After dealing with tooth loss, it is important that you put another tooth or similar structure in the area where the original teeth once were. The gums and the jaw bone beneath the gums need to be regularly used as they were with original teeth to stay strong and healthy. One of the best options to be able to replace a missing tooth (or several missing teeth) is through dental implants. Here at Crestview Dental Group, we can help get you set up with a new set of implants. All you have to do is start the process by calling us to set up a consultation.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a frame or a post that is surgically placed in your jaw, right under the gums. These posts, then need to heal up, but once they are healed, you have replacement teeth that are permanently put on top, and you can go about your life like you never lost a tooth in the first place. One of the biggest draws people have to dental implants is the fact that they can function just like your original tooth did. Once the healing is complete, you do not have the same restrictions as you would with dentures or other temporary tooth-replacement options. These implants are connected to posts that have fused into your bones, making them a strong, healthy option for keeping your mouth and jaw healthy long-term.
What Can Dental Implants Offer that Dentures Wouldn’t?
Since the frame or the post is put directly into your jaw, and because it is made with titanium, it can fuse directly to your jaw. This makes the jaw and the implant become a single, cohesive unit after it has completely healed. This allows your dental implant to be strong and supported in the same manner as your original tooth was. Dentures can slip around, slide out of place, or make speaking and chewing much more difficult. These are non-issues when you have dental implants. They are more secure fitting than any other type of remedy for missing teeth.
Dentures can be uncomfortable for some people, as their jaw may have already begun resorption from where the original tooth was lost or from wearing dentures for an extended period. In most cases, this will either make it to where the person is unable to get implants or needs a bit of grafting done to make the procedure possible. Partials need to have some connection to your surrounding teeth to remain in place. Dental implants do not. They allow all of your healthy teeth to remain so because they are only there to replace a single tooth or gap at a time. One thing to take note of, however, is that you can get dentures that sit on your implants. This gives you the dentures to fill in larger spots where teeth have gone missing, such as an upper or lower arch, but the stability of implants.
What Does a Dental Implant Involve?
Implant Site Preparation
The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.
Placing the Implant:
After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured. After seven to ten days the sutures are removed. The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to become part of the bone of the jaw.
Attaching the Post:
When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant; it is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today's technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.
Placing the Crown:
After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.
There is a high rate of failure of implants in patients who smoke, so dental implants tend to not be an option for patients who are actively smoking. We will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.
Schedule Your Implant Appointment
To find out more about dental implants, give us a call at (408) 669-5400. We know all about implants, and can tell you how they could make your situation better, and healthier.
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