Often referred to as the next best thing to natural teeth, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
For those that feel self-conscious about missing or damaged teeth, implants may provide better, long-term value than conventional replacement options.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular and effective solution for patients seeking to replace missing teeth and restore their smiles.
In this comprehensive guide by Dr. Pavinee, we'll cover everything you need to know about dental implants, from the basics to the benefits, and get you on the path to restoring your smile and oral health.
Let's dive in!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made of biocompatible titanium, surgically inserted into the jawbone. These ‘roots’ support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
The implant integrates with the bone tissue over time, providing a strong and stable foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth.
Depending on the patient's needs and oral health, dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch of teeth.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants come with many advantages over traditional tooth replacement options, including:
Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth, giving patients a visually pleasing smile.
Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants stimulate bone growth in the jaw, helping to maintain bone density and prevent further loss.
Dental implants offer improved chewing efficiency and bite force, allowing patients to enjoy a wide variety of foods.
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for many years, even a lifetime, making them a cost-effective, long-term solution.
Dental implants are securely anchored into the jawbone, so patients experience increased comfort and stability compared to removable dentures.
Better oral health
Dental implants do not require the alteration of neighboring teeth for support, promoting better oral health.
The dental implant procedure
Depending on the patient's unique situation, the dental implant process typically involves multiple steps and may take several months to complete. The key stages include:
Consultation and planning
During the initial consultation, your dentist will assess your oral health, discuss your treatment goals, and develop a personalized treatment plan. This may involve taking dental X-rays, impressions, and CT scans to determine the optimal implant placement.
Dental implant surgery involves placing the titanium implant into the jawbone, typically done under local anesthesia or sedation to ensure patient comfort.
After the surgery, a healing period of several months is necessary for the implant to fuse with the jawbone.
Once the implant has successfully integrated with the bone, a small connector called an abutment is attached. This serves as the support structure for the dental prosthesis.
Prosthesis fabrication and placement
From the impressions and X-rays, your dentist will create a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture that matches your natural teeth' size, shape, and color.
Once the prosthesis is ready, it will be securely attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant process.
Post-treatment care and maintenance
After receiving dental implants, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups to ensure the longevity and success of the procedure.
This includes brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, and scheduling dental cleanings and exams every six months.
Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry, providing patients with a comfortable, long-lasting, and natural-looking solution to tooth loss.
If you are considering dental implants, Request an Appointment today for a complimentary consultation.