If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be familiar with the challenges and limitations of having an imperfect smile. Your teeth’s functionality can be challenging. Fortunately, there is a modern and more permanent solution called dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. Once the implant is securely anchored into the jawbone, a crown is placed on top to complete the restoration.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There are several advantages to choosing dental implants over traditional treatments:
· Improved Appearance - Dental implants match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Hence, they can help restore your smile and improve your appearance.
· Increased Comfort - Dental implants are securely anchored in the jawbone and function like natural teeth.
· Enhanced Functionality - Dental implants allow you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. They provide the same level of functionality as natural teeth.
· Long-term Durability - Dental implants can last a lifetime, making them a more cost-effective option eventually with proper care.
· Improved Oral Health - Dental implants do not impact the health of surrounding teeth. They can help preserve the integrity of your jawbone by stimulating bone growth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The process of placing dental implants typically involves multiple visits to the dentist. It can happen over several months. During your initial consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are a good candidate, your dentist will create a treatment plan and take detailed impressions of your mouth to create a custom restoration.
The actual surgery to place the implants typically takes about an hour. It happens under local anesthesia. After the surgery, the implants will take several months to integrate with the jawbone.
During this time, you will be fitted with temporary teeth. It will help you eat and speak normally. Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, you will return to the dentist to have the final restoration, which is the crown, bridge, or denture placed on top of the implants.
The recovery process after dental implant surgery is usually relatively smooth. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days. By following your dentist's instructions and taking good care of your implants, you can enjoy a lifetime of improved oral health and function.
Caring for Dental Implants
As with natural teeth, it is vital to take good care of your dental implants to ensure they last as long as possible. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste recommended by your dentist to help clean the implants gently. Be sure to floss between the implants and natural teeth to remove any food particles.
Attend regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups to ensure the implants are in good condition. Avoid certain habits. Some habits, such as grinding your teeth, can damage the implants. It is vital to avoid these habits and to use a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night.
For more about dental implants, visit Implant Dentistry Periodontics & Facial Rejuvenation at our offices in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida. Call 813.517.0100 or 813.973.7770 to book an appointment today.