When an adult loses one or more permanent teeth, there can be numerous problems associated with that loss. The ability to chew properly can limit what can be eaten; we rely on our teeth to form sounds allowing us to pronounce words correctly; and an individual’s self confidence can be severely eroded when put in a position of eating or speaking in public. Tooth replacement with dental implants provides a very viable solution.
The first step to resolving lost teeth is a consultation with your dentist. The overall health of the patient is reviewed followed by a thorough dental exam. Dental x-rays will be taken to determine if sufficient bone strength is present; lack of jaw bone does not necessarily eliminate the patient’s candidacy for dental implants … but additional treatment may be needed to enhance bone to help ensure a successful implant procedure.
When the decision to move forward is made, the dentist will surgically place the small titanium implant in the gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. The use of titanium has multiple advantages … titanium is less likely to be rejected. And this alloy has been proven to be a metal that allows bone to fuse so that it will become a permanent part of the dental anatomy acting much like the roots of a biological tooth.
Over a healing period of months, jaw bone will fuse to the implant, a process known as osseointegration. Once healed, an abutment will be attached to the implant. A final restoration will be bonded to the abutment completing the process.
That final restoration has been made to match surrounding teeth in size, shape, and shade making this cosmetic enhancement undetectable. But its appearance is almost secondary to its functionality. You will be able to eat all the foods you love; and you will speak clearly once again without fear of your replacement teeth slipping or moving.
Caring for your dental implant is the same as what you do for all your teeth … brush twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss every day to remove what your toothbrush missed. And it is important to keep appointments with your dentist every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your self confidence and peace of mind are permanently restored thanks to dental implants.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our team at The Dental Place today.