Dental Implant Information
Why are dental implants a good solution? It can be hard to live with a missing tooth — you may become self-conscious about smiling too broadly or eating in public. Even if the lost tooth is not visible, it is important to replace the tooth to prevent bone loss, abnormal speech, and misalignment caused as other teeth shift to fill the gap left behind.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant itself is actually a small titanium rod that replaces the root of the missing tooth. The process to install the implant requires two or three appointments spread out over several months.
Your dentist will begin by removing the remains of the damaged tooth, if any are still in place. Then, he will insert the metal post into the jawbone. You will need to wait for the implant to become attached, during which time your dentist may provide you with a temporary tooth. When the bone holding the implant has healed, your dentist will attach a porcelain crown to the base.
You will receive an anesthetic throughout the entire procedure and your dentist may recommend you take an analgesic after to recover over the next three to four months.
Benefits of a Dental Implant
There are several reasons why you may like to consider a dental implant:
- It provides you with a permanent solution. A dental implant has a crown permanently affixed that you never need to remove. Implants can last for years without requiring a replacement.
- It requires no additional care. Treat your dental implant just like the rest of your teeth — brushing, flossing, and receiving regular checkups.
- It looks natural. No one will know your implant is anything other than a natural tooth. It always stays in position, with no risk of slips, slides, or falls.
- You will be able to eat comfortably. Dental implants are strong enough to allow you to bite and chew normally without fear of damage.
Is a Dental Implant Right for You?
Before you can opt for a dental implant, your dentist must assess you for eligibility. Most people are able to able to receive the procedure, but good oral health and a jawbone strong enough to support the implant are key. Your dentist may recommend a different option if you are a heavy smoker, a sufferer of uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease, or you previously underwent radiation therapy in your head or neck.
If you have lost one or more of your teeth due to injury, gum disease, or tooth decay, a dental implant may be the right option for you. Schedule an evaluation at our clinic to meet a dentist who has the expertise to carry out the procedure. We will assess your eligibility for a dental implant, discuss possible alternatives, and book an appointment to begin treatment once you have reached a decision.