Losing a tooth as a result of an accident or because of tooth decay can be a very traumatic experience. This is especially the case when the missing tooth is in the front of your mouth. Thankfully, there are modern medical cosmetic procedures that can be used to replace a missing tooth and restore your smile to its pre-damaged condition. Dental implants are one of these procedures.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the base used for tooth replacements. They form a solid foundation upon which permit or removable teeth can be adhered. These replacement teeth are designed to match the natural shape and color of your teeth.
Dental implants will improve your appearance since they look like and feel like your own teeth. Dental implants are made to eventually fuse with the bone in your jaw, so they become a permanent part of your face.
Dental implants will also improve your speech. When dentures do not fit well, they can move around in the mouth causing your words to sound slurred. Many patients with dentures lack the confidence to speak because they worry that their teeth might slip. Dental implants remove this fear.
Dental implants make eating easier. As any patient with dentures knows, sliding dentures can make chewing a challenge. Since dental implants
look and feel like your own teeth you are able to eat food confidently without experiencing discomfort.
What Happens When Dental Implants Are Installed?
First, an orthodontist who has been trained in restorative dentistry will examine your mouth. Working together with a team of medical professionals, they will decide the best implant option for you. Next, a small post that is made of titanium is inserted into the jawbone in the socket left by the missing tooth. Over the course of 6 to 12 weeks the jawbone will heal. This will cause the metal post to anchor itself securely in the jaw.
Your orthodontist will make an impression of your teeth, including their size, their type, and their arrangement. This model will be used to design a replacement tooth or a crown. Next, an abutment is attached to the metal post that was placed in your jaw. This will serve to securely hold the new tooth in place. Finally, the replacement tooth is attached to the abutment.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Most patients mention that receiving a dental implant is less painful than having a tooth extracted. During the process, local anesthesia is used. Once the process has been completed, there may be mild pain for a few days during the healing process.
Dental implants require the same type of care as your regular teeth do. This means that you will need to brush it, floss around it, and also get regular dental checkups.
Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience. However, dental implants may be the key to restoring your smile and giving you the confidence you need to show your smile to the world.