Dental implants may be an excellent way to permanently replace a dead tooth and restore your beautiful smile. At Creating Dental Excellence, we specialize in dental implants and can help you decide if getting them is the best course of action for your dental health.
If you’re ashamed of your smile because you have missing teeth, you’re not alone. Most American adults exhibiting signs of advanced gum disease also experience tooth loss. Other reasons for missing teeth include trauma, extractions, and severe decay. Dental implants are a type of cosmetic dentistry that improves both your smile and your oral health.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a wonderful solution for replacing missing teeth. Having missing teeth increases your risk for gum disease and bone loss in the jawbone. As a result, the remaining teeth shift, loosen, and may also fall out. Dental implants can prevent this from occurring by strengthening the jawbone and keeping the bite properly aligned, preserving a healthy smile. Dental implants look natural, creating an appealing, attractive appearance. They also improve functionality, alleviating problems with eating and speaking that often arise when teeth are missing.
Would I Benefit From Dental Implants?
Generally, anyone healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction or oral surgery can receive dental implants. If you have missing teeth or bothersome dentures, implants can be an excellent alternative; however, proper dental hygiene is essential in keeping the implants intact. Also, patients should have enough bone to hold the implant, as well as healthy gums.
Advantages Of Dental Implants
To put it simply, dental implants are replacement tooth roots that are used to house artificial teeth. Since they look and feel like natural teeth, they can improve your smile and even your speech. Compared to dentures, implants are more comfortable as they actually become a part of you; over time the implants will fuse to your jawbone, stabilizing it and preventing bone loss. They are also more convenient; you never have to worry about removing them to eat, and with today's technological advances, they can last a lifetime.
Dental Implant Procedure
The implantation procedure involves three stages. Stage one involves surgically burying the implant underneath the gum and flush with the bone. Stage two involves connecting a post to the implant and penetrating it through the gum line. After stage two, a patient's gum will heal around the post, also called an abutment, in preparation for the final stage. Stage three involves fabricating and connecting a prosthetic tooth to the implant.
What to Expect
In the first phase of the dental implant procedure, a titanium post will be embedded into your jawbone while you are under sedation. The post mimics a real tooth root and bonds to the bone in your jaw, which in turn keeps your jaw strong. After healing for several weeks, the post is capped with a porcelain crown, which looks, feels, and acts as a natural tooth.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing teeth, dental implants could be an option if you have healthy gums and enough bone density in the jaw to support the implants. In some cases, the jawbone can be rebuilt before the implant procedure. Dental implants are not recommended for children and adolescents whose jawbones are still growing, women who are pregnant, those who have received high-dose radiation treatment to the head and neck, and people with chronic diseases or who take certain medications. It's also important to have a commitment to good oral hygiene to maintain the health of your mouth after the implants.
If you are interested in dental implants, the first step is to visit our dentists for a thorough evaluation. They will be happy to see you at the office and get you on the way to a better smile.