One option to fixing a lost tooth is to get a dental implant.
This is where a dental surgeon surgically ‘implants‘ an artificial tooth in the jawbone which has proven to be a great long-term option for tooth replacement.
An alternative to implants are using a fixed bridge or removable dentures, however, these options aren’t the perfect fixes—fixed bridges rely on the surrounding healthy teeth as anchors, which can result in a negative impact in future. Fixed bridges also may need to be replaced two and three times during a lifetime. And, removable dentures can slip at times or make embarrassing clicking sounds when you speak.
A dental implant on the other hand is made of titanium metal and is fused to the jawbone, which serves as the root of the missing tooth. This makes them durable and rarely, if ever, need to be replaced.
Dental implants require a few steps for success, here they are in three simple steps.
Complete a dental examination. This may include X-rays and molds made of your mouth.
Treatment plan. Together we will put together a clear treatment plan, so you know what to expect and when. We will take into consideration the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the condition of your jawbone. After the procedure, you will be instructed on how to care for your implant teeth, which is essentially the same way as your regular teeth: brushing and flossing to avoid plaque build up.
The Procedure. The dental implant cylinder is placed in your jawbone. You will have a healing period of several months. Once healed, an abutment is placed, followed by an implant prosthesis or crown. Pain control during treatment – You will be given a form of anesthesia during the procedure (local or general anesthesia, or sedation. You should be sure that you have someone to take you home after the procedure.
If you’re considering getting dental implants for your smile, reach out to us at Signature Smile Studio and schedule a Smile Makeover Consultation so that you can find out exactly how implants could work for you!