Dental implants are an artificial tooth replacement that were first invented half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. A dental implant is anchored into the jawbone permanently. The titanium base serves as a foundation for mounting a permanent or removable replacement tooth. Dental implants are the most permanent solution for replacing a tooth and, except in rare cases, implants usually never need to be replaced. The teeth affixed to implants are very normal looking and usually boost or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants also offer a permanent solution to removable dentures. Implants supply outstanding support and security of these dental care devices.
If you have a tooth which is decayed at the point of the root, which needs total replacement, you may need a dental implant.
6 Reasons for getting a dental implant:
• Replacing one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
• Fixing bite problems or pain caused by teeth moving into the space of a missing tooth.
• Restoring a person’s confidence in their appearance.
• Repairing chewing, speech, and food digestion issues.
• Restoring or boosting facial tissues.
• Supporting dentures or a bridge, and making them more stable and comfortable.
This is the modern standard of care for a single tooth replacement, and can also be used as a base for a bridge, thus helping to fill a gap caused by multiple missing teeth. Anyone with a sound jawbone and healthy gums is a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are the closest substitute possible in modern dentistry for natural healthy teeth.
What is involved in getting a dental implant?
The process of obtaining a dental implant requires several dental visits over the course of a number of months.
X-rays and impressions are taken of the teeth and jaw to determine the exact location of supporting bone tissue, gum structure, and the spacing of the teeth. With the area numbed, the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone and then the area is allowed to heal for up to 6 months. Depending on the kind of implant employed, another surgical procedure may be necessary to install a “post” that holds the artificial tooth in position.
After the period of healing, the artificial teeth are constructed and fitted onto the post. Because several fitting visits may be needed, this can take 1-2 months. After the healing period, artificial teeth are firmly connected to the implant. This gives excellent stability and convenience to the patient.
Call Veneman Dental Care or come in for a consultation to learn more about dental implants, what can be done with them, and whether they are the best option for your circumstance.