Restore the Spark of Your Smile
A dental implant is a permanent replacement to a missing natural tooth. Just like natural teeth have a crown and a root, dental implants have a crown made from enamel and a metallic rod that is designed to replace the root of your missing tooth. Dentists perform minor surgery to place the metallic rod inside the root portion in your jaw and later screw the crown of the artificial tooth to the implanted metallic rod.
The rod is made of titanium; a natural metal that is compatible with human bone and bone tissue. The titanium rod is infused into the surrounding bone tissue of the jaw to offer robust support for the enamel crown that lies on top of the gums.
Dental implants are used to:
Dental implants are also used when bridging. A single implant can easily replace a single tooth. However, in the case of several missing teeth, a dental bridge is often used. Well, normally each missing tooth is not always replaced with its own implant. For instance, a dentist may choose to use two implants for three porcelain teeth. The bridge is cemented onto the implant(s) and spans the space left behind by the missing teeth.
While braces, partial dentures and bridging are viable solutions to replacing missing teeth, an individual’s dental structure could prohibit their effectiveness. For instance, partial removable dentures may not work for a patient with gum disease. Alternatively, some patients may be opposed to wearing braces.
Dental implants offer a more long-lasting solution for your missing teeth. The titanium in the implants is fused deep into your jawbone to provide a robust anchor and a natural feel. Also, unlike dentures and bridgework, the implants do not shift inside the jawbone, which reduces cases of bone damage. A study published by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information has shown that dental implantology has experienced phenomenal growth due to expanding technology and knowledge on bone and soft tissue healing.
Are you missing a tooth or two?
Do you wish you could get an artificial tooth to get back your sparkly smile? We know how much a missing tooth could cause pain and take a toll on your confidence. Well, dentists offer several solutions such as getting dentures, a bridgework, or dental implants.
Dental implants are the most recommended option for patients looking for a permanent solution. However, each dental case depends on the individual’s oral condition. Read on to find out all there is to know about dental implants as you plan for your next dentist appointment.
Unlike tooth-supported bridges, dental implants require zero support from teeth on either side of the missing one. Besides, the procedure does not involve altering the surrounding teeth in any way. Patients, therefore, enjoy healthier oral health in the long-term.
Dental implants are fused into your jaw. Once the jaw bone heals around the implant, the artificial tooth enjoys natural support and can last a lifetime.
Partial removable dentures, braces and poorly-fitted dentures can alter the way you talk. However, dental implants are part and parcel of your jawbone; hence, they have no negative effect on your speech.
Dental implants can rectify incomplete bites and improve your chewing. Additionally, dentures slip and move a little in the mouth, which can make chewing very uncomfortable. Well, dental implants work the same way your natural teeth do. Once healed, the patient enjoys eating naturally.
Having your natural smile back is a huge boost of confidence. Dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth. Most people cannot even tell if a person has had a dental implant!
Dental implants hold more advantages over other procedures. If you are not impressed with the inconvenience of wearing braces or dentures, contact us today and book an appointment to get your missing teeth fixed!
Step 1: Initial consultation
Every dental case is treated individually. This is why we recommend an initial consultation before starting the procedure. The dentist performs a couple of tests to get a better look at your dental structure. This may include several X-rays, CT scans, and analysis of your dental model.
Dentists recommend dental implants if:
Step 2: Rooting
Once cleared for the procedure, the oral surgeon makes an incision in your gum to expose the bone. Afterward, they drill a hole into the jaw bone and implant the titanium metal rod inside.
Step 3: Bone growth
After rooting, the bone is given time to heal and grow over the implant. This takes several months to heal. At this stage, you still have a gap where the missing tooth was. You can opt to stay like that or get a partial denture for appearance.
Step 4: Abutment placement
After the bone heals, you have to go back for the placement of an abutment- the piece where the crown of the artificial tooth rests. The gums will need time to heal- usually two to three weeks- before the tooth prosthesis is completed.
Step 5: Fixing the artificial tooth
Once the dentist gives the go-ahead, you can choose a removable or fixed tooth. Some prefer a natural-looking one while others prefer a silver or gold one.
Step 6: After-care
You may have to take some antibiotics to fight off any swelling or discomfort. Several routine check-ups are scheduled to ensure the tooth heals properly. In case of any complication, consult your dentist.
The cost of implants mainly depends on the number of teeth you want to be replaced. It costs an average of €2,000 to €2,500 per tooth. However, this price depends on the dentist’s findings, and if you require additional surgeries for proper bone healing.
Missing a tooth is a common and solvable condition. Contact us today on (Tel:14065441) or firstname.lastname@example.org and start the journey or restoring your smile back to its former glory!
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