Dental implants are often known to be the best and most reliable replacement for missing teeth. The various advantages that they offer put them ahead of their nearest alternatives, such as dental bridges, dentures, etc.
Why should you get your missing teeth restored with implants?
Dentists highly recommend dental implants as they offer several advantages. Here are some of them.
- Since a dental implant consists of a metal post that acts as the root of a tooth, it eliminates the extra space in the jawbone available for the adjacent teeth. Hence, it prevents the remaining teeth from drifting.
- The biting and chewing ability of a person will be restored to normal with the help of an implant.
- The phonetics of a person, which was disrupted due to a missing tooth, will also be restored to normal.
- They are strong, durable, and long-lasting. Most dentists say that a dental implant would last for over ten years with proper care.
- With a dental implant replacing your missing tooth, you can regain your lost smile. They are visually so similar to a real tooth that nobody would ever find out that you have one unless you disclose it to them.
What is the procedure involved in getting an implant?
Getting a dental implant would take multiple visits to the dentist’s office over a few months. Here are some of the prominent steps involved.
- During the initial visit, the dentist screens the teeth for any possible infections, signs of bone loss, etc.
- The x-rays help in determining the spacing available for the implant, extent of bone deterioration, and the exact placement of the teeth.
- In case the jawbone has suffered significant deterioration, the dentist would suggest the patient go for a bone graft. This is because placing an implant would require a certain amount of jawbone to hold it steady and prevent any misalignment issues.
- The exact measurements of the implant will be determined with the help of a highly precise mold. It will be sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the implant crown.
- During the procedure, the dentist will numb the gums and the jawbone with the help of local anesthesia. Next, a small slit will be cut on the gums to expose the jawbone.
- Highly precise instruments are used to make a tiny hole in the bone. The metal implant is firmly inserted into place and made sure that it doesn’t slip out or move.
- It would take a few weeks for the gums and the jawbone to heal. After this, the fabricated crown will be attached to the metal implant and firmly held in place with the help of adhesives and a connecting abutment.
- Finally, the implant would be checked for the proper bite. It will be made to match the exact color of the remaining teeth.
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