Dental implants offer a secure and attractive option for replacing missing teeth. Rather than struggling with placing and maintaining a denture or placing a dental bridge, you can enjoy the benefits of a realistic prosthetic bonded to the bone. Implants become a part of your body in much the same way as a natural tooth.
A dental implant is a manmade screw-like device that is surgically placed into the jawbone, allowing a customized crown to be placed on top of it. This offers not only the cosmetic benefit of restoring your smile, but many practical and health improvements not offered by other methods of replacing teeth. Often made of titanium, they are strong and durable, and can last for a lifetime.
Why Get A Dental Implant?
- Replace a lost tooth or teeth
- Improved appearance of your smile
- Prevent joint pain or bite issues from shifting teeth
- Correct problems with chewing, eating, and talking
- Prevent misalignment/collapse of facial tissues
What is the Procedure for Placing Dental Implants?
Dental implants are surgically implanted and integrated into the body, so the process will take time, spanning over several visits spaced months apart. To begin, your dentist will gather x-rays and impressions of your jaw and teeth. This allows for potential problems to be detected before work begins and for your implant to be tailor-made for a perfect fit.
Once your implants have been crafted from these impressions, your dentist will administer anesthesia and surgically place them in your jaw. At this point, you will need to heal and allow your body to complete osseointegration (or bonding) with the implant before the process can proceed. It can take up to six months for ideal healing to be achieved.
Once the implants have effectively become part of your body, an abutment and crown can be attached to each one. To ensure that your new prosthetic teeth are an ideal fit, you may need to return for adjustments and fitting sessions over the next month or two. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the result, the artificial teeth are permanently attached to the implants to provide stability, comfort, and visual appeal.
Once the implant is placed, you will be given care instructions to ensure you keep your implants in good care. For the most part, they are treated as a natural tooth is. Following good oral hygiene practices, eating right, and keeping up with regular dental exams will keep your implants in peak condition.
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