Not maintaining your smile after you lose teeth could be detrimental to your oral health. Not finding a dental reconstruction solution could allow your jaw bone density to wither, and your facial structure to start to appear sunken in. Dental implants are the only teeth replacement option, currently, that allow you to maintain your facial structure while allowing your bone density to not go down. This is because dental implants are made to function as natural teeth once had.
Replacing your missing or failing dentition with dental implants results in a positive outcome, because of the aforementioned, but for many other reasons, too. One immediate perk is that if you are suffering from lack of teeth, you can maintain and improve your oral hygiene and health. Dental implants are currently the best way to solve a missing tooth whether you lost it in an accident or through tooth decay. Though more complicated than dentures, it is well worth it.
The actual dental implant treatment is quite simple. If you have lost a tooth you will see that where the root of the tooth used to be there is now a hole. This is where the implant is placed. The beginning of the procedure starts with a titanium rod that is inserted into your gums. The implant is then placed into the jawbone and left to fuse with the jawbone for stability. After the dental implant procedure, you will be fitted with a temporary tooth. Once your jaw has healed sufficiently, your doctor will fit you with a permanent false tooth. This usually happens about four to six weeks afterwards.
You should visit a dental implant specialist to see if you are an ideal candidate for the dental implant procedure. X-rays will be necessary to see if you can have the dental implant procedure. If you have any type of gum disease you need to have this treated before the procedure is carried out, to ensure your implant will withstand the surgery.
If you are missing teeth, or are losing jawbone density, contact your dental professional. From there, they will schedule you for a consultation appointment and check out if you are an ideal candidate to undergo the implant procedure.