Dental implants are replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They consist of a metal post or frame anchored to your jawbone and an artificial tooth on the gum line. They are a long-term solution to tooth loss because they are permanently placed in the jawbone and help preserve your natural facial structure. They also stimulate the bone in your jaw, helping to prevent the bone loss that can occur following the loss of a tooth. This is because the bone in your jaw can recede over time if the roots of your teeth are no longer there to stimulate new growth. This can lead to additional tooth loss from shifting teeth and make you appear prematurely old. At Advanced Dentistry, our dentist recommends replacing missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid these problems.
The Procedure for Dental Implants
First, our dentist will analyze your jaw and mouth to determine if dental implants are the right treatment option. If you are able to have dental implants placed, our dentist will begin the procedure of placing the implant in your jawbone. During the appointment set for the placement of the implants, our dentist will use the appropriate anesthetic and possibly a sedative to keep you comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Then, our dentist will make a small incision in your gums and drill a small hole into the jawbone where the implant will be placed. He will then place the implant and secure it, allowing the bone to heal around it and fuse with it. After the bone has healed around your new implant, you will return to our dentist to have the abutment, an attachment that connects the implant with the prosthetic crown, and the crown attached to the dental implant.
Once the dental implant procedure is done, you can eat and speak normally again. Your new tooth should look and feel just like a natural tooth! Any problems or issues should be reported to the doctor immediately to avoid further complications with your oral health.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide many advantages. Foremost of these is that they are fused with the jawbone, becoming a permanent solution to tooth loss that can last a lifetime with proper care. And because they are permanent and highly stable, implants can function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat the foods you love and speak clearly without worrying about your artificial teeth falling out or shifting around, unlike with dentures.
Another advantage provided by the implants’ permanence is you won’t need any messy adhesives to keep them in place. Also, brushing and flossing are all you need to do to keep them clean, the same as with natural teeth.
Visit your dentist twice yearly for regular cleanings and exams to ensure everything is in order with your dental implants. This will help keep them clean and healthy so you can enjoy them for years!
Dental implants offer several benefits, including improving your eating and speaking ability. They also help prevent additional tooth and bone loss in the jaw. To learn more about dental implants, visit Advanced Dentistry at 9920 U.S. Highway 90-A, Suite 100-C, Sugar Land, TX 77478, or call (281) 494-5600.