Dental Implants - What Are the Benefits?
Why Should I Get a Dental Implant?
Living with missing teeth is precarious because of the potential damage the condition may cause to other oral structures. A vacant space in your smile creates a collapsing effect for surrounding teeth, causing whole sections of teeth to shift in some cases. Many dentists recommend a dental implant to replace missing teeth and prevent later issues relating to a patient’s jawbone density, teeth alignment, and overall health.
Placing an Implant
A dental implant must be recommended by a dentist and typically involves the combined efforts of both your general dentist and a referred specialist. Patients living with one or multiple missing teeth should schedule a consultation with their dentist for restorative treatment.
The implant is a small titanium post secured into the jawbone to imitate a teeth root. After a period of healing where the post fuses to the bone, patients return to the dental practice to complete the restoration process.
The abutment is the second component in a three-port device. It connects the metal post with the crown and allows a variety of prosthetics to be supported by the implant. This is important for patients as they age since posts remain permanent when abutments and crowns need to be changed.
A Beautiful Crown
After placement, an abutment connects a customized crown to the single-tooth implant. This restoration is normally made completely from porcelain or a combination of a metallic interior with a porcelain outer shell. Either cap is carefully built to match the shade of nearby teeth and settle in seamlessly as part of your smile.
There are also situations where entire teeth arcs are non-existent. In this situation, dentures can be combined with several posts, which allow patients to eat, speak, and smile comfortably again. The type of device that is joined with your dental implant is determined during your initial consultation with your dentist.
After implants are placed, they support dentures or crowns for decades when maintained with good hygiene and professional monitoring. There is a reason that an implant procedure will be more expensive than say, a denture appliance that sits directly on your gums.
Although some patients may choose an alternative, most experts classify a dental implant as the most effective and enduring solution available for missing teeth. Dental implant procedures take intensive coordination and planning. The placement procedure requires an oral & maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist. A significant amount of healing time is required to form the artificial tooth root to properly acclimate to the bone. The outcome is having the ability to use your teeth comfortably and smile with confidence.
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