Dental implants are non-natural teeth implanted into the jaw and mouth. Adults usually use them when they lose teeth thanks to the aging process. Most implants act, feel, and look like natural, healthy teeth. Dental implants help maintain the aesthetic look of the mouth. They also preserve the mouth's overall structure by preventing other teeth from shifting from their normal positions.
Made up of an artificial tooth with a metal post, a dental implant helps maintain the structure of the remaining teeth. This helps to keep natural biting and chewing intact. The dentist surgically places the implant within the jawbone. Essentially, the implant serves as the artificial tooth's root. Titanium is a common material used in this procedure. This is because it joins the implant with the jawbone, does not decay, and remains firmly in place.
When getting dental implants, your dentist will replace your tooth root with screw-like metal posts. He or she will also replace missing or damaged teeth with artificial teeth that function and look like the real ones. This procedure offers a great alternative to bridgework or dentures that do not fit well. It can also offer a solution when a lack of natural teeth roots makes the building of bridgework replacements or dentures impossible.
How the dentist performs the surgery will depend on the condition of your jawbone and type of dental implant. It may involve several different procedures. The main advantage of dental implants is that they offer support for new teeth. For the process to be successful, the bone needs to heal tightly around the dental implant. Bone takes a long time to heal; therefore, the healing process can take several months.
Since dental implants require several surgical procedures, your oral surgeon or dentist will need to perform a thorough evaluation. This evaluation will include teeth models and X-rays to ensure the implants match your natural teeth as closely as possible. Afterward, he or she will judge the condition of your jawbone concerning the number of teeth you want to replace with implants.
This evaluation process often involves different types of specialists, such as a periodontist and maxillofacial surgeon. You will need to inform your dentist about any health conditions and medications you are currently taking. He or she will also want to know about any orthopedic implants and heart conditions you may have. If you do, he or she may prescribe some antibiotics to prevent infection before the surgery.
Dental implant surgery often requires several stages. Before your dentist does any more work on you, your jawbone will need to heal completely. Once it heals, he or she will insert the implant into the gumline. You will then need to give your jaw more time to heal again before the dental surgeon places the piece that screws into the dental implant. The whole process can take several months. However, without a strong jawbone, the dental implant will not attach. Therefore, you need to maintain your patience during the healing process.
Following dental implant surgery, discomfort is normal and natural. You can expect minor bleeding, swelling of the gums and face, pain in the implant site, and bruising of the skin and gums. If these symptoms worsen several days after the procedure, contact your oral surgeon immediately. To help you heal faster, he or she may recommend a post-surgery diet and compressing ice packs to reduce swelling.
At Relaxation Dental Specialties, we strive to offer the best customer service and dental care. To learn more about our services, pay us a visit at any of our offices in Breckenridge or Salida, Colorado. To schedule an appointment, call (719) 539‑3145 today.