Dental implants are strong, stable, and long lasting, and the best replacement for your natural teeth. Implants have been used for decades to replace one or more missing teeth with great success, giving you a similar look, feel, fit, and function as your natural teeth.
How implants work
Implants comprise artificial roots made from biocompatible materials that fuse with the underlying jawbone to provide stable support for the replacement teeth mounted onto them. Through osseointegration, the bone grows around the implant and combines with it, resulting in an extremely strong bond.
For patients with unhealthy natural teeth or multiple missing teeth in an arch, the dentist may recommend implant placement to anchor bridges and dentures.
Your dentist may also recommend implants to:
- Fill gaps in your mouth after tooth removal to prevent remaining teeth from shifting
- Restore your speech, chewing, and digestion ability
- Restore your smile
- Restore or enhance your facial features
- Support a denture or bridge for added comfort
- Resolve bite problems or joint pain due to shifting teeth
What to expect
Most patients with healthy gum and bone tissue are good candidates for dental implants. The treatment usually requires multiple visits to the dentist over a period of several months as follows:
- First visit: Consultation to determine your suitability for dental implants and tooth/teeth extraction
- Second visit: Surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone. Following the procedure, you should change your diet to soft and cold foods and warm soup to facilitate healing. Healing takes several months.
- Third visit: Placement of the artificial tooth or teeth onto the implant. During the healing process, the dentist will customize a new tooth or crown based on the size, shape, fit, and color of adjacent teeth to give you a uniform smile. When replacing multiple teeth, one implant may be used to support multiple bridges or dentures may be used.
If you are interested in implants, you should discuss it with your dentist in Shoal Creek. Keep in mind that patients with chronic illnesses such as leukemia or diabetes, or have slow wound healing may not be suitable candidates.