If you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime! An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. Implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew.
Dental implants are composed of two main parts:
The titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment is the standard and preferred method of tooth replacement. Dental implants have been utilized successfully in many different cases to replace missing teeth, whether one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of the teeth. Dental implants can also be used to replace partials or stabilize dentures that are loose or slip. Dental implants preserve bone and natural teeth around them. Dental implant treatment has the best long-term success rate and is the most cost-effective.
The critical factors that make implant treatments superior to other tooth replacement options are:
Dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots, preserving the bone that would naturally resorb, or deteriorate when teeth are lost or removed. They also provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth. No other treatment option preserves bone.
Preserve Adjacent Teeth
When teeth are replaced with bridges, the adjacent natural teeth are cut down, leaving them susceptible to problems. Dental implants leave adjacent teeth intact and studies demonstrate that they protect the natural teeth, creating fewer problems down the road.
Dental implant treatment is the option with the highest documented success rates with over 95% successful for over 40 years. By contrast, tooth-supported bridges have an average lifespan of just 10.1 years according to the American Dental Association.
There have been many new advances in the field of implant dentistry that have expanded the options now available for patients. From sophisticated technology for diagnosis and treatment, planning, to new techniques for bone grafting. These procedures should be performed by highly skilled specialists and experienced restorative dentists, like here at Fern Creek Dentistry. Knowledge of what’s involved in implant treatment is beneficial for patients.
What to Expect
Before a dental implant is placed, a thorough examination will be conducted by our dentists to assess the strength and health of the jawbone and gums. If the patient is a good candidate for dental implants, digital X-rays and physical impressions will help our dentists to determine the ideal location for the dental implants during the procedure. The individual will be put under local anesthesia and sedation if needed while our dentists place the titanium post into the jawbone. Over the course of 3 – 6 months, the implant and bone will fuse while the bone heals and once the dental implant is secure, the false tooth or teeth can be attached to the dental implant using a connector. Our dentists will adjust the dental implant and false teeth for a snug and secure fit.
Most patients experience little to no discomfort following their dental implants are finished, however some patients may have short-term discomfort and soreness that can be relieved using an over-the-counter pain killer, such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol. To prolong the life of dental implants, patients should have a good home dental care routine that includes flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. Regular appointments at Fern Creek Dentistry for dental cleanings and oral exams are also important to implant care. Dental implants can last a long time with correct care. However dental implants will eventually require repairs or replacement.