Dental implants are a long-lasting solution for a missing tooth. If you have lost all your teeth, a few teeth or even just one tooth, dental implants can be the way to bring your smile back. People lose teeth through accidents, gum disease, root canals gone bad, decay and other reasons. Those teeth can be replaced with dental implants, and your smile can look beautiful and natural again.
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option which is functional, natural looking and comfortable. It provides long-term comfort and stability, restores chewing function, and looks and feels like a natural tooth.
The replacement of a missing tooth with an implant provides for chewing ability, prevents teeth shifting, food impacting, and plays an esthetic role, especially with the front teeth. The dental implant is placed in the jawbone and works as a foundation or root for a post (supportive structure) and crown. The work is limited to adults and is most successful in nonsmokers. It can be used to replace one or more teeth, or to secure a denture.
A dental implant and implant crown will help minimize the amount of bone that will be lost in the area of the missing tooth. Preserving oral bone may help maintain your remaining natural teeth and natural facial contours.
Dental implants function like regular teeth, so chewing and eating can feel normal again. Gone are the days that traditional bridges are being made to replace teeth. Dental implants do not need to be attached to adjacent teeth, in effect, saving your other teeth, which would have needed to be filed down to have a bridge attached.
A dental implant includes a titanium post that is placed in the jaw at the site of the missing tooth or teeth. The jawbone then heals as it fuses to the implant post. Attached to the implant is a tooth-colored porcelain or zirconium dental crown made to look like a natural tooth in color, shape and size.
Because dental implants are made of titanium, they will never decay and are designed to last a lifetime, although proper maintenance is necessary to ensure the longevity of your implant.
Will Having Dental Implants Be Painful?
When placing the dental implant, your mouth is numb so that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Afterward, minimal discomfort may be experienced, although most patients report tenderness in the gum area only. In most cases, over-the-counter pain relievers will curb minor discomfort, and applying an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time should help with inflammation. A diet of soft foods may be ideal for the first few days following the placement of your implant, although you may ease back into your normal eating routine as soon as you feel comfortable. To take care of your dental implant, simply brush and floss it just like you do your regular teeth.
How Will Dental Implants Affect My Ability to Eat?
With dental implants, you can chew food just like you do with your regular teeth. Many people feel younger and report that their chewing abilities improve after receiving implants. This is especially true of patients who previously wore dentures. Having dental implants can make it feel as though you have your natural teeth back. It can truly be life changing.
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