Despite advances in dentistry, millions of Americans experience tooth loss, the majority of which is caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. Bridges and dentures were the only treatment options available to people with missing teeth for many years. However, dental implants are now available.
Dental implants can be called artificial tooth roots placed in the mouth to replace missing teeth. Implants serve as a solid foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth customized to match your natural teeth.
Dental implants have numerous advantages, including the following:
Dental implants have the appearance and feel of natural teeth. Additionally, they become permanent due to their design to fuse with the bone.
Enhancement of speech. Dentures that cannot be adequately fixed can cause the teeth to slip within the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants enable you to speak freely without fear of teeth falling.
Implants eliminate the discomfort associated with removable dentures because they become a natural part of you.
Easier to eat. Sliding dentures can obstruct chewing. Dental implants function identically to natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods confidently and painlessly.
Dental implants can improve your self-esteem.
Dental implants do not cause the reduction of adjacent teeth, as does a tooth-supported bridge. Because no teeth adjacent to the implant are altered to support it, more of your natural teeth remain intact, thereby improving your long-term oral health. Additionally, individual implants facilitate access between teeth, which improves oral hygiene.
Implants are highly durable and will last an extended period. Many implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
Removable dentures, as the name implies, are removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassment associated with denture removal and the need for messy adhesives to secure dentures in place.
A dental implant can be considered in most cases if the patient is healthy enough to have a routine extraction or oral surgery. The patient must have solid gums and sufficient bone to support the implant. Patients must also be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental appointments. Individually evaluated are heavy smokers, patients with uncontrolled chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, and those who have received radiation therapy to their neck/head area. Talk to your dental surgeon if you are interested in implants.
The first step in getting dental implants is to come up with a treatment plan that fits your needs. The program is tailored to your needs and is made by a team of well-versed in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team works together to give you the best care possible, based on the best implant option for you.
When the tooth root implant, made of titanium, has been put in the bone where a tooth used to be, it’s time to put it in the crown. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the metal post implanted in the jaw. This puts the post-stay in place. As time goes on, the healing process can last from six to 12 weeks.
As long as you have the dental implant, you won’t have to worry about your teeth again. You can talk to the dentist at Timber Dental Care about dental implants. You can also make an appointment to get a free consultation. Everyone who works in the dental field is always there to help answer any questions you may have.