Dental implants are awesome ways to replace teeth that have gone missing and they can also be of great service for people who want a solution to having partial or complete denture. Dental implants are a great alternative to denture and can really be of great use in terms of stability.
Dental implants technically are artificial roots and teeth, which are commonly made from titanium, which are placed with the surgical care of a dentist in places where teeth have gone missing or need replacement. These new, fake teeth often look very real and can restore the health of a patient’s smile tenfold.
Dental implants are also very durable and strong and can last for many years, but of course like other restoration processes, they may need to be replaced if something goes wrong or just because of normal wear and tear.
Reasons for getting dental implants:
- To replace a missing tooth without affecting any other teeth in the mouth
- To fix any type of bit or joint pain problems that are caused by shifted teeth
- To restore a patient’s smile
- To fix digestion, speech and chewing
- Enhancement of facial tissues
- To support dentures or make them more secure or comfortable
What does the procedure of getting dental implants involve?
The overall procedure of getting something like dental implants will most likely require a good number of visits over a period of several months.
First what has to happen are a bunch of x-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth so the dentist can decide how and where exactly he will be able to implement a implant. Once the designated area for the implant is numbed the implant is then surgically implemented into the actual bone of the jaw and then allowed some time to heal and become a part of the jaw, which can take anywhere up to six months. There could be many forms of procedures, but usually a second surgery will be necessary in which the ‘post’ will be inserted into the mouth so that that dental implant will have the support that it needs to successfully become a part of the patient’s mouth.
Once the patient has been given a significant amount of time to heal, which is usually a few weeks, the artificial teeth are then fitted perfectly into the post portion of the anchored area, and this process can take anywhere from one to two months to complete. Once the healing period is up the artificial teeth should provide excellent stability and comfort to the patient.