Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that are used to support a crown, bridge, or dentures. They are surgically placed in the jawbone and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone and replaces the missing tooth root. Once healed, the dentist can affix crowns, bridges, or dentures to the implant to restore function and beauty to the mouth.
The titanium post bonds with the bone to create a secure foundation for the replacement teeth. Implants can also be used to stabilize and retain removable dentures. Talk to your dentist today about the benefits of implants!
Before beginning the procedure, the dentist will administer anesthesia to numb the gums and jaw. You may be offered nitrous oxide as well to help you relax during the process.
Next, a small incision will be made in the gums, creating space for the dental implant to be inserted. The implant will be placed into the jawbone and given time to heal and fuse with the surrounding tissue. A temporary crown will be provided until the permanent restoration is ready to be placed. During this time, you will be given strict instructions to follow in order to heal properly and reduce the risk of infection. These may include avoiding certain foods or beverages and refraining from smoking.
Once the implant has healed and the restoration can be attached, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be secured in its place. Your new tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth, allowing you to enjoy all your favorite foods again!
Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement treatment for many reasons, including the fact that they mimic the look and function of natural teeth. But not every person who has lost a tooth is a good candidate for dental implant surgery. Here’s what you need to know about who is a candidate for dental implants and how our dental team can help determine if they are right for you.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and bones in order to support the implants. Patients should also be committed to good oral hygiene and regular checkups with their dentist to ensure the continued health of their smile. Ideal candidates for dental implants are those who have lost one or more teeth due to injury or tooth decay. They should be in good overall health otherwise, too. In the event that gum disease is an issue, we’ll need to treat it first before implant placement can happen. Patients who smoke also aren’t ideal candidates because the habit can negatively impact the healing process and cause the implant to become loose. Heavy drinking can also impact the success of an implant, so patients who drink in excess should think about quitting before seeking this treatment. Smokers and drinkers will need to quit for a period of time before scheduling the surgery so the teeth and gums can heal properly. If patients have any severe health issues, they may not be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and may need to work with their doctors to see if they can proceed safely.
Get in touch with Ascend Dental Design at 1200 E, Woodhurst Dr. Building U, Springfield, MO 65804, or call (417) 887-3100 to learn more about general dentistry.