The primary reason for anyone to consider dental implants is to replace one or more missing teeth. Simply put, if you have lost any of your natural teeth - and your jawbone is strong - you are most likely a candidate to have dental implants.
Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth, and also to use as an anchor for partial or full dentures.
What Is A Dental Implant
A dental implant consists of:
The post or actual implant is made of titanium - and takes the place of the tooth root that was lost. The post fuses with your jawbone to create a sturdy and permanent fixture to hold a crown.
The abutment is fit onto the implant once the post has fused with the bone. This abutment is what holds the new crown in place.
The crown is the tooth-like piece that looks and functions just like a natural tooth. It will blend in with your own natural teeth and you will treat it and care for it as you would your natural teeth. It will also help to hold a partial if that is the purpose of the implant.
Upon a complete dental exam and obtaining your health history, your dentist will tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. He or she will give you all of the information you need in order for you to make an educated decision whether implants are something you should consider.
Why A Healthy Jawbone Is Important For Implant Dentistry
The most important factor to take into consideration before your dentist will recommend implant dentistry is the strength of your jawbone. In order for the dental implants to properly fuse to the jawbone, there needs to be bone volume. Following your dental assessment, your dentist will be able to see if your jawbone is structurally sound enough to hold dental implants.
Process For Dental Implants
The process for dental implants begins by having a series of digital x-rays, possibly a CT scan, 3D imaging and digital intraoral pictures. This is to have the clearest picture of the health of your jawbone and to identify the exact placement of the implant.
- Placing posts
- Crown, denture or partial
You will receive the proper amount of local anesthetic, as well as dental sedation to increase your comfort during the procedure.
Placing The Post
The dental implant, or post, is placed during the surgical procedure. Precision channels are created into the jawbone. The posts are then fitted into the channels until they have made contact with the jawbone. After four to six months, the posts will fuse to the bone and become solid and supportive.
Once the post has successfully fused with the bone, the abutment will be placed and your crown will be secured. If you are having the implant to secure a partial or other dental appliance, it will be attached at this time.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants can restore your mouth to its natural state by giving you a permanent solution to tooth loss.
- Healthier eating
- Improved appearance
- Improved comfort
Having all of your teeth again will be a big boost to your self esteem and help you regain confidence in the way you look.
Dental implants are durable. With good care, they can last many years or even a lifetime.
When teeth are lost, it is difficult to eat your favorite foods. You may be self conscious when eating, or it may be hard to chew certain foods. Dental implants function just as your natural teeth would, allowing you to chew without pain or discomfort.
If you have missing teeth and would like to find out how you can get that natural look back - followup with your dentist. After a careful consultation and exam, their team of professionals will explain how you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants.