Dental Implants: Benefits and Procedures
Partly made of titanium, dental implants are used to restore missing teeth. These artificial teeth are placed directly into a patient’s jawbone, and are, therefore, permanent fixtures. Because of this, dental implants are a great option replace lost teeth. Call Direct Dental to learn about the benefits of dental implants.
Dental Implants Benefits
This 6 minute video explains the dental implant benefits. It is Dr. Bruno Silva, an implant dentist from England.
Implants are a more permanent solution compared to bridges and dentures mainly because they rely on the surrounding teeth to keep them in place. Many dentists suggest that these are the best option when it comes to replacing lost teeth since they are placed in the missing tooth’s root. As a result, they leave the patient with a better, more natural-looking smile compared to other options.
Unless someone tells you that they have implants, it could be hard even to know that they have a missing tooth. Unlike options like bridges, which affect the teeth they are anchored on, implants do not cause any damage to surrounding teeth.
Other benefits of having dental implants include:
• Dental implants are more comfortable to have considering that you do not have to fix them in by yourself as you would with dentures
• Improved appearance since they are fused directly into your jawbone, your smile looks as natural as before.
• Implants eliminate the eating problems people wearing dentures have
• Since they are permanently fixed into the jawbone, you clean them as you naturally would your teeth brushing daily; there is no need to remove and clean them on a daily basis
• If well maintained, implants could last a lifetime
Dental Implant Procedure
The process of having dental implants put in place will require some work and several visits to your dentist. A dental specialist will advise you on everything you need to know about their placement. The good thing is that implants are positioned in the jaw while the patient is under local anesthesia. However, there are some who will require sedation. It is also important to note that implant procedures are different based on the dentist’s experience, patient’s preferences, and each situation. Nonetheless, the process normally involves three steps.
The First Step: A titanium implant, or screw, is surgically screwed into the patient’s jawbone to replace the removed tooth root. It is this screw that serves as an anchor for the false tooth that will be placed to replace the lost one. Once the implant is installed, the patient will have to wait until the area heals before the next step can take place. This healing process usually takes three months but may vary from patient to patient.
The Second Step: Once the implants have successfully integrated with the jawbone, the dentist will then connect a post to the dental implant. This post is usually visible above the gum line. Your dental implant specialist will make an implant mold for the prosthetic tooth, or dental crown.
The Third Step: Once the prosthetic tooth or teeth are made, your dentist can permanently fix the tooth to the dental implant.
Many people who have had a tooth or teeth replaced through this procedure are often surprised at just how straightforward the entire process is, despite titanium screws being installed into their jaw bone! It is not as bad as it sounds, and the results are teeth that look, feel, and function so natural, you would mistake them for real teeth. This procedure is totally worth it!