Dental Implants can replace the natural root your tooth/teeth had. It is a prosthetic devise like an artificial joint, only used for implantation dentistry. The implant will secure the fake tooth or multiple teeth (four on one) and by maintaining pressure on the jawbone it will stop bone loss to the jawbone.
Losing teeth has devastating effects on people, resulting in loss of confidence in smiling and social activities. Lost teeth affect which foods people chose, often leading to eating too many soft foods which are easy to chew but detrimental to health and oral hygiene
Dental ImplantsDental Implants are the ONLY solution that is exactly like having the original teeth replaced. Dentures and bridges do not even come close to the original tooth feeling restore jawbone and mouth stability to eat any kind of food with no hindrances on what they can chew. Restoring the teeth prevents jaw bone loss and is critical to keep facial features as they should be. Facial features which are affected heavily are the lip line and cheeks with bone loss from a missing tooth are visible shrunken and unattractive. Dental Implants can actually help you stay thin, by helping you eat the right fresh foods!
What causes tooth loss?
Common reasons that lead to teeth loss, this is important as if you show any signs of these teeth problems it’s important to see your dentist to solve them before implantation becomes required to save your teeth and smile
- Tooth decay and enamel erosion
- Failure of a root canal procedure
- Mouth trauma- (tooth injury)
- Congenital defects
- Gum retraction (gum disease)
The Three Steps to Getting Dental Implants
Implants Step One: Meet With Your Dentist
Oral conditions need to be assed with your dentist; he will examine oral tissues, bone density and your overall suitability to identify what needs to happen in order for you to be a good candidate for dental implantation. Patients with excessive jaw bone or gum loss will require dental surgery involving grafting to qualify for replacement teeth secured by a titanium tooth post system. Bone loss is expensive and with dental implants getting them sooner vs later is a much better idea.
Dental Implants Step Two: Oral Surgery to Attach the Artificial Root (implant)
- Jaw Bone Preparation to accept dental implants
- Your oral surgeon will drill a small hole in the jaw bone based on the X-rays and CT scans that were prepared during your consultation. The hole will hold the titanium screw which will hold the artificial tooth in the future. Dental implants require an expert oral surgeon to properly judge the perfect depth, with and placement of the dental implant post.
- Inserting the Implant
- Once the jawbone is prepared with the pilot hole, the dental surgeon will place the implant post into position in the jaw. Gum tissue is then laid over the post to keep the dental patient from getting irritation or infection at the implant site. Traditional dental implants will be left to fuse to the jaw bone for up to 6 months; the actual tooth holder is a two part process, the second part the post that sticks up above the jaw surface is added once the implant screw is fused to the bone. One day implants for example take a different approach, in this dental procedure you will leave with the abutment (post) and a temporary crown in place on the same day. Several weeks to months later you return to get the permanent crown.
Dental Implants Step Three: Recovering After Implant Surgery
Dental implants are usually associated with mild pain recovery periods you may be given prescription pain medication by our dentist to help you be more comfortable the immediate days post implant surgery. Full healing time from the oral surgery will vary greatly between which type of implant used, Traditional implant(s), one hour implants or possibly even mini dental implants. Regular dentist office appointments are considered mandatory and important to make sure the implant is seating properly and that the gums are attaching correctly to your new tooth. Dental implants will require life long care and can last up to 40 years. Dental implants are a much better idea and long term health choice over dentures or bridges.