If you have missing teeth, you may be considering getting dental implants or searching for suitable solutions to restore your smile.
If you are still unsure, you may find that a dental implant is the perfect replacement option for a missing tooth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a form of restorative dentistry used to replace missing teeth. They are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed inside the jawbone of a patient.
This tiny titanium acts as a tooth root, and is placed so that the jawbone can grow around it and fuse it into place firmly.
Once it is healed, an abutment is placed on top of it in the gum, forming a screw that holds a dental crown in place. Once all these three come together, it looks like a natural tooth and functions exactly as one too with no issues.
Is Everyone a Candidate? Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
Typically, anyone who is missing one tooth or more can get dental implants. A single tooth implant is for one tooth, while multiple tooth implants are done for patients who have lost several teeth.
However, sure candidates for dental implants are patients with a healthy jawbone. They will have appropriate bone mass. If our professionals evaluate that your bone mass is below the required quality, you may be required to undergo a bone graft procedure before getting your implants.
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What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Apart from offering you a lifelong restoration for your missing teeth, dental implants have many other merits. As tooth roots, they ensure that your jawbone continues to be stimulated to keep them healthy. This also means that you will not suffer bone loss in that area.
Also, they function as your natural teeth and that means that all you need to care for them is your regular and healthy oral hygiene, coupled with your routine dental visits.
Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium rod within your jawbone. This rod serves as the root of the artificial tooth. The new tooth is strong, stays in place and is made to match your natural teeth.
There are many more benefits of choosing a dental implant. For instance, an implant:
||Does not require the use of adhesives to stay in place
||Does not slip or make noise when you chew
||Does not decay or develop cavities
What Is The Procedure for Dental Implants?
Getting dental implants placed takes a period of time. Our team will assess your medical records, bone health, and also see if you need to extract any teeth.
If everything is fine, the dental implants procedure is done under local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Our professionals will surgically place the titanium post in your jawbone.
The implant is absolutely compatible with the human body and is left to heal over a period of months. Once healed, the abutment is placed and your artificial tooth crown is placed to complete the procedure.
What to Expect After the Procedure
After your dental implant procedure, you will be able to return to eating your favorite foods, which is not the case after a root canal procedure or the placement of a temporary dental crown.
Your jaw will heal and grow new bone, helping to keep the dental implant permanently in place. You will brush and floss around your new dental implant just like you care for the rest of your natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Affordable?
The pricing of dental implants actually depends on how many missing teeth you are replacing, and also if there are other procedures involved like initial extraction of damaged teeth, or bone grafts.
Either way, it is always worth it, as dental implants will last you a lifetime.
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To learn more about dental implants, full mouth dental implants, all on 4 dental implants, and mini dental implants, call the dental office of Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates at 702-473-5100
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