Having great teeth not only improves your smile, but it can improve your outlook on life. Getting dental implants is something that can improve your quality of life and be one of the hardest things you have ever done. Having implants can mean eating foods you haven’t eaten in years again and seeing straight even teeth smiling back at you in your mirror every morning. You should talk to your dentist to learn about the benefits of having an amazing smile.
Dental implants were first invented in the 1950s in Sweden. They are now considered standard health dental healthcare for the replacement of missing teeth. Dental Implants are replacement teeth that are fixed into the jawbone of a patient. Over the span of several months, the body will heal and fuse replacement tooth into the jaw. This artificial tooth replaces the root of the missing tooth. It looks as natural as the real tooth or teeth and because of the material used (titanium) the body allows it to be integrated with the body without it being rejected as a foreign object.
What is the Process?
You will start with a consultation about the overall procedure and learn about the extent of the surgery you will be having. This kind of procedure can replace one or multiple teeth depending on the degree of wear on the teeth and what you want to have as the final results. Your dentist may need to extract any dead or damaged teeth before the procedure even begins. You will not be allowed to drink using a straw, smoke, or even blow your nose for 24 hours to keep the socket dry.
The length of time it takes for each person varies. You will be under anesthesia during the procedure so you will not feel anything during the actual procedure. The number and placement of the teeth in the mouth determine the length of time you will be in surgery. Each tooth is placed into your gums after incisions are made to expose the bone of the jaw where the tooth will fuse.
A drill will be used to create the right size of space for the implant in the jaw. The doctor will then insert the replacement tooth into the hole that was created and use a compound to hold the tooth in place while your body heals. Each implant will require future exposure to add a crown that is the replacement tooth.
You will not feel any pain during the surgery itself, but as your anesthesia wears off, you will feel discomfort. To prevent infection, you will probably receive an antibiotic. While there are follow up procedures to add crowns, you won’t be kept out of your normal schedule for long.
Getting an implant means you are getting some of the best dental healthcare available. There can be complications, but this long process usually has a happy and bright smiling conclusion. Healthcare advancements have left people who have had this procedure with amazingly real teeth. Talk to your dentist today to learn more about this amazing procedure.