Missing teeth are more than a cosmetic humiliation; they can slowly deteriorate the overall health of your mouth. The teeth have a very dynamic role in keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. The bone weakens over time in areas with missing teeth, resulting in a weak jaw and a sunken appearance. While dentures and bridges can help fix the cosmetic issues connected with the missing teeth, they do not prevent resulting jawbone deterioration. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth, restoring both your smile aesthetics and preserving the integrity of your jaw.
Why should you opt for Dental Implants?
- Patients with missing teeth may suffer from the following reasons:
- The missing teeth may cause embarrassment for the patient.
- It can also cause chewing or speaking impairment.
- A person can face diet restrictions due to a lack of teeth functionality.
- There will be a collapsed facial appearance with more wrinkles and a sunken look.
- The alignment of the teeth will be altered because of the shifting teeth around your missing teeth.
What is the procedure for a Dental implant?
Dental implants are placed surgically through a multi-step process to ensure the implants' longevity and natural appearance. Local or general anesthesia is used during the procedure to reduce pain and provide patient comfort. The exact timeline of the treatment may vary depending on the extent of correction needed. The first step involves the surgical placement of the titanium implants into the jawbone. A temporary covering is fabricated to ensure your smile's aesthetics while the jawbone secures itself to the implant. This process takes about three to six months and is called Osseointegration.
The next step begins after the implants have fused with the bone; customized abutments are made and attached to the implants, and they protrude through the gums. An interim implant crown tooth is secured over the abutment to help maintain your smile while the implant crown is being manufactured in the dental lab. The gums will need several weeks to heal before your final implant crown can be positioned.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
- There will be an improvement in your ability to chew and speak. The removable dentures can slide off when you are eating or speaking. But with dental implants, you gain more tooth stability. In turn, you can chew, eat, and communicate better and more comfortably.
- Dental implants are generally made from titanium or zirconium, which are both known for being durable. Thus, with proper and regular care, the implants will last for many years.
- Other tooth replacement options such as dental bridges require grinding down the adjacent teeth so that the bridge can be cemented on them. By contrast, dental implants don't compromise any adjacent teeth as they are directly placed into the missing tooth's space.
- As the dental implants are allowed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. In turn, they eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures every night, as well as the need for putting messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Call us at Progressive Dental or schedule an online appointment to know more about Dental Implants.