Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace one or a few missing teeth.
In the past, the main procedure for replacing lost teeth was through bridges. Unfortunately, bridges use the strength of neighboring teeth for support, which can damage the health of the rest of your teeth. Dental implants have no such drawbacks.
Whether you lost your teeth due to disease, from a shock or injury (like a car crash) or due to tooth decay, dental implants can help. After completing a dental implant procedure by one of the premiere dentists, you’ll be able to speak and eat normally again.
Casual observers won’t be able to tell the difference between an implanted tooth and a regular tooth. In fact, in some cases the implanted tooth will look even better than your normal teeth. You don’t have to feel ashamed of smiling or eating any longer.
What Does the Process Look Like?
We start each dental implant procedure with the surgical planning phase. In this phase, we use a variety of tools to map out your dental architecture in detail. We identify the best spots in your bone structure to place the implants, as well as identify key nerves to avoid during the procedure.
Once we’ve mapped out exactly how the procedure should proceed, we’ll set a time for you to come in for the actual operation. A small metal titanium rod, called the root implant is then placed in the bone socket of where your tooth used to be.
Then some time is taken to allow your jawbone to heal around this root implant. Generally after the procedure you can expect a healing time table of about 2 to 6 months before loading the implant.
Once the jawbone has healed around the root implant, it essentially becomes part of your bone architecture. Now we create a new tooth for you, designed to create the perfect bite and set of teeth. This replacement tooth is then attached to an abdument, which is a connector which attaches to the root implant.
The color of your implant can be made to match the rest of your teeth exactly so it doesn’t stand out at all. Anesthesia is used throughout the whole procedure, so you’ll feel very little pain. Instead, you’ll experience the whole procedure more as numbness and tingling. Many people report that it’s less painful to have a dental implant done than it is to have a tooth extracted.
“Do I Qualify for a Dental Implants?”
If you’re healthy enough to go through a regular dental extraction, you’re likely healthy enough to go through the dental implants procedure.
In order to qualify, you need to have disease-free gums and to have strong enough bones to keep the implants in place. That means the most people will qualify, though an initial consultation will be required to ensure that you fit all the requirements.
If you have special health concerns, such as heart disease or diabetes, your case may have to be evaluated on a special case basis.
By and large, 90%+ of people who want to get dental implants procedures will qualify.
Caring for Dental Implants
Caring for dental implants means developing healthy dental habits, especially if you lost your former tooth due to lack of care.
Dental implants need to be cared for just like regular teeth. You need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss to clean between your teeth and brush your gums for maximum gum health.
In addition, you also need to get regular dental visits. While some people skip dental visits, once you have a dental implant getting regular checkups by your dentist becomes a necessity rather than a luxury.
If you need to replace a lost tooth, there’s no procedure better than getting a dental implant. It’ll help improve your speech, improve the comfort of your mouth, help build your self-image and self-esteem, make eating easier and last for decades, perhaps even for a lifetime with proper care.
Dental implants are a very tricky and complex procedure and should only be done by an experienced dentist. The dentist should not only know how to do the procedure, but also how to guide you through each and every step and explain everything to you. As one of the top dental implant, Luxury Dental P.C. is here to take you by the hand and guide you through this procedure.