Dental implants serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. In very simple language, it’s a substitute for a missing tooth. It’s a small titanium fixture that is surgically placed in the bone of either the upper or lower jaw and a dental crown is placed over it, together becoming a complete tooth replacement.
Eligible candidate for dental implants
The key consideration here is the amount of available bone to hold the implant, its quality, patient’s health and habits. Many people fear that age is a limitation, which isn’t a factor at all. We at laserdentalcenter are honest in telling you the benefits and limitation of a dental implant for your particular case or if any other treatment option is better suited.
Benefits of dental implants
Once a tooth is lost, significant negative effects begin to happen on both health and appearance.
- Bone loss in the jaw bone is a significant problem that compromises the integrity of neighboring tooth roots and tooth stability. Furthermore, missing tooth can cause a drastic reduction in chewing efficiency. Filling the space with dental implants will preserve the supporting bone, stabilize the remaining teeth and chew normally.
- Since a dental implant uses a root replacement, the tooth looks like it’s growing right out of the gum, giving it a very natural look.
- When you lose a tooth, the jawbone shrinks giving your face a ‘caved in’ look that makes you look much older. Dental implants prevent this from happening.
- You will be able to chew with the same force and pressure as a natural tooth.
There are some discomfort and pain, just like any other surgery. Traditionally, the procedure is performed in two steps over a number of appointments. The total number of visits is determined during the course of the treatment. Bruises, swollen gums and soft tissues are normal post operation. However, they are easily treated and controlled.
The new tooth must be cared for, checked regularly, especially for a period of up to six months. The good news is that dental implants don’t succumb to gum diseases, but faithful brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleaning are very imperative.
Beautiful smile, confidence, and oral health should be reasons enough to book your appointment for a dental implant today. If you have any other doubts, contact our laserdentalcenter staff.