What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implants are an effective method of replacing missing teeth. A dental implant functions as an artificial tooth root that is surgically inserted into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth securely.
Dental implants can even support dentures or bridges and are indistinguishable from your natural teeth once properly fitted for your mouth.
Implants can be an excellent option for those who have missing teeth due to disease or accident/injury. It may also be an alternative for those who find wearing dentures uncomfortable or have difficulty keeping their other teeth intact due to missing teeth.
Why should you replace your missing teeth?
Though a gap in your tooth may not bother you as much, there are other reasons why you should consider dental implants.
- Bone loss may occur due to surrounding teeth becoming loose over time
- Loss of teeth and bone may change your facial structure
- Missing teeth may affect how you eat and speak
- Teeth surrounding the gap may begin to shift affecting your bite leading to other dental issues
What Type of Prosthesis Are Available?
We provide a variety of prostheses to suit your dental needs. A single crown can be used to replace a missing tooth. If several teeth are missing, a fixed bridge can be used to secure several implants. If you wish to replace all the teeth along your upper or lower jaw, we offer complete dental prostheses, such as dentures.
During your consultation, we will discuss the number of implants required to help you achieve your desired results. We offer both removal and fixed prostheses.
What Is The Procedure?
Various kinds of dental implants are available, depending on your needs. Treatment can take a day or several months, so it is important to speak with your dentist to discuss which type of implant is right for you.
The procedure for dental implants has three general steps:
Placement of the Implant
Your dentist will determine where the implant should be installed with the help of x-rays and other tests. He will then surgically place the implant into the jawbone. You may experience swelling and tenderness after the surgery
A dental implant is secure because the post is fused to your jawbone. This allows your bone to grow around the post as it heals, creating a firm and sturdy bond similar to that of your natural teeth. Bones take time to heal, so it may take several months before you can receive a replacement tooth.
However, some may receive temporary replacement teeth earlier. The healing process is different for everyone because it depends on the patient, condition of the jaw, location of the implant, and type.
Placement of Prosthesis
Once your jaw has healed, your dentist will remove the temporary teeth and replace them with custom-made teeth designed to look, feel, and act like natural teeth. These custom-made dental crowns or teeth will match in size, shape, and color to your other teeth for a natural appearance.
In some cases, an immediate implant can be placed the same day as your tooth extraction. This allows for minimal disruption in the patient’s life and expedited treatment time.
Dental implants should be treated the same as your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly at home, along with routine exams by your dentist will help keep your teeth plaque-free and clean.
What If I Need A Bone Graft?
Facial bone structure is important to your dental health for several reasons. The jaw and facial bones support the muscles and other soft tissues responsible for the outward appearance and functionality of our jaw and teeth. Many restorative dental procedures such as implants, require strong and healthy bone structure to support restorations for optimal recovery and success.
If you do not have enough bone to provide sufficient foundation for your implants. We may recommend bone grafting. Bone grafting is a procedure designed to restore bone loss in the jaw. These procedures are commonly performed following tooth loss, tooth extraction, severe gum disease, or significant trauma.
During the procedure, a section of bone or a special bone grafting material is grafted into your jawbone so your jaw can become strong enough to support your dental restorations.
For more information on dental implants and our services or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (407) 682-5757.