Tooth loss can be devastating at any age. We rely on having all our teeth to chew properly, speak clearly, and smile with confidence. But if the unthinkable should occur, it is important to know there is a fabulous solution in the form of dental implants.
What Is A Dental Implant and How Is It Different?
A consultation with your implant dentist will explain how the procedure can benefit you, how long the process takes, and all the positive aspects of tooth replacement with dental implants.
A review of your overall health is followed by an extensive oral examination to determine candidacy for the implant process. Dental x-rays will determine bone strength where tooth loss has occurred. If bone is insufficient, there are procedures available to augment bone.
The dental implant itself is a small titanium post that is surgically embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss occurred. The bones in your gums will integrate the implant over time (a process known as osseointegration). The surgical area must heal and x-rays will be taken to make sure bone has successfully grafted to the implant before the final steps are performed.
Once the implant is stable, your dentist will have a cosmetic restoration made to match neighboring teeth. An abutment will be attached to the dental implant. The “tooth” will be tried in for fit, appearance, and function. Small adjustments can be made at this time, if needed. When correct, the restoration will be cemented in place.
The Final Result
You will have a tooth replacement that allows you to eat any and all your favorite foods, will never slip or move, and will look so natural no one will be able to tell which tooth was ever missing. You will be able to speak clearly and smile with confidence. Your dental implant is designed to last for your lifetime.
Caring for your dental implant is easy. You will brush and floss daily providing the same care as you do for all your teeth. During your dental cleaning visits, your dentist will make sure all continues to go well with your dental implant.
For more information or to schedule a tooth replacement consultation, contact our team at Howl Dental today.