Implant dentistry has become the preferred solution for tooth loss.
This is because dental implants make effective replacement teeth. Dental implants are biocompatible and permanently replace the roots of teeth. They are used to anchor and hold prosthetics like dental crowns or bridges. When the implantation process is complete, patients will enjoy a complete smile no longer affected by tooth loss.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are titanium posts that resemble a screw. These posts are embedded into the jaw through a surgical procedure. Implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Featuring an abutment, the implant will permanently hold a custom restoration that fills in the visible gaps of a smile. The restoration will allow for easy and comfortable oral function as well as an improvement in appearance.
The reason dental implants are considered a biocompatible replacement for the roots of teeth is due to a natural process called osseointegration. During this process, the bone surrounding the implant will fuse to it over time. Titanium is a biocompatible metal and the body will not reject it as a foreign object. Drawing on support from the bone, a dental implant can securely anchor a prosthetic crown or bridge.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Compared to other tooth replacement methods, dental implants offer distinctive benefits. Since dental implants function very much like biological teeth, they will last for decades, if not the rest of the recipient’s life. Anchored by the bone, implants and the restorations they hold will not move during oral function as prosthetics like dentures tend to do.
Dental implants are cared for like natural teeth; this means that patients will brush and floss as normal. Special soaking solutions are not needed. Lastly, implants prevent the natural process of bone deterioration by keeping the jawbone stimulated.
What to Expect During and After Implantation
Placing dental implants is a same-day surgical procedure. Those receiving implants will be given local anesthetics and sedatives, if necessary, to control discomfort. Prior to your appointment, Dr. Bezik will have already planned and simulated your procedure with advanced three-dimensional imaging and software so that our team is familiarized with a person’s unique oral anatomy.
After the procedure, patients will enter a recovery phase of treatment. The recovery phase is important for two reasons. One, to heal from the procedure itself and two, to allow the bone to generate new tissue so it can fuse around the titanium implant. During this phase of treatment, those who have received implants will come back to our practice for routine appointments so that we can check on the implant’s stability. In the beginning, a soft diet will be prescribed and as the implant becomes more stable, more varieties of food can be introduced into one’s diet on a gradual basis.
Once the recovery process is complete, patients will be ready for their custom restoration. This restoration is permanent and will replace lost tooth structure above the gums.
If you have suffered from tooth loss, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our periodontist. At your appointment, we can answer your questions and determine if this type of prosthetic tooth is right for your needs. Those who have lost teeth have options and no situation is hopeless.
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