Are you growing weary of hiding your smile because you have unsightly gaps or spaces between your teeth? Maybe you lost a tooth in an accident or perhaps you’ve simply lost a few teeth over the years due to decay. A great way to get your confidence back is to restore your smile with dental implants.
Here is some basic information about dental implants that dentists use to provide their patients with new, beautiful and natural looking smiles.
Dental Implants Explained
A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. First developed over fifty years ago, these implants were initially used to make dentures fit better. Since then however, many improvements have been made to the implant, enabling dentists to expand its usefulness which includes the complete replacement of missing or lost teeth.
How You Benefit
When you have a dental implant procedure done, you will be provided with a whole slew of benefits. First of all, that unsightly gap between your teeth will no longer be there which means you’ll look and feel more attractive when around other people. And, because a space in your smile can cause the surrounding teeth to shift into that space, an implant will ensure that you continue to chew food properly for good digestion and improved overall health.
Another advantage to dental implants is that an implant helps prevent bone degeneration. If you were to leave that space in your smile, your jawbone would naturally shrink to compensate for the missing tooth. This can result in your face having a sunken appearance which can make you look years older than you actually are.
How It’s Done
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that’s primarily done in stages. In the first part of the procedure, you’ll be given a local anesthesia. The dentist will make an incision in the gum to expose the bone where the implant is to be placed. A base or post for the implant will be put in and then closed with a screw. Then the incision will be closed so the area is allowed to heal. This healing stage takes about 3 months. When the healing is complete, a temporary crown will be placed on the implant post wherein another healing process gets underway. Once the tissue is healed properly, a final artificial tooth top or crown is made and fitted onto the post.
Not Everyone is a Candidate
It’s important to know that not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For instance, people who have serious gum disease do not make good candidates. And, people who smoke, drink alcohol or who have diabetes usually have lower success rates with implants as these things affect oral health which in turn affects how an implant heals. Children are not good candidates for this procedure simply because their jawbones have not sufficiently developed to support the implants. To find out if you make a good candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with a dentist who specializes in implant technology.