Losing a tooth can cause embarrassment and other problems. Fortunately, there are remedies for those who lose or break teeth that can get your smile functioning at its best. The two main ways of remedying missing teeth are dental implants and bridges. More dental professionals are turning to dental implants to replace missing teeth because they can more effectively fill the missing space with a permanent tooth. Below we will cover what you will need to know about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that resembles a screw. A dentist can place an implant in your jawbone, allowing it to bond with your bone and become a base for supporting artificial teeth, called crowns. Each crown is custom-made to fit your mouth and natural teeth.
Dental implants, as we know them, have been successfully restoring patient's smiles for over 30 years. They are considered the strongest replacement for teeth and allow them to feel, look, and function naturally. Implants, when placed by an experienced dentist or oral surgeon, are a safe and effective method of replacing missing teeth.
What You Need To Know About Dental Implants
Any dental procedure can seem overwhelming, but placing implants is a common and safe procedure. There are several advantages to implants:
- Implants are the only option that preserves the natural bone of the tooth, stimulating growth.
- Dental implants fit more naturally in the mouth compared to bridges, which is one reason why 3 million Americans (and counting) currently have them.
What To Expect From an Implant Procedure
Getting an implant has two distinct phases. First, the dentist will place the screw into the jawbone. You will be completely numb for this part of the procedure and will not feel it. Once the screw is in, it will take 4-6 months for it to heal and fuse with the bone. Once this occurs, you get crown (s) attached to the implant for a new and natural-looking smile.
If you lose a tooth or have an extraction, don’t wait to get an implant. For the best results, it’s recommended to start the dental implant and replacement process as soon as possible.
Will the Procedure Hurt?
The actual procedure of placing a screw into the jaw should be painless, as your dentist will numb the area completely. You may experience some pressure as the screw goes in. It is normal to experience some discomfort in the days following the procedure. Talk to your dentist about the pain control options that are best for you.
Dental implantation is a safe and effective way to restore your small and give your natural-looking and feeling teeth. You don’t have to suffer the pain and embarrassment of missing teeth. Contact us for your FREE Dental Implant Consultation