Cosmetic Dentist | Are you self-conscious because you have one or more missing teeth? You may have had a tooth extracted recently. Or you may be preparing to have one extracted for some reason.
No matter what the cause, you will need a good tooth replacement procedure performed by your cosmetic dentist to preserve the health and appearance of your teeth and smile.
When it comes to dental implants, there is no better treatment option for the vast majority of patients. Implants preserve bone mass, protect adjacent teeth, and offer the look and feel of a natural tooth.
Still unconvinced? Read on to learn more about the incredible benefits of dental implants and contact our cosmetic dentist today!
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a metal post placed within the jawbone, which has an attachment placed on top of it to allow for the placement of its crowning glory: a dental crown.
The titanium metal post will be firmly secured within your jawbone, so it will not slip like dentures sometimes can. And the dental crown will closely match the appearance of a natural tooth, giving you a solid surface to bite and chew on.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Long-lasting solution to missing teeth.
- Will not shift or slip in your mouth like dentures.
- Less expensive in the long run. Your cosmetic dentist will explain further.
- Provides both the appearance and function of natural teeth.
Dental Implants Process
Receiving dental implants is a fairly simple process consisting of two dental appointments in most cases. During your first appointment, your cosmetic dentist will place a titanium screw into your jawbone where your original tooth once was.
Next, your jawbone will naturally fuse around this metal post, firmly anchoring it within your mouth.
Once your jawbone has fused around the titanium post, your dentist will place what is known as an abutment on top of it. Overall, the purpose of the abutment is to allow a dental crown to be placed on top of the whole thing so that you have a chewing surface.
The crown will closely resemble the appearance of a natural tooth.
Bone Graft Procedure
The bone graft procedure is necessary only for those who have lost jaw bone mass in the area of their missing teeth. Without a tooth root present, a process known as resorption takes place.
This is when your jawbone begins melting away. Since sufficient bone mass is necessary for the placement of a dental implant, you would need a bone graft procedure in this instance.
Naturally, a bone graft procedure adds a level of complexity and expense to the entire procedure that you would like to avoid. This is why it is important to get a dental implant as soon as possible after your tooth is lost or extracted.
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