Dental implants replace the tooth’s root (the part within the gum), and provide either a permanent or removable foundation for the crown of the tooth (the part above the gum). Whether the tooth has decayed or fallen out, dental implants can be inserted to match the look and feel of your natural teeth and are a favorable alternative to dentures for many people.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Longevity: unlike dentures, most dental implants are permanent and do not need to be removed or replaced. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Appearance: dental implants feel like your own teeth, and look more realistic than bridges, crowns, or dentures. This leads to renewed confidence in your natural-looking smile.
- Improved function: normal eating, drinking, and speaking become easier with dental implants because they won’t slide around or cause pain with chewing. Because they replace one tooth at a time, they won’t interfere with other healthy teeth. And, because they become fused beneath your gums, implants are less likely to cause discomfort than their removable cousins.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The dental implant is made to replace the tooth root and is generally made of titanium, which fuses with the jawbone when placed into the socket of the missing tooth. Although each treatment plan is constructed to meet your individual needs, the healing process can take 6-12 weeks. Once the implant is fully bonded with the jawbone, a small connector is attached to the post, upon which a new crown is secured. Your dentist will likely take an impression of your teeth so your implant will directly resemble the look and feel of your real tooth, improving its overall comfort and appearance.
Sometimes, if many teeth are missing, your doctor might recommend attaching a removable denture to your implant, which can function in place of several teeth at one time and can be taken out for cleaning.
Care of Dental Implants
While most patients state that very little discomfort is involved in the dental implant procedure, mild soreness may remain for several days after the initial surgery, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Because dental implants function as real teeth, they require the same care: daily brushing and flossing are required to maintain the health of your natural teeth as well as your dental implants, and your dentist may recommend more frequent check-ups to ensure the dental implant is functioning properly.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you suffer from tooth decay, gingivitis, or have missing teeth due to injury or disease, dental implants may be a healthy and permanent solution. Heavy smokers and people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer may be evaluated on an individual basis, but in most cases a generally healthy patient can qualify for a dental implant.
If you are considering dental implants, contact TruBlu Dentistry today to see if they are right for you.