Dental implants are used to permanently restore missing teeth. Implants replace the root of the missing tooth and supports a crown, bridge or denture. Ideally they look so much like your natural teeth that after the implant is placed it will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
Losing a tooth can make you self-conscious about your smile. It may also cause many different dental problems such as teeth drifting out of place, which can cause the gums to become infected. Dental implants correct missing teeth by replacing the missing root with a small, sterile man-made titanium rod. This is placed in the upper or lower jawbone and provides a foundation to recreate the missing tooth or teeth.
Unlike placing a bridge on natural teeth, you don’t have to worry about decay under the implant crown or bridge. Implants still require excellent home care and regular visits to the dentist. They do eliminate the failure due to decay, which is the main cause of loss of bridges on natural teeth.
To determine if implants are right for you, request a consultation with your dentist and oral surgeon. The condition of your oral tissues, oral hygiene, personal habits, and commitment to follow aftercare instructions, will help to determine if implants are the appropriate treatment.
The implant procedure usually requires two separate appointments. During the first appointment the titanium implant and any necessary bone graft material is placed in your jaw bone. The implant will be left there undisturbed for roughly 4-6 months so the bone can integrate around it.
Once the healing and fusing is complete, the implant is uncovered and a titanium or custom porcelain abutment is placed into the implant so that there is a structure coming up through the gums. This structure holds a crown, bridge, or denture permanently.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, contact Celebration Dental Group today. With 3 locations , our team can handle all of your dental needs under one roof.