Dental implants can replace a missing tooth or more. The implants can help proper chewing and speech as well as restore a beautiful smile.
Dental implant treatments Waterloo are done in steps.
The implant procedure
First, the dentist will do a comprehensive exam including dental x-rays in order to plan your treatment.
Next, if the tooth or roots are there they will be removed.
After which, the jawbone will be prepared this includes a bone graft if it is needed.
At this point, you will have several months of heal time.
Once the jawbone has healed enough to accept the metal post, it is placed into the jawbone and allowed to heal for a time.
After that, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth and jaw from which the tooth or teeth will be made.
The dentist then places the crown or cap on the post.
Bridges and dentures
Bridges and dentures can also be placed with dental implant posts that they can be attached to; this stops the bridge or denture from sliding or moving around. This allows for better ability to chew and speak as the denture or bridge acts more like natural teeth.
As with any surgery, there are risks.
Some risks are:
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Sinus problems when the implants are placed in the upper jaw if one of the implants extend into the sinus cavity
- Possible injury to surrounding teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage which can cause pain, tingling, and numbness
Dr. Stephen Mathews can help you determine if dental implants will be a good choice for you.
He will go over the benefits and risks involved as well as what to expect after. Dental implants have become a quality option for missing teeth and one that you should be informed about.