How We Can Replace Bad Teeth With Dental Implants
Are you missing or damaged teeth? Are you looking for a tooth replacement solution that doesn’t require bridgework or dentures? Dental implants could be the right choice for you! Implants are modern wonders that replace tooth roots. They allow your “new” teeth function, feel, look, and feel just like your natural teeth. Dental implants are possible if your jawbone is strong enough to support this type tooth replacement.
People who choose dental implants cite that they offer the best support possible for the replacement tooth (once bone heals around it, which can take months). If you have enough jaw bone density, healthy gums and can support bone healing, then you might be a candidate for dental implant surgery.
How to Prepare for a Dental Implant
We are happy to conduct a comprehensive evaluation in preparation for your dental implant procedure. The process begins with a thorough examination of your mouth, including dental X-rays and 3-D images. Models of your jaw and teeth are also made. Also, we will review your medical history and evaluate your current medical conditions. We’ll also examine your medications. The next step is to create a customized treatment plan that you can follow. This will include how many teeth need to be replaced, what type of fit, and so forth. Anesthesia or sedation will be used to make the procedure as painless as possible. Most dental implant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. After healing, your tooth can then be restored.
Dental Implant Process
The treatment involves the removal of the affected tooth or teeth and the preparation of the jawbone with a bone transplant to strengthen the jawbone. The implant post functions as a tooth root and will be placed in your jawbone. The next step is osseointegration. This is where your jawbone grows and then fuses with the implant post during healing.
Next, we will prepare the abutment for your crown or artificial tooth. The process of getting a dental implants can take several months. This is due to your healing process and jaw bone growth. Once the jawbone has developed enough strength, the abutment attaches to the dental post.
Artificial teeth can be fixed, removable or both. Removable dentures are similar to dentures. They can attach to the dental implant abutment as a partial or complete denture. To clean or repair, removable teeth can be removed. An implant-abutment is a permanent attachment that attaches an artificial tooth to one or more implants.
Protect your Dental Implants and Smile
If you are looking for something that is as strong and durable as your natural teeth, dental implants can be a great alternative to dentures. Your oral health is important. You should clean your implants, artificial teeth, and gum tissues just like you would.
- You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a low-abrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth.
- Regular visits to your dentist are recommended for cleanings and examinations to ensure that your implants are in good condition.
- A mouth guard is necessary to combat the habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw when you sleep. Sleep guards can help protect your dental implants by spreading the occlusal burden from your biting force.
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We invite you to call us and discuss dental implants. You can have a healthy, strong smile again.