Over the years, dental implants have become one of the most popular ways to replace missing or damaged teeth. Not only do implants look realistic, but they also replace the root of a missing tooth, adding more stability to your entire jaw structure. This long-term option gets you back to feeling like yourself after a tooth is loss and promotes healthy form and function of the teeth and jaw.
It’s important to understand that getting a dental implant is not a one-time procedure and can take up to several months. Your dentist will first need to surgically implant a steel post into your jaw bone. Then, you will be required to wait until the implant is healed and has fully fused to the surrounding tissue.
Once everything is healed, your dentist will then be able to attach a false tooth, or crown, to the steel post, giving the implant the appearance of a natural tooth.
The act of replacing a missing tooth with an implant makes them extremely strong and ensures that they will last for many years to come, all while supporting the integrity of a person’s jaw structure.
· Is A Dental Implant Right for Me?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, implants are a good options to have them replaced. However, your oral health and physical well-being must be at their best before your dentist can perform the implant surgery.
As we’ve mentioned, implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, but they can also be used to help hold bridges or dentures in place. In this case, the implant will give the bridge or denture something solid to be attached to and will prevent them from moving around in your mouth.
Dental implants can also be used to improve a person’s facial structure since missing teeth can lead to bone and tissue loss in the surrounding areas. And, this tissue loss can affect a person’s facial appearance. Fortunately, implants are designed to stimulate tissue growth, which can restore any missing bone or gum tissue.
Lastly, gum disease can also cause enough tissue loss that teeth become loose or begin to fall out. In this case, dental implants are used to replace the missing teeth, and then to restore the missing bone tissue afterward.
· Is Implant Surgery Painful?
Most people say that undergoing dental implant surgery is a much easier process, and significantly less painful than having a tooth extracted. Most of the time, patients will only require a local anesthetic, and since your jawbone does not have any nerve endings, you shouldn’t feel any pain at all during the surgery.
If you think that dental implant surgery might be an option for you, contact our office and make an appointment for a consultation. During this time, your dentist will be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have about the procedure.