What You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Friday January 15, 2016 by Melissa Brown, DDS
When you meet someone for the first time, what do you notice first? If you ask most people, they will say a smile. That is why it is so important for people to feel confident about their smiles. When you feel less-than satisfied with your smile, it can affect many aspects of your life. Despite improvements in dental care, there are many Americans who suffer from conditions that impair their smiles, one of those being tooth loss. Here at Murray-Hill, we love making our patients feel their very best which is why we offer options for patients with missing teeth.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental Implants are used to replace missing teeth. They act as replacement roots and provide a strong foundation for a fixed (permanent) implant. Because of the advancements in dental care and procedures, dental implants can be made to match the color and size of your natural teeth. This allows them to look and feel like the existing teeth.
For many people who have missing teeth, this is a great option to help improve the appearance of their smiles. Before dental implants, the only options for missing teeth were dentures and bridges. If dentures are ill-fitting, it could likely cause difficulty speaking. Dental implants allow you to speak more naturally because they are not only permanent, but they fit perfectly in your mouth as well. Dental implants are also more comfortable for the patient. Since they fuse with the bone, they essentially become a permanent part of the mouth. This also improves the chewing ability for the patient.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS?
The first step in the process begins with a dental examination. At that time we set you up with an individualized treatment plan. The plan will address your specific needs and expectations for your dental implants. Once a personalized plan is created, the tooth root implant is made (This process is completed under local anesthesia). It is inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, creating an anchor to the jaw.
Once the implant has properly bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post is attached to securely hold the new tooth. Before the new tooth is made, we make impressions of your teeth to determine your bite and the arrangement. This helps us to make an accurate replica of your existing teeth. Once the new tooth, which is called a crown, is created, it is then attached to the connector post. Since the dental implant is attached to your jawbone, it will function like your natural teeth. It is typical to experience some minor pain after an implant procedure. The dentist will likely recommend an over-the-counter medication to alleviate the pain. Once your implant has healed, you are ready to give your biggest and brightest smile!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants can significantly improve your smile and the quality of life almost instantaneously. Here are a few reasons why you should consider dental implants if you have missing teeth:
*Improves your facial appearance and jaw bone structure
*Improves chewing and eating ability due the natural feel and fit of the implant
*Brightens your smile and increases your confidence
*Restores your mouth to its natural state by filling in missing teeth
*Enhances your overall quality of life
If you talk to anyone who has had a dental implant procedure, they will likely tell you that it was the best decision they have ever made. Nothing fully replaces a natural tooth, but dental implants are the closest and best option to replacing and replicating a missing tooth. If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, please do not be embarrassed. We are here to help you. Contact us today so we can begin your path to regaining that healthy, happy smile again!