A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in your jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over 3 to 6 months. The implants are fixed through a surgical procedure. These implants restore your smile as well your tooth's function. Dental implants act as a replacement for the missing teeth. It is a good option for people who have lost a tooth due to an injury, periodontal disease, or some other reason.
The material used for these implants is titanium, which is readily accepted by the body due to its properties. It requires no extra maintenance apart from regular brushing and flossing.
What are the benefits of Implant Dentistry?
- The main benefit of Implant dentistry is that they prevent the sunken look associated with missing teeth.
- The implants placed in the jawbone help retain the face's fullness and contours by retaining the supporting bone.
- They look and function like natural teeth.
- Dental implants stand-alone without depending on the surrounding teeth for support.
- They are strong and sturdy and can last for over ten years with proper care.
- It helps in restoring your ability to bite and chew food.
How does Implant Dentistry work?
The initial step in Implant Dentistry is to consult your dentist. The dentist will examine your jaw and gums to decide if dental implants could be beneficial for you. Age is not a barrier in opting for Implant dentistry. This procedure can be carried out if your jawbone has adequate bone for the implant.
The next step is the surgical placement of the titanium implant in the jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia for the comfort of the patient. If the dental implant site still has an existing damaged tooth, it has to be extracted before the process is carried out.
A successful implant will depend on your body's ability to heal. The implants take about 3 to 6 months to integrate with your jawbone, providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth.
The last step in this process is to restore your smile with a dental crown, an implant-supported bridge, or an Implant-supported denture (full or partial).
What is the cost of Dental Implants?
The implants' cost depends mainly on the technique and the type of material used for the crown. The number of teeth to be implanted also determines the actual cost of the procedure.
How do you care for the implanted teeth?
The cleaning of the implants is as simple as taking care of your natural teeth. It is essential to care for the implants for them to last longer. However, you have to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist.
Call us at Briarwood Family Dentistry or schedule an online appointment to know more about Implant Dentistry.