artificial teeth in place securely, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out. These implants are simple to care for and help you ...

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The connection between dentists and dental specialists

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Patients are referred by dentists to the appropriate dental specialist when more challenging procedures need specialist care. I know it would be great if your dentist could fix everything, but sometimes it just isn't possible. A dental specialist is trained to focus on a particular area of dentistry and oral health.

More than one type of dental specialist exists

Think of it as going to see a mechanic. After considering the problem, the mechanic may send you off to a gearbox mechanic to get your gearbox fixed. They wont do everything themselves. They're called specialists because they offer specialised services. If you're wondering if one dental specialist is the most common, truth ...

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The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants vs Dentures

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With modern advancements in dental techniques, dentures are no longer the only option to settle when you want to replace missing teeth. Patients who have lost one or more teeth tell us they feel embarrassed and even self-conscious about their smile. Some people even try not to laugh in public in case the gap is visible. Missing teeth can also lead to a host of other problems such as discomfort and difficulties while speaking or eating.

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Why Dr Ward Is So Interested In Dental Implants

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We’d definitely recommend thinking about dental implants when considering tooth replacement options. Patients might have a sense that implants are expensive, or perhaps they have a reputation as a purely cosmetic option—but at an average cost of around $4500, they compare well to other procedures, and have a lot of functional advantages.

If we look at the alternatives then hopefully we can create a clearer picture of why implants might be the way to go.

What are the Alternatives?

Obviously, when there’s a gap in your teeth the cheapest option is to do nothing. In that case you might lose some bone when the tooth is extracted. That loss of bone might ...

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