Dental implants can be part of your smile makeover if you have missing teeth. An implant serves as a replacement for the lost root when a tooth falls out. It fuses with the bone tissue surrounding it in a process called osseointegration. Implants can be fitted with a crown to serve as an artificial tooth or they can be fitted with restorations like bridges and dentures.
A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic treatments done with the goal of improving how a patient’s smile looks. It is an excellent solution for people who are not happy with the appearance of their teeth and gums.
Getting implants as part of your smile makeover
Dentists often recommend implants to people with missing teeth since these prosthetics are the closest thing to a real tooth. Implants are also the only oral restoration that preserves a person’s jaw bone tissues after they lose a tooth. The implant allows the patient’s jaw to continue to get the stimulation it needs to be healthy.
Implants are typically made with titanium, which is a biocompatible material. They can also be made out of other materials, like zirconium, for patients who react negatively to titanium. Implants have a high success rate at 98%.
The dental implant process
The process of getting dental implants starts with a consultation with a dentist. The dentist will evaluate the patient to determine whether they have any health conditions that make implants a bad option for them. The installation of implants requires minor oral surgery so people with health conditions that can hinder the recovery process, like diabetes or immune system disorders, might be deemed eligible.
People with certain habits that slow down the recovery, like smoking or alcohol consumption, might have to quit the habit before getting their implant.
The dentist will also evaluate the patient’s jawbone tissue to determine whether they have enough healthy bone tissue to support implants. Not having the bone tissue needed does not automatically disqualify the person. Dentists can perform bone grafts to bolster the patient’s jawbone tissues. Bone grafts can take up to three months to recover from and the patient needs to be fully healed before proceeding with implants.
Surgery for installing dental implants
The dentist will administer a shot of local anesthetic before proceeding with the installation of implants. The oral professional will then make an incision into the patient’s gums. This allows them to reach the jawbone. The dentist will make a small hole in the patient’s jaw. The implant is pushed into the hole until it is held in place by bone tissues. The dentist will close the incision back up and give the implant up to six months to fuse with the bone tissues holding it in place.
Once the implant is fused, the dentist will attach an abutment and implant to complete the process.
Replace your missing tooth with an implant
Dental implants allow you to forget you have ever lost a tooth. Call or visit our Roswell clinic to learn even more about replacing missing teeth.
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