Tooth loss can occur due to trauma, disease, or decay. You can restore lost dentition most naturally through the use of dental implants. A visit with your implant dentist will provide all the information you need to pursue this tooth replacement solution.
What is a Dental Implant?
The implant itself is a titanium post that your dentist will surgically place in gum tissue where a tooth is missing. Bone that once held your tooth in place will incorporate the implant over time allowing it to become a solid base for the restoration it will eventually support.
The dental implant process has become a popular and common procedure that is very successful in restoring dentition to as close to your biological teeth as possible.
The process begins with a discussion about overall health; this is followed by an extensive oral examination to ascertain bone strength where the implant is to be placed. Insufficient bone may require a bone augmentation procedure prior to placing the implant.
A healing period follows allowing bone to fuse to the implant, a process knows as osseointegration. Once bone and implant are merged and healing has taken place, your dentist will resume with the cosmetic aspect of the implant process.
You will likely be returning periodically to see the implant dentist to assure that everything is progressing correctly. Keeping the implant area clean is important to prevent infection. Tobacco use is restricted.
The Final Result
An abutment will be attached to the implant. Your dentist will have had the cosmetic restoration fabricated to blend naturally with neighboring teeth making your implanted tooth indistinguishable from the rest of your biological teeth. The restoration will be tried in for fit and aesthetics; when correct, it will be attached to the abutment.
Your ability to eat all your favorite foods is again a reality; you will never have to worry about this tooth slipping or moving when you speak; and you will smile with a renewed self-confidence.
Taking care of your newly placed tooth and the implant itself requires you do nothing special. You will brush and floss daily like you did before, and visit our team at Parker-Nickolas-Read Dental for cleaning and exam as often as recommended. Follow the instructions provided and use the products recommended to maintain the integrity of your newly placed tooth. Protect your investment and it should last for your lifetime.