Have you lost teeth do to gum disease, mouth trauma, decay, root canal failure, congenital defects, or just wear and tear? Are your missing teeth affecting the way you talk? Causing you embarrassment when you smile? Or forcing you to change your eating habits? Though there are many available options for the treatment and restoration of missing teeth, wouldn’t it be great to have replacements that look and feel just like the ones you used to have?
Dental implants have proven to be the most effective method for replacing either a single tooth or multiple teeth. These artificial tooth root replacements are formed to look just like the surrounding teeth, making them almost impossible to spot. In addition, dental implants are much more durable than other tooth replacement options such as bridges or dentures. And they’re permanent, so you won’t have to worry about putting them on every morning.
So what should you expect during your dental implant procedure?
First, you will be given local anesthesia to help avoid any pain the surgery might cause. Your highly skilled dentist will drill a small hole in the area where the Implant will be placed. This hole is then widened a bit to allow room for the implant to be accurately put in. Next, a titanium screw is guided into place. This is what holds the dental implant right where it needs to be. After the first screw is installed, a protective cover screw is placed on top of it. This will anchor everything in place correctly, and also allow the Implant to heal perfectly.
Over the next three to six months, the Implant becomes a natural part of your jaw. This Osseointegration process is the most common way to install a dental implant, and also the most successful.
After the Osseointegration is complete, a special post is attached to support the new crown. Impressions are taken, and a crown is created to match your existing teeth. The crown is then installed, and your smile is as good as new.
Once the surgery is complete, dental implants require the same exact care as any of your other teeth. Just make sure to brush and floss regularly, and they will remain in great condition.
Dental implant surgery has been done for years, and has proven to be successful in an overwhelming majority of cases. It’s safe, permanent, and quite simply the most natural looking way to replace any missing teeth you might have.