Many Americans suffer tooth loss, primarily due to tooth decay, dental injury, or periodontal diseases, despite advancements in the field of dental care. The only treatment available to replace missing teeth was bridges and dentures for many years. But, today, thanks to the advancements in dental technology, if you are planning to replace your missing teeth, dental implants come to the rescue.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tiny but strong titanium screw that mimics a tooth root. Dental implants are surgically positioned into the jawbone to act as a support so that the dentist can mount the artificial teeth or any other dental prosthesis to the jaw.
Steps involved in Dental Implants
Once you consult your dentist to get dental implants, the dentist will gather your medical history before going ahead with the procedure.
The various stages involved are as follows:
If you have a damaged tooth, it will be extracted.
Your dentist will conduct a clinical examination via X-rays to assess the bone. If your bone density is not strong enough to support the implant, you may need a bone grafting procedure to offer a solid base for the implant.
- Placement of Dental Implant
Your gum is opened, and holes are drilled into your bone, where the dental implant metal post is inserted deep into the bone. Once this is done, the bone is allowed to heal.
During your next visit, your bone healing is evaluated by taking x-rays. With the process called osseointegration, the jawbone grows and unites with the dental implant to give a solid base for the new artificial tooth. Once the bone is fully healed, your dentist will take an impression of the teeth used to make the crown, bridge, or denture.
When the healing of the bone is complete, the gum is reopened to attach the abutment to the dental implant. Once it is done, the gum tissue is closed, and the patient will be provided with temporary crowns for cosmetic reasons to fill the space where the tooth was removed.
- Artificial Tooth Replacement
During the next step, after the gums are healed, and the jawbone is strong enough to support the artificial tooth, the dentist will attach them to the implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants come with many real-life benefits that include the following:
- Boost your morale and self-confidence: A dental implant looks and functions like a normal tooth. Hence, by replacing your missing tooth, it helps boosts your self-confidence.
- Helps oral health: After a tooth is lost, tilting and shifting of the adjacent teeth to the gap created by the missing tooth can occur. This can lead to a distortion in your dental structure. A dental implant bridges the gap preventing teeth distortion.
- It makes eating and chewing easier: When the teeth have a gap in between, pieces of food can enter the gap, making eating harder and uncomfortable. By replacing your missing tooth, a dental implant can eliminate this discomfort allowing you to eat your favorite foods with ease.
- Improve comfort and convenience: Since dental implants are long-lasting, it eliminates the inconvenience and discomfort of wearing removable dentures that need adhesives to keep them intact.
- Improve speech: Besides offering aesthetics and improving oral health, dental implants allow flawless speech without the fear of teeth slip that can occur with ill-fitting dentures.
Dental implants are very much like real teeth and require the same care. Follow your regular oral hygiene practice that includes brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.
Dental implants can completely change your life, confidence, and comfort level making you feel good about yourself with a natural and beautiful smile.
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