A dental implant is a complete replacement of the natural tooth root, and is anchored into the jawbone permanently. This titanium base serves as a foundation for a permanent or removable replacement tooth. Dental implants are the most permanent solution for tooth replacement and, except in very rare cases, implants should never need to be replaced. It is also impossible to get a cavity in the replacement tooth when dental implants are used. The teeth affixed to implants are very normal looking and usually boost or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants also offer a permanent solution to removable dentures. Implants supply outstanding support and security of these dental care devices.
If you have a tooth which is decayed at the root and which needs complete replacement, you may need a dental implant.
6 Reasons for getting a dental implant:
• Replacing one or more missing teeth without impacting adjacent teeth.
• Fixing bite issues or pain caused by teeth moving into the space of a missing tooth.
• Restoring a patient’s confidence in their appearance.
• Repairing chewing, speech, and food digestion problems.
• Restoring or boosting facial tissues.
• Supporting a denture or bridge, making them more stable and comfortable.
This is the modern standard of care for a single tooth replacement, and can also be used as a base for a bridge, thus helping to fill a gap caused by multiple missing teeth. Anyone with a sound jawbone and healthy gums is a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are the closest substitute possible in modern dentistry for natural healthy teeth.
What is involved in getting a dental implant?
The entire process of obtaining a dental implant requires several visits to the dentist over a number of months.
X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine the exact location of bone tissue, gum structure, and the spacing available for an implant. With the area numbed, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and then the area is allowed to heal and incorporate the implant into the bone for up to 6 months. Depending on the type of implant used, an extra surgical procedure might be necessary to put in the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in position. With some types of implants, the post and anchor are connected and installed at the same time.
After a period of healing time, the artificial tooth or teeth are constructed and fitted onto the post. Because several fittings may be necessary, this action can take 1-2 months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are firmly connected to the implant, giving excellent stability and convenience to the patient.