What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post which is inserted into the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root.
Unrestored, lost or missing teeth will cause your bone to recede and, with time, will alter your facial appearance and speech. Dental implants can prevent your bone from receding and help restore the facial structure.
Shortly after you lose natural teeth, the face begins to age and change due to the bone loss. The longer you wait, the more changes occur - the muscles that help you chew your food begin to shorten to accommodate the reduced space between your nose and your chin. A dental implant can prevent the bone loss and improve the facial skeletal structure.
A dental implant is a small titanium post which is inserted into the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root and acts as an anchor to hold the artificial tooth firmly in place.
Dental Implants Explained
dental implant placement steps
On your first appointment, the implant is inserted and allowed time to fuse with your bone. This step takes anywhere from three (3) to six (6) months to allow for proper healing and to make sure that the dental implant fused with the bone. A temporary crown will be placed over the space for the duration of the healing.
On your second appointment - a replacement tooth/crown will be fitted to your dental implant via a small attachment. Dental implants look like real teeth, allowing you to chew, brush and eat normally, and, with proper care, will last a lifetime.
Five (5) consequences from loss of teeth without replacement
1. Difficulty chewing - lost or missing teeth can cause issues while chewing food – leading to possible indigestion. Food can get trapped in the missing gap which may cause faster decay of nearby teeth.
2. Drifting teeth - when there is a gap between teeth, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty spaces, causing crooked teeth. Furthermore, opposing teeth may over-erupt.
3. Changes in face appearance - changes in facial structure due to bone resorption.
4. Poor speech - can cause difficulty while speaking, especially if front teeth are missing.
5. Loss of lip support.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Ability to chew and speak properly
- Improved facial appearance
- Preservation of jaw bone structure
- Natural appearance and function of teeth
- Improved confidence
IS THERE PAIN OR DISCOMFORT?
Immediately after the surgery and for a few days, some pain or discomfort may occur. However, with medication, any pain can be easily managed. You may find that your gums and skin around the area may bruise, become sore and have some minor bleeding. This is normal, and discomfort will diminish, and you should start noticing improvement in seven (7) to ten (10) days.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dentures can be a more affordable alternative to dental implants but are less comfortable and durable. Over time bone loss will cause dentures to stop fitting properly and they will need to be adjusted or replaced.
In a recent Nobel Biocare International study, 75% of respondents with either a bridge, partial or full dentures would have chosen implants if they had known about bone loss.
How do I know if I am a candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are considered one of the best options for people with good oral who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, injury or an accident. To learn more call our office to schedule your no obligation consultation or visit or website to learn more about benefits of dental implants.