What a Dental Implant Means for You
Modern dentistry has made a great many advances in dental implant technology. You may think the loss of one or more teeth means you will be getting removable dentures, or at least a bridge, but that is no longer necessarily the case. Dental implants offer a more convenient, long-lasting option than you might be aware of.
Why Might I Need a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are used to replace the root of a tooth. Generally made of titanium, a successful dental implant will actually become part of the jawbone, like a natural tooth root. This allows for a crown, permanent bridgework or dentures to be fitted on top, rather than temporary or removable bridges and dentures. Here are the most common reasons for needing a dental implant.• Tooth Decay:
Teeth can be damaged and decay for many reasons. Frequently, tooth decay comes as a result of poor dental hygiene, i.e., not brushing and flossing enough. Tooth decay can also occur because of a diet with too much sugar.• Emergency Tooth Replacement:
Injuries from a sudden fall or impact can dislodge teeth, necessitating emergency dental procedures.• Gingivitis:
Bacterial buildup in the mouth, such as from plaque, can damage teeth as well. Many different things, like smoking and even genetic predisposition, can cause gingivitis.
The Benefits of a Dental Implant
Perhaps the biggest reasons to get a dental implant is its durability; a dental implant frequently lasts a lifetime and is almost always the best option, due to:• Ease of Use:
A dental implant requires no special treatment other than proper oral hygiene. Unlike the adhesives and cleaners that removable dentures require, dental implants are permanent.• Enunciation:
Removable dentures can also get a bit loose while they are being worn. The slight shifts that may occur during speech can cause denture wearers to slightly slur their speech. While the slurring is not so bad that a person is incomprehensible, it is certainly not the most desirous situation.• Overall Well-Being:
Since a dental implant is permanent, patients can go about their lives without having to constantly think about their dental work. This helps improve self-esteem, which, of course, can be extremely beneficial in myriad ways.• Overall Dental Health:
When a bridge is applied, other teeth must help support it. This means that a single tooth replacement can actually involve dental work on multiple teeth. The dental implant procedure does not require this, and therefore reduces the risk of damage to other teeth.
How It Works
A dental implant procedure requires the insertion of a very small titanium screw into the jawbone to replace the root. Occasionally, a temporary support may be put into place to help the implant as the jawbone heals around it, a process that usually takes 2 or 3 months. Once the dental implant has become permanent, a crown, denture, etc., can be attached.At Serene Dental Care, we are happy to answer any and all questions you may have about the dental implant procedure, cost and so on. Your dentist will discuss all options with you prior to the beginning of any procedure. If you would like to learn more, please Contact Us today!