No one enjoys losing a tooth, especially if it happens to be a front tooth. It can be a considerably traumatic experience and can have both physical as well as psychological effects on an individual. It can alter your chewing abilities, lower your self-confidence and have a negative effect on your self-esteem.
Luckily, there is a solution to this dental issue and it does not have to be dentures or even a bridge. Ever since the 1980s,dental implants have been a much better and much more preferred alternative to partials and dentures. So what exactly are dental implants?
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are essentially titanium posts that are “implanted” into your gums. They have a shape that is very similar to the root of your tooth and they basically act as an artificial root of your tooth. They are very carefully placed by your dental professional into your jawbone and are then allowed to completely heal.
During this healing process, your jawbone actually grows to your new implant and helps to lock it into place. There are a number of different types of dental implants and your dental professional will typically research and evaluate which implants are the best choices for your specific needs.
At the time you have your implant surgery completed, sometimes your crown or your teeth are actually attached to your implants. Your dental professional may also choose not to do this until after you have had some adequate healing time and then your crown or your teeth are essentially made to fit directly on top of your implants in order to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth) with your “new” tooth (or “new” teeth).
In the majority of cases, you are actually able to function immediately on your “new” tooth (or “new” teeth) and in a lot of other cases, you will be able to function on your “new” tooth (or “new” teeth) in just 6 weeks’ time.
What Are the Many Benefits of Dental Implants?
There are a lot of benefits to be had from choosing to get dental implants instead of dentures. If you are an individual who has general good health, yet you have lost one or more teeth because of advanced and/or aggressive gum disease, accidents, or any other reason, you will most likely qualify as a candidate for a dental implant procedure.
Dental implants are also one of the most conservative and most predictable ways to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth) and the procedure is known to provide patients with the best success over the long-term. They have come to be the most successful long-term functional medical implant there is.
- Have the look, the feel and the function of natural teeth
- Can last an entire lifetime if cared for properly
- Are much better for your overall dental health than dentures
Now that you know the truth about dental implants, you can effectively determine whether or not this dental procedure is the right one for you. If you are interested give us a call on 801-292-7500.