Contrary to popular belief, if you’re missing a tooth or two you’re not condemned to spend the rest of your life smiling with your mouth closed or avoiding photographs. Whether you’re missing multiple teeth or require a tooth extraction, it may be worthwhile discussing the option of implant dentistry with your dentist.
What is Implant Dentistry?
While most individuals are familiar with the process of getting a filling or a crown inserted, many individuals are unaware of the process behind implant dentistry. While a crown is bonded to what is left of a rotten tooth and fillings are used to fill cavities, implant dentistry involves the replacement of teeth and their roots and can restore a patient’s smile.
The Benefits of Opting for Dental Implants:
While the cosmetic benefits of getting dental implants may be obvious, dental implants can also restore strength and support to your jaw and mouth. As an added benefit the materials used in implant dentistry such as titanium won’t decay like your original teeth, so once you’ve had an implant installed you won’t have to worry about tooth decay or infection. Once you have dental implants installed you may also find that simple tasks such as eating and talking are a lot easier.
How Does Implant Dentistry Work?
Should you choose to opt for implants, your dentist will insert artificial roots, which resemble metal screws into your jawbone. Depending on the complexity of your individual case, your dentist may ask for a CT scan to be completed prior to your procedure, so that they can use a surgical guide to insert your artificial roots and decrease the risk of causing long term jaw damage.
Once your dentist has successfully drilled a minuscule hole in your jawbone, they will widen it so that it’s big enough to hold the metal screw which will serve as the root for your implant. Once the metal screw is successfully inserted your dentist will use surrounding gum tissue to cover it. Lastly, a protective covering will be placed on top of the gum tissue which is covering the metal screw.
At this stage, your dentist will either go ahead and attach an abutment, which will act as a connecter between the metal screw which has been inserted in your jawbone and your artificial tooth replacement, or they may send you home to let the area which has been operated on heal for six months. Regardless, once your abutment has been inserted, your dentist will be able to go ahead and create a temporary crown which will be replaced by a permanent crown or artificial tooth, once the gum tissue surrounding your temporary crown has healed.
The Healing Process:
Following your procedure you may experience minor discomfort as well as swelling of the face and gums. Minor bleeding may also occur, if it doesn’t stop after a few days, simply ring your dentist for a check up consultation. While it may take six months for your jawbone and gums to heal after having your metal screw inserted in your jaw bone, it should only take two months for your gums to heal after your permanent crown has been inserted.
How Long Will Your Implant Last?
If you’re diligent about taking care of your implant and ensuring to regularly brush and floss your teeth, your dental implant should remain in excellent condition for at least forty years. Following your operation, ensure to have a chat with your dentist about the steps you can take to take care of your dental implant.
Is Implant Dentistry the Right Option for You?
If you’re aged 18 or older and have a fully grown jawbone and you’re patient enough to undergo multiple procedures which may take several months to complete, you may be an ideal candidate to undergo implant dentistry.
Finding Out More Information:
If you’re interested in finding out more information about Edmond OK Implant Dentistry, then book a consultation with a New Image Dentistry who’ll be able to guide you through the step by step process of getting implants installed as well as the distinct advantages of opting for implants as well as any risks associated with implant dentistry. So what are you waiting for? The sooner you talk to us, the closer you’ll be to attaining the healthy smile you’ve been dreaming of.