Dental Implants offer an excellent solution for people who have lost one or more teeth. They essentially create new teeth that cannot be virtually distinguished from natural teeth. There could be several reasons for tooth loss, such as tooth decay, accidents or gum diseases, etc. An implant basically replaces an entire tooth structure, unlike the fillings or bonding. They provide a solid foundation for the replacement teeth as they are created for the purpose of serving as the tooth’s root. Due to the quality of the implants, they last longer than the other alternatives. Although the cost may be comparatively higher, it should be considered as a long-term investment that will lead to a comfortable and restored quality of life.
Why should you have a Dental Implant at the earliest?
A serious concern for patients, who have lost one or more teeth, is the deterioration of the jawbone. About 25% of the supporting structure of a jawbone is lost just one year after losing a tooth. And the replacement of the lost bone will involve complex procedures and more expenditure. To avoid unnecessary hassles, it is recommended to undergo a dental implant at the earliest to ensure a healthier and happier result in the long run.
What are the benefits of a Dental Implant?
Dental Implants can bring about the following improvements:
- A dental implant can help prevent bone loss and sagging of the facial muscles.
- There is a major improvement in speech.
- A dental implant procedure does not require alterations and grinding down of the healthy teeth for abutments.
- It helps distribute force to the jaw for painless chewing and biting.
- It eliminates the risk of a denture slipping or falling out.
- The beauty of your smile is restored, and consequently, your self-confidence is boosted.
- There is an improvement in overall oral health.
What is the procedure for a Dental Implant?
The exact timeline required for a dental implant may vary as the process involves several phases and is also determined by the severity of the patient’s condition. After a detailed discussion about your oral history, an x-ray is taken. A comprehensive examination is done to check for any prevalent conditions and determine if any other procedure has to be performed before starting the process of installing the implants. The dentist will carve a channel in the jawbone and place the implant, a titanium screw, in the prepared space. A healing period of 3-4 months is allowed to enable the fusion of the implant with the bone. When the channel is fully healed, a final restoration such as a crown is secured over the implant.
The implants must be maintained clean to ensure their longevity and are a worthwhile investment for getting a beautiful smile.
Call us at Robin Lambert Mells DDS on (408) 243-4216 or schedule an online appointment to know more about Dental Implants.