Dental implants can improve your quality of life by improving your oral health and boosting your confidence. Losing a tooth due to decay, trauma, or any other reason can be scary, but you don’t have to worry about having a toothless smile or not being able to chew in the back of your mouth. Dental implants are an effective, contemporary, and permanent solution to this age-old problem.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is essentially a porcelain crown attached to a very small post that is embedded into your jaw. The process usually takes a while to complete, but it’s well worth the wait. When the tooth implant is fully installed, your mouth looks completely natural as if you’ve never lost a tooth. Dental implant surgery might be daunting at first but we’ve outlined the steps and care procedures that will help you heal properly.
What Is the Tooth Implant Procedure?
The dental implant process is fairly straightforward. Typicaly, the process starts with a consultation. There, we examine the health of your gums and jaw bone to ensure your mouth can support an implant. If everything looks good, we schedule a follow-up consultation where the small post gets inserted into your jaw. Once that heals, there’s an additional follow-up appointment where the crown gets put on.
Are There Same Day Dental Implants?
The dental implant procedure described above is not the only option. There is also same day dental implants. With this option, the post and the crown are a single piece, and the dentist installs everything the same day. Many patients prefer the speed and convenience of this option.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Aside from aesthetic value, dental implants help protect the integrity of your bite. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth naturally start to migrate into that space. That throws off your bite in a way that can lead to headaches, pain while chewing, and other issues. With back molars, your jaw bone can even start to disintegrate when teeth are missing—dental implants stop that from happening.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?
Additionally, dental implants offer key advantages compared to other treatments for missing teeth. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to worry about losing dental implants. They also tend to last longer.
It’s important to note that you can get several implants—they don’t just have to be for a single missing tooth. If you are missing several teeth in the same arch of your mouth, you can even opt for a bridge that is anchored to dental implants on each side. This hybrid approach works perfectly for many patients.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Bridges?
Some people opt for a bridge instead of implants, but if they’re not anchored to implants, bridges have to get anchored to existing teeth. That process involves shaving down the enamel on those teeth. With dental implants, there is no effect on the surrounding teeth.
Do Dental Implants Look Natural?
Best of all, dental implants look completely natural. The dentist takes a mold of your mouth or uses 3D imaging software to create a model of your teeth. Then, that information goes to a lab or a special 3D printer at the dentist’s office and your new tooth gets created. You can even opt for customizations to make it look even more natural.
A beautiful looking smile is important for confidence and good oral health. If you’re missing a tooth, contact Dr. Abtin today. We can help you explore dental implants and other options.
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