The role of implants in modern dentistry is to provide replacement teeth with a strong foundation so that patients with missing teeth can still enjoy full oral functionality. They’ll be able to chew and speak normally, the contours of their face will be preserved, and they’ll hold onto their appealing smile. Replacement teeth are designed to look, feel, and perform as much like natural teeth as possible. Implants are just another way in which developments in dental technology have significantly changed the way people live — the only other option used to be dentures. Here’s what you need to know if you’re wondering whether implants might be right for you:
How Dental Implants Work
Implants are constructed from titanium, a low-density, water-resistant metal that’s lightweight as well as very strong. The implants are directly placed into the jawbone in areas where the teeth are missing. The material bonds with the bone to further increase its stability, essentially performing the same function for artificial teeth as tooth roots do for natural teeth.
Are Implants Right for You?
The first step in deciding whether to move forward with implant procedures is to schedule a thorough evaluation with your dental care professional. The dentist will take a complete dental history, ask you pertinent lifestyle questions, and perform a dental/radiographic examination. The ideal candidate for having dental implants installed are healthy, non-smoking individuals with enough gum and bone tissue to support the implants. Our team will pay close attention to any concerns or questions that you may have about implants so that you can make an informed decision.
The Implant Process
Depending on the type of implant and how many individual implants are going to be installed, the process can take anywhere from six to eighth months from start to finish. However, most patients don’t experience disruptions in their daily routines during this time period.
The installation of dental procedures usually involves two separate surgical procedures. The first is when they’re actually implanted into the patient’s jawbone. During this time, they’ll bond with the bone to form a strong and stable base and remain below the gumline. You may be fitted with temporary dentures to wear during this time, and your dentist will probably recommend a diet of soft foods.
After the bonding process is complete, your dentist will then begin the second phase, which involves attaching a small healing collar to the implants that will hold your new artificial teeth. Your dentist can then install your custom-made replacement teeth.
How to Care for Implants
If properly cared for, implants can last a lifetime. It’s important to practice the same good dental hygiene techniques that you practiced with your natural teeth. Brush and floss on a regular basis and use an antibacterial mouthwash at least once per day. Your dentist may recommend a type of dental floss developed specifically for those with implants as well as a low-abrasive toothpaste and an oral irrigator.
For more information on whether dental implants are the best option for your particular circumstances, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment.