Despite the fact that many advancements have been made in the field of dental care, millions of Americans have damaged or missing teeth. While this condition may seem to only affect us cosmetically, there are a host of other adverse conditions that may be developing as a result of your mouth not being in a state of good health.
Twenty years ago, the only options for people with damaged or missing teeth were bridges, partials, and crowns. These treatments were not only time consuming, but expensive and uncomfortable as well; many of these treatments needed upkeep and restructuring just to keep wear and tear of teeth at bay.
Dental Implants–A Fantastic Innovation
Dental implants are structures that function as replacement tooth roots. They provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth that are made to match natural teeth surrounding the structure.
Why Do I Need Dental Implants?
Degeneration of the mouth, teeth and gums reaches far beyond superficial tissues. Over time, areas of the mouth where teeth are missing may also lose bone mass and tissues that would be able to hold in artificial teeth. Should this condition be allowed to persist for a number of years, it can cause damage to the jaw, bone, and even the structure of the face. It is essential that you take measures to prevent bone loss due to broken and missing teeth. Some more advantages of dental implants include:
- An improved appearance Implants look and feel like real teeth, and they perform like them as well. Over time, the artificial root structures fuse with existing bone to become permanent.
- Improved speech — Dentures and semi-permanent partials can slip, causing you to trip over words that otherwise might be easy to chew on. Due to the permanent nature of implants, there is no danger of any equipment slipping or falling out, leaving you with clear and concise speech.
- Easier eating — Sliding dentures and slipping partials can make chewing and swallowing difficult. Dental implants work like your own teeth would, allowing you to chew and swallow in comfort.
- Better self-esteem When your smile is white and bright, you’ll gain confidence in yourself and your appearance. Dental implants allow you to put your best tooth forward!
- Improved oral health — Other procedures require the reduction or alteration of other teeth in order to successfully implement. Dental implants, however, do not require any other alterations to teeth around them, and they help the bone and gum tissues supporting the teeth retain their original shape, improving oral health and appearance.
How Is An Implant Procedure Performed?
Dental implant surgery happens in stages. Most of the time in between stages is spent waiting for the mouth to heal before moving forward. A dentist that is trained to perform a dental implant procedure is well acquainted with what is needed for this surgery, and they will take the time and care to perform each stage correctly to prepare your teeth for the next step.
First, your dentist will determine whether you have enough bone density to hold the hardware. If not, you may receive a bone graft, where they insert bone from another area of your body into your jaw, fortifying the area where the implant will be placed.
Next, after your jaw has had sufficient time to heal, the dentist will place a metal dental implant in your jaw, screwing it down into your jawbone. The process of osseointegration begins, where the screw will actually fuse bone, providing the most possible strength for the top of the tooth.
Lastly, after you’ve fully healed, the dentist will top the screw with an abutment and crown, taking a mold of your teeth and creating it to fit and blend in with your teeth. The result? A sturdy tooth-shaped structure that performs like a real tooth.
Won’t all of this HURT?
Many people have fears that dental implantation will be a painful process. While all of the drilling, screwing, and preparation may sound painful, most people liken the experience to having a tooth pulled. Because local anesthetic is used to dull sensation, pain management is simple and effective. For patients that have excessive anxiety about the procedure, it is possible to be sedated during surgery to make them more comfortable.
Immediately following surgery, there might be some pain, but this is manageable with medication and a combination of applying ice to swollen areas and rinsing with warm salt water to prevent infection from forming. Benefits of having this procedure performed far outweigh any potential discomfort you may experience as you heal.
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At King of Prussia Periodontics & Dental Implants, all we do is create beautiful smiles. Whether you are in need of a cleaning or you need more extensive work done, we specialize in working with you to create the best, most confident smile you’ve ever seen in your mirror. Let us create a more beautiful, confident you. Visit website www.kopperio.com today to set up an appointment for your sizzling smile!