Today, there are many different ways to replace a missing tooth and restore both the appearance and health of your smile. One common method is the dental implant.
It involves having a metal post implanted in the gums to replace a missing root and a crown that is screwed on top to replace the crown of the tooth. The dental implant will look and function just like a regular tooth, and help restore your confidence and full bite.
If you’re considering dental implants, here are 3 things you should know about them.
Dental implants are generally well tolerated by people with overall good health and healthy gums, but in some cases, you might need a bit of preparation before you can get the implant.
For example, if you’ve dealt with a missing tooth for a long time, it’s possible to experience some bone loss in the jawline, as the jaw was not stimulated enough during this period. As a result, the surgeon will first perform a bone graft procedure to replace the missing bone and then, after it heals, implant the metal root.
For teeth missing from your upper arch, there might be an issue with your sinuses. You could require a sinus lift to make enough room for the metal root to be fully implanted into the jaw. Your dentist will inspect your teeth and let you know if you need additional procedures before you can get your dental implant.
Dental implants have a long recovery time. After you get the metal root implanted, it can take even 6 months for the gums and bones to heal around the implant.
Additionally, the crown is lab-made specifically for you, to suit the natural color and overall appearance of your teeth. It’s possible to modify the crown 1-2 times to get the right proportions and look, so this can extend the timeline even further.
Dental implants can last you a lifetime, but only with the right oral hygiene. They are not indestructible and still need to be cleaned.
The good news is that you don’t have to have a special routine just for your dental implant. Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day and use floss to remove food particles between your teeth. Avoid chewing on hard foods that can chip or crack the crown.
If you’re interested in getting a dental implant or other procedures to replace missing teeth, The Art of Dentistry is at your service.
Book an appointment with Dr. Kory Kirkegaard online now and gain access to the expert dental services that can restore the feel and look of your smile!