Your smile is the first thing people notice. If you have missing teeth, it's normal to feel self-aware. But, aesthetics aren't the only issue here. Missing teeth can lead to other problems too, such as TMJ disorder, misalignment issues, and so on.
If you want to fix your smile and are thinking about getting dental implants, then this article is for you.
What Are Dental Implants
Let's start with the basics and help you understand what dental implants are and how they work. A dental implant is like a fake tooth implanted in your jaw bone. But, unlike other replacement options, where the crown is supported by the surrounding teeth, with an implant, the post will be inserted into the jaw bone just the root of a natural tooth.
Dental implants are made of three parts: the metal post, the abutment, and the crown.
As mentioned, the post will be inserted into your jaw bone. Then, the dentist will place the abutment, which works like a connection between the post and the crown.
Why Should You Get a Dental Implant
With so many other replacement options out there, most of them cheaper than implants, you may wonder if dental implants are really worth it.
Unlike other replacement treatments, dental implants actually work like a natural tooth. That means that the metal post will stimulate the jaw bone, which can reduce the risks of jaw bone density loss.
What to Expect from the Dental Implant Process
It's important to know from the beginning that the dental implant process can take between six to nine months depending on your oral health.
During the initial consultation, the dentist will check your oral health and make sure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. That means that you need to:
- Have good oral health
- Have enough bone density on your jaw to support the implant
- Not have periodontal or gum disease
Don't worry! Even if you don't initially qualify, you can get treatment until you are good to go. For example, if you don't have enough bone density, then a bone graft can help solve this issue. That also means that the process will be lengthier and more expensive.
- The Dental Implant Surgery
The metal post will be surgically inserted into the jaw bone. After the surgery, you will have to follow a set of instructions to ensure proper healing. You will then need to wait for up to six months for the osseointegration process to be completed.
- Adding the Abutment and the Crown
Once the implant site has healed and the post fused with the jaw bone and is stable, the dentist will place the abutment and then the crown to complete the implant.
Interested in Implants? Our Esteemed Doctors Can Help
Are you looking for a team of professionals to help you restore your smile? Consultants In Dental Aesthetics has got you covered.
Head to our website to book your consultation online or call us at (281) 370-8786.