Dental Implant Treatment
Why do Patients Choose Dental Implants?
There are many reasons that people are choosing dental implants for teeth replacement today. Dental implants are permanent teeth replacement that are not removed from the mouth like dentures are. They can give patients a completely natural looking tooth replacement that blends in perfectly with the remaining natural teeth. Dental implants allow a patient to eat with confidence again, and they can handle just about any food that natural teeth can. Many people choose dental implants because they have a sunken look in the cheeks due to teeth loss, as the dental implants can restore a fuller and more natural look to the face. With dental implants, people can finally smile confidently again.
How do Dental Implants Work?
The dental implant process takes some time because it is highly customized. During the initial visit to the office, x-rays are taken and the dentist will create molds of the patient's mouth. Those molds are used to craft perfectly fitting dental implants. During the following visit, the dentist will make small incisions with the gums so that the jaw bone can be reached. The anchor portion of the implants are then surgically implanted in the jaw. There will then be a period of healing so that the implant anchor can fully integrate into the jaw. Finally, the tooth part of the implant will be attached to the implant anchor.
What happens after I get an Implant?
Dental implants require the same kind of care that natural teeth do. Generally, this simply means brushing and flossing every day. People who have dental implants will visit the dentist for check-ups at least once a year. Dental implants are just as strong (or stronger) than natural teeth so people can be confident about them. Dental implants will normally last for decades or even for a patient's whole life. However, the crown that covers the implant will sometimes need to be replaced due to wear and tear. Crowns on dental implants typically last a minimum of 10 to 15 years.