Missing teeth are not just annoying, as they can inhibit your speech and the foods you can eat, but they can also have an unfortunate effect on your confidence. Often, people with a noticeable gap in their teeth are self-conscious about their smile. While dental bridges and dentures are effective and popular solutions for replacing missing teeth, a more effective solution is with dental implants. Dental Now 14 is happy to offer this solution to patients who are looking for a way to restore their smile.
The dental implant itself is a small metal post that is surgically inserted directly into the jawbone. It will eventually fuse with the bone to act as a tooth root and support the actual dental restoration that will replace the missing tooth or teeth – one implant can support multiple restorations.
Because dentures and bridges simply sit on the gum line or rely on natural teeth, they are not totally stable and can become loose. Dental implants act essentially as a tooth root, allowing you to use the dental prosthetic just like natural teeth. Additionally, implants:
It will take more than one appointment over the course of several months to have dental implants placed at Dental Now 14. Your dentist will first ensure that you have sufficient bone structure in your jaw to support the implants. If there is insufficient bone structure, a bone graft can be performed first to build it up.
To place the implants, your dentist will make a small incision into the gum line on the site of the missing tooth or teeth and prepare the underlying bone. The implant will then be inserted into place and have the gum tissue stitched closed over it. The site will be left alone for several months (approximately four) to allow the implants to fuse completely into the bone through a process called osseointegration.
Once the implant is ready, the artificial tooth or teeth will be attached to it (part of the implant will protrude through the gums). With a good oral hygiene routine, dental implants can be expected to last a lifetime.
For a great solution for replacing missing teeth, make an appointment at Dental Now 14 to talk to your dentist about dental implants.