Tooth loss can occur due to trauma, decay, or disease. Perhaps maybe one or more permanent teeth never erupted properly. Dental implants provide an ideal solution to resolve missing teeth allowing the patient a permanent and beautiful restoration that looks and functions just like your natural teeth.
In preparation for the dental implant process the patient will undergo a medical questionnaire to assure they are healthy enough to ensure a successful procedure, and a thorough dental exam will follow including dental x-rays to determine bone strength in gum tissue where the implant is to be placed.
Insufficient bone does not automatically disqualify the patient, for there are options available to enhance the bone if needed. The patient is called upon to keep the implant clean by brushing and flossing as directed to prevent infection, a leading cause of implant failure. Tobacco is strongly discouraged as it’s another reason why implants fail.
The implant process begins with surgical placement of the titanium post in gum tissue where a tooth is missing. A healing period follows … during that time bone is grafting to the implant to form a solid base to support the restoration. The process of bone merging with the implant is called osseointegration … eventually the implant becomes a permanent part of the patient’s dental anatomy.
Once healed an abutment is attached to the implant and the tooth is tried in. When fit, appearance, and function are correct, your dentist will permanently cement it in place. Your dental provider will have fashioned the restoration to perfectly match surrounding teeth in size, shape, and color to make your new tooth indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth.
When the process is completed you will be able to eat all the foods you love; smile and laugh with confidence; and speak clearly without fear of an embarrassing slip as your new tooth is securely cemented in place.
Caring for your implant couldn’t be easier. Just as you brush and floss your natural teeth, that is all that is needed for your newly implanted tooth as well. During every six month dental visit, your dentist will carefully examine your implant to make sure all is well.
Dental implants are becoming a very popular way to restore missing dentition … a consultation with your dentist is your first step to a permanent solution for tooth loss. Contact our team today!