Dental Implants: Enjoy the Health Benefits of a Complete Smile
Tooth loss can occur for many reasons; and missing dentition can impact your ability to chew, speak clearly, and smile with self confidence. While there are several solutions, dental implants allow the patient to perform as if all of their natural teeth are back. A consultation with your dentist will provide a treatment plan that will outline all the details that will show you how this is possible.
Your treatment plan begins with a discussion about your overall health. A very thorough dental exam will follow that will include dental x-rays to determine bone strength in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Insufficient bone does not automatically exclude you from dental implant treatment; but bone augmentation may be needed prior to placing the implant.
Once the implant has been surgically placed in gum tissue, there is a healing period needed. The implant itself is a small titanium post; during the healing period, jawbone will integrate with the implant to form the support structure necessary for the cosmetic restoration that will eventually be cemented in place. The process of bone and implant fusing is known as osseointegration.
During this time periodic dental visits will be needed to make sure the process is staying on track. Your implant dentist will show you how to keep the area clean to prevent infection, a leading cause of implant failure.
Once healing and the bone integration segment of treatment is completed, your dentist is ready to complete the process. An abutment will be attached to the implant. A cosmetic restoration has been fabricated that will match neighboring teeth in size, shape, and shade that will be cemented to the abutment. Upon treatment completion, your newly restored tooth will be indistinguishable from surrounding teeth.
You will leave your dentist’s office with the capability to eat all your favorite foods as chewing will no longer be impeded by missing teeth; you will speak like you did before tooth loss occurred; and you will smile and laugh without embarrassment or fear that your new dentition will move or slip.
Caring for your new dental work is the same as what is done for all your natural teeth. Brush and floss every day; and visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam. Your dental implant should provide you with a lifetime of smiles.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office of Dr. Randy Parham and schedule your consultation today.