Teeth are essential to our healthy lives— without them, we cannot chew our food, smile, and speak properly. When you have missing teeth, it can make your face look sunken and deformed. Furthermore, unfilled gaps can cause the supporting bone to deteriorate and also affect alignment. It is paramount to replace your teeth to preserve your jaw bone integrity.
Several teeth replacement options are available that you can use to replace your teeth, like dental implants.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically placed into the jawbone to replace a tooth. Artificial teeth can last decades and are ideal for people who have lost teeth, have healthy gums and sufficient jaw bone.
Dental implants provide better oral health and may even reduce the risk of some diseases. They may also help patients avoid certain complications like jaw bone infections, gum disease, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
The best time to get a dental implant is when your gums have healed, you are in your prime health, between 18-40 years old, and have healthy gums.
Although the teeth implant is great, they are not ideal for everyone. You must have healthy teeth and gums and enough dental density to have the implants fixed. Your lifestyle habits can also affect the procedure like if you smoke, it can take longer for the gums to heal. In this case, the dentist can recommend other teeth replacement treatments,
Dental implants are an effective tooth replacement option, and here are three reasons why:
Missing teeth are notorious for affecting the integrity of the jaw by causing the supporting bone to deteriorate. The gradual loss of bone can be experienced even when you choose other restorative procedures like dentures or bridges. The use of dental implants, however, can help stop the loss of the bone.
This is because of the osseointegration process– dental implant and bone fuse.
Dental implants create a natural appearance and make it easy for patients to eat, speak, and smile. They also preserve the tissue between the teeth and gums, providing a long-lasting solution to tooth decay or gum disease.
An Implant is a small titanium screw that our dentist in Wenatchee drills into the jaw bone and attaches. Once in place, your body will slowly grow new bone around it, creating an anchor for your new tooth.
The implants fuse to the bone, and this creates a seamless look. This makes it easy for you to take care of the teeth with your standard dental hygiene practices. Also, the titanium screws do not decay as your natural teeth would.
Your dentist will discuss issues like what type of implant you want, your jawbone shape, what problems you are experiencing (if any), and if you are a candidate for surgery.
The dentist will examine to ensure that your jawbone is strong enough for an implant to be inserted.
He may also run x-rays and other tests to confirm if bone grafting surgery is necessary. If it is no grafting is required, the process can continue without any complications. The process will last for about an hour, and the dentist will stitch or cover the teeth with a temporary restoration to facilitate healing.
The recovery period for dental implant surgery is not the same for every patient. It usually takes about six to nine months to get back to normal, but some patients can return to work sooner.
If you are thinking of getting dental implants, it might be a good idea to talk with your family dentist near you about how long it will take.
Visit Sunrise Dental of Wenatchee for more information about dental implant procedures and costs.