09 Mar Dental Implants: Enjoy the Health Benefits of a Complete Smile
Tooth loss can happen due to trauma, disease, or decay. Once a permanent tooth is gone, it will not grow back. But there are solutions to restore one or more lost teeth; a visit to an implant dentist for a consultation will reveal if you are a candidate and how you can retain your smile and full function of your teeth following tooth loss.
Having all your teeth is beneficial; missing teeth is not natural even as you age. With your dentition restored you can smile with confidence, speak clearly without fear of mispronunciation, and eat all the foods you love from a juicy steak to a crisp apple without concern.
When teeth are missing, there are other concerns including:
Remaining teeth start to shift creating problems with the bite.
Tooth loss results in bone loss in gum tissue. This can lead to facial changes and a shriveled appearance.
When determining if dental implants are the right choice for you, your implant dentist will conduct a thorough dental exam as well as discuss any health concerns you may have. If you have already experienced bone loss where implants are needed, there are procedures where bone can be enhanced to allow for a more successful outcome.
A dental implant is made from titanium, a metal designed to prevent rejection and allow bone to fuse to it making it the ideal support for the restoration that will eventually cover it. A temporary cover is placed over the surgically placed implant to protect it.
There is a healing period that follows implant placement. During this time your implant dentist will encourage you to take excellent care to brush and floss daily to keep the implant area free from infection. Periodic visits to the dentist to check on your progress can be anticipated. Smoking and tobacco use are strongly discouraged as this can lead to implant failure.
When ready, the implant is uncovered. Your dentist will have had the dental lab fabricate a restoration that will match surrounding biological teeth making your implant virtually undetectable. Whether you are replacing one or several teeth, upon completion you will experience a happier, healthier countenance.
Smiling, speaking, and eating will be restored to the time before you experienced tooth loss giving you the self-confidence and joy you might have thought were lost forever.