Dental implants are one of the options a dentist might recommend when you are looking to replace missing teeth. It is an increasingly popular option due to benefits like:
- Implants preserve bone tissue
- Implants keep teeth properly aligned
- Implants are not much different from real teeth, they do not need any special care
- Implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that can last a lifetime
- The installation of implants has a very high success rate
Who needs implants for missing teeth?
Anyone who appreciates convenience should consider dental implants. Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience since it makes one feel like a part of their appearance has been changed forever. Implants give patients an artificial tooth that looks, feels and functions like a real tooth.
The patient will not have to spend 20 minutes cleaning the prosthetic each night as is the case with dentures, and they will not have to worry about the implant hindering their ability to clean their mouth as is the case with bridges.
What goes on during the dental implant procedure?
Getting dental implants usually starts with the patient being evaluated. The dentist goes over their medical history as well as any treatments and medication they are undergoing. Habits like alcohol and tobacco consumption will also be discussed. These hinder a person's ability to heal after the surgical installation of the implant.
The dentist will also evaluate the patient's jawbone tissue density since the patient needs to have adequate amounts of bone tissue to hold the prosthetic in place. A date will be set for the procedure once the patient has been deemed eligible.
On the day of the surgery, the patient is given a shot of anesthetic and a hole is drilled into their jaw. The implant is pushed into this hole until it is held in place by the bone tissue surrounding it. Same-day implants and mini dental implants have an artificial tooth, known as a crown, attached to them immediately after the surgery, while people who get conventional implants usually have to wait for the implant and bone tissue holding it in place to fuse. This process is known as osseointegration and it can take up to six months.
Patients should make preparations prior to implant installation since it is important that they get lots of rest to promote quick healing. They should stock up on liquid and semi-solid foods which they can eat during the first two weeks of recovery. Physical exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided during this period.
Anesthetics are usually used during implant installation, so patients should arrange for a ride to and from the clinic. The dentist might prescribe pain relievers or antibiotics after the procedure. These help to manage pain and prevent infection respectively.
The bottom line
Thanks to implants, it is now possible to get back to how life was before you lost one or more of your teeth. Contact our office today to learn more about implants and get the process started.
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