Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants

Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants

Posted by Nickles Dental Oral Surgery and Family Dentistry on Apr 22 2019, 09:01 AM

Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants

Have you ever come across someone who’s lost a frontal tooth and noticed how displeasing their smile looks? Losing a beautiful smile is just one of the many disadvantages of missing teeth. It can affect your facial shape, the way you bite and chew food, pronounce words, and most importantly, your self-confidence.

 

Luckily, you wouldn’t have to live your entire life with a missing tooth as the advancements in the field of dentistry offer various options to get it replaced with a prosthetic. Out of all the available options, dental implants are regarded as the best and most long-lasting tooth replacement solution by dentists from all over the world. Also, they offer high strength, stability, durability, and amazing aesthetic benefits.

 

What happens when you lose a tooth?

 Apart from the visible changes, getting a tooth extracted and not replacing it with a prosthetic can cost you a lot! Some of the changes you would experience after tooth extraction are:

 Drifting of teeth:The tooth will be removed in its entirety, which is why a gap will be left in the jawbone where the tooth root existed. This can allow the adjoining teeth to drift from their positions, thereby altering the shape of the jaws and the face as a whole.

Excessive wear:Teeth that are right next to the gap left by the missing tooth endure more stress than the others. This can lead to excessive wear and slow setting-in of malocclusion.

Loss of confidence: Imagine going out on a date with a missing tooth, or having to give a presentation at the office in front of your colleagues. Firstly, it can lead to possible embarrassment and secondly, you could feel too conscious of your missing tooth. This would naturally hinder your confidence levels and put you in an uncomfortable situation.


But why only implants?

  • Implants have very few alternatives, such as dental bridges and dentures. In comparison, implants last way longer than either dentures or bridges.
  • They perfectly mimic a natural tooth’s appearance. The ceramic tooth structure that replaces a tooth crown is made from dental grade material. It can be customized to match the exact color and texture of the natural tooth enamel, which is how it stays in disguise.
  • Implants replace a missing tooth from root to crown. This way, they prevent the drifting of teeth from their sockets. Also, they considerably reduce the chances of experiencing further tooth loss as the teeth tend to loosen from their sockets when they drift.
  • Since they do not have any nerves or blood vessels within, there are no chances of the implant undergoing decay or any infections. Moreover, they are highly durable and stain-resistant.

How can you get a dental implant?

 The procedure for getting an implant can briefly be divided into two parts; placing the implant and attaching the crown to it. During the initial visit, a thorough screening of the oral cavity is carried out to determine the candidacy for the implant. The amount of jawbone you have plays a major role in this regard. Once you’re deemed fit for it, a highly precise mold of your teeth will be taken to fabricate the tooth crown and to map out the restoration procedure.
 
During the surgery, a hole will be made on the jawbone and the metal implant stud will be inserted into it. The stud will be allowed to adhere to the jawbone for the next few weeks, during which the gums also regrow around the implant. Once the implant is firmly fixed in position, the crown, that’s fabricated in a laboratory, will be attached to the implant by means of dental adhesives. The crown will be polished to match the exact shade and texture of the remaining teeth and a bite analysis will be carried out. Once everything is done, your smile would be as good as new and you wouldn’t be able to resist looking at your beautiful smile in the mirror over and over again!

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