If you have missing teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause discomfort. Your jaws can shift and cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime.
An implant is a tooth replacement that acts as a stable anchor to hold a replacement tooth. It is composed of three parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of your missing root. The second part is the tooth-colored crown that is connected on top of the implant, with an abutment or post, in between these two main parts. Once the implant, abutment and crown are in place, it looks just like your natural tooth.
In addition to single tooth replacement, implants may also be used to anchor full dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when one talks or chews.
Losing a tooth can be disheartening when you’re an adult. With dental implants, no one will suspect that you were once missing a tooth.
A complete understanding of the dental implant process can help you weigh your dental restoration options. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect from the dental implant procedure.
After determining that you are a good candidate for a dental implant, we will refer you to an oral surgeon for this procedure. Your oral surgeon will insert a screw-like titanium implant in place of your once missing tooth. You will be anesthetized during this step, ensuring that you are as comfortable as possible.
Over the next six months or so, the implant will fuse to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Once the implant is fully fused to the bone, you will be ready for the abutment, which is what the crown will eventually sit on.
Once your gums have successfully healed around the abutment, your dentist will place the crown, or artificial tooth, on top. Your crown will be custom-made to fit into your mouth and match the color of your existing teeth.
Though they may be more expensive than other dental restoration options, dental implants are definitely worth it. There are many advantages that implants possess over competing restorations.
Though dentures and bridges are perfectly fine restorative options, a dental implant is the only permanent solution.
No Dietary Restrictions
If you opt for a dental bridge, you’ll likely need to avoid particularly gummy foods. A dental implant, on the other hand, is firmly rooted into your mouth, and will not limit your diet in any way.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. In addition to eating whatever you want, you can brush and floss your dental implant just as you would your other teeth.
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