Missing teeth can be more than just a nuisance or displeasing to look at. In fact, bone loss is one of the most common problems caused by missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, the bone that used to support the tooth starts to dissolve. This is because there are no longer any roots in the jawbone to stimulate growth. Over time, this can cause your jawbone to shrink and change shape. Dental implants serve to stop bone loss due to missing teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Dental implants are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Titanium is a strong and durable metal that is resistant to corrosion.
What is the Process For Getting Dental Implants?
The first step in the dental implant process is to have a consultation with your dentist to see if you are a candidate for dental implants. During the consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral health and discuss your treatment options.
If you are a candidate for dental implants, the next step is to have a surgical procedure to place the implant in your jawbone. This surgery is usually done under local anesthesia.
After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, it will take time for it to fuse with the bone. This process is called osseointegration. Once the implant has fused with the bone, you will need to have another surgical procedure to place the abutment.
The abutment is a small connector piece that is used to attach the dental implant to the replacement tooth. After the abutment has been placed, you will need to wait for the gums to heal before the replacement tooth can be placed.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants have many benefits. They are a permanent solution for missing teeth and can improve your oral health. Dental implants can also help to preserve your jawbone and prevent bone loss.
If you are considering dental implants, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your dentist. Dental implants are a safe and effective treatment for missing teeth, but there are some risks involved.
These risks include:
- Nerve damage
- Sinus problems
Are Dental Implants a Better Choice Than a Crown and Bridge?
The decision to get dental implants or a crown and bridge depends on many factors. These factors include the number of teeth that are missing, your budget, and your overall oral health.
An oral surgeon can help you decide if dental implants are the best option for you.
Are Full-Mouth Dental Implants a Better Choice Than Dentures?
The decision to get full-mouth dental implants or dentures depends on many factors. These factors include the number of teeth that are missing, your budget, and your overall oral health.
Once again, an oral surgeon can guide you regarding whether full-mouth dental implants are the best option for you.
Consider Sacramental Surgical Arts For Your Dental Implant Needs
We offer innovative dental implant solutions to help prevent bone loss and preserve the natural shape of your jaw. We offer a variety of dental implant options, including mini implants, which are a great solution for patients with missing teeth. Mini implants are smaller in diameter than traditional dental implants and can be placed in areas of the jawbone that have experienced minimal bone loss.
If you are missing one or more teeth, contact Sacramental Surgical Arts today at 866.930.5837 to learn more about our dental implant solutions. We can help you regain your smile and improve your oral health.