There is no need to fear having an incomplete smile with dental implants – they provide fixed, permanent solution, in comparison to removable partial or complete dentures. It’s like getting new strong teeth.
Dental implants are like artificial teeth, with their own roots, usually made of titanium, that are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, just like real roots. The tooth implants themselves are natural looking and can easily restore or better a smile! This procedure can be performed by your dentist or a Periodontist – as specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The implants are very strong, durable, and stable, and rarely need to be tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Dental implants are viable solutions to many problems:
- • missing teeth
- • joint pain or bite problems, caused by teeth shifting into the spaces of missing teeth
- • timid smiles
- • chewing and digestive problems
- • difficulty with speech due to missing teeth
- • loose, uncomfortable dentures
There are a few things to know about getting dental implants: most importantly, that getting implants requires several visits over multiple months. First things first, x-rays and impressions of your teeth and jaw will be taken to determine the amount of space available for implants in your bone, gums, and tooth gaps. When the time comes for inserting the root part of the implant, the area will be numbed, and the implant will be surgically placed into the bone. It must have up to six months to heal and integrate itself into the jaw. Then, depending on the type of implant you get, the ‘post,’ which the artificial tooth sits on, will be placed. Other implants include the post with the anchor being placed at the same time.
Several weeks of healing will be needed before the artificial tooth can be made and fitted onto the post. It is possible that your implants may need to be refitted to ensure maximum comfort and stability. Soon, the new tooth, or teeth, will look and act like natural teeth! So, make sure to keep proper oral hygiene, and to visit the dentist regularly.