Tooth loss is unfortunate no matter your age; whether it was due to trauma, decay, or disease, a consultation with your dentist to determine the best way to replace those lost teeth opens the door for treatment that will restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. One of those options might be dental implants, a way to replace lost teeth that is as close to your own biological teeth as possible.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. The implant is temporarily covered with protective dentition while healing takes place; during this time bone will be grafting to the implant to provide the strength and support for the cosmetic restoration that will eventually become your permanent tooth.
The implant is usually made from titanium, a metal with the unique ability to resist rejection and bonds easily with bone in the jaw. This bone to implant merging process is known as osseointegration.
Once healing is completed, the temporary covering is removed and an abutment is attached to the dental implant; the final restoration will be tried in for fit, appearance, and comfort; once approved it is permanently cemented to the abutment.
This cosmetic restoration has been made to match surrounding natural teeth in size, contour, and color allowing it to blend with biological teeth. It is permanent and will feel just like one of your own teeth.
You will be able to eat all the foods you love without restrictions; you will be able to speak without fear of slippage or movement; and you will smile broadly with newfound confidence since you are no longer concerned about missing teeth.
During the dental implant treatment process you will be expected to keep the implant area clean to prevent infection (a leading cause of implant failure); you will want to protect the temporary covering to guarantee the implant does not move during healing; and tobacco use will be discouraged as this is another leading reason for dental implants to fail.
Caring for your implant is the same as caring for natural teeth … brush twice daily with a fluoridated tooth paste; floss daily; and see your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam. History has revealed that dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact Withers Dentistry. Call 940-293-2635 today to schedule your professional consultation.