What You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Tooth loss is a very common issue among adults, especially as we age. The probability of losing at least one tooth increases over time and certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, diet, and overall health, can contribute to the loss of teeth. If a rotten tooth is not removed immediately, it will cause additional damage, not only to the gums but to surrounding teeth. Practicing good oral health as well as regular check-ups to your dentist will help decrease the chances of losing teeth, as there are many risks associated with a lost tooth when it is not replaced. The first, and most likely scenario, is that the teeth adjacent to the space where the tooth has been lost will tend to shift or tilt into the empty space. This leads to instability in the surrounding teeth and will eventually result in a misaligned bite and severely shifted teeth. However, if tooth loss is inevitable, dental implants are the next recommended step.
A dental implant procedure will quickly and efficiently solve missing teeth issues, such as receeding gums and shifting teeth. But, what exactly happens during a dental implant procedure?
- First, if the damaged tooth is still present, it will be completely removed,
- Second, if needed, the jawbone is prepared by grafting methods,
- Third, the dental implant is placed in the jawbone and the patient is sent home for a healing period,
- Next, the abutment, the piece the crown will eventually attach to, is placed on top of the implant and;
- Finally, the artificial tooth is placed on top of the abutment.
This procedure saves you more than just time and money over the long run, it saves you headache and gives you peace of mind about your oral health. When interviewed, people who have worn dentures for years say they prefer dental implants because of the multitude of benefits they offer. Dental implants are almost identical to normal teeth, in that they cannot be removed from the mouth and you can care for them just as you would natural teeth. Implants have many other benefits such as:
- They replace the roots of missing teeth, providing stability and lifetime assurance
- Speaking is clear and effortless, and there are fewer eating restrictions in comparison to dentures
- Dental implants are permanent, meaning you can avoid the embarrassing situation of having them potentially fall out in front of others
- Implants help to strengthen the jaw bone, whereas dentures can lead to jaw sagging
If you think you may need a dental implant procedure, talk to your Dentistry At Somerset about this time and cost saving alternative for tooth loss. Dentistry At Somerset doctors have over 20 years of experience with placing implants for our patients.