For those who have damaged or missing teeth, it may seem like there are very few ways to improve your smile. Gaps from missing teeth can be problematic for chewing, communicating, and aesthetics. Yet, dental implants offer a long-term solution in all of these areas.
Dental implants are a type of artificial tool. They look and function as normal teeth. They consist of three parts – the implant itself, titanium or another strong metal device placed into the area where the tooth root is, an abutment, which works as a connection component, and a dental crown, which is the part you’ll see.
Dental implants can help to be replacements for one or more teeth. They can be used after removing a decaying tooth or a damaged tooth after an injury. They can also be used to add a partial or full mouth of dentures. In this case, the implants act as anchors for one or more artificial teeth. When in place, they restore the function of the teeth – helping with chewing, biting, communicating, and appearance. In short, dental implants improve oral health.
The dental implant procedure takes time. Because of the complexity of implants, it often takes several weeks of planning. Here’s what happens.
After the procedure, you could see some swelling of the gums and face. There may also be some gum repair that needs to be done. Your dentist will work with you closely to ensure the healing process goes well. Once in place and healed, you will have teeth that look and feel normal without many restrictions on what you can eat.
Dental implant benefits are numerous, but you have to maintain your implants to keep seeing them. Most of the time, this includes the same steps you would take to keep your teeth healthy – routine dental checkups and proper brushing and flossing. It’s important to use only a soft toothbrush and avoid hard and sticky foods that could break the tooth. Also, avoid any type of abrasive product on the exterior of the implant as that can cause damage as well.
Cedar Dental offers dental implant surgical guides to ensure the best possible results. This advanced technology helps oral surgeons place dental implants properly in the best location. This is done using imaging software that creates a map for where the implant will be placed. For this method to be used, the dentist will take impressions and images of the area to send to the software. It then creates the guide device, which looks just like a clear retainer.
Learn more about dental implants to improve your oral health, whether you need one or several teeth replaced. Contact us today to discuss dental implant costs and to schedule a consultation and exam.