A beaming smile bearing shiny white teeth is a picture of youth and healthful vigor. Although, not everyone can boast such a smile. Today, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and at least 40 million Americans are missing all their teeth.
There are more than just superficial disadvantages of missing a tooth or several teeth. Your teeth are vital in protecting your oral and dental health. They help keep other teeth in their proper place and promote jaw bone strength. This is very important because a healthy jaw bone provides a good foundation for your teeth and maintains your facial structure. We also use them to chew and eat food.
If you are missing one or more teeth then an implant is a great way to mimic the tooth you have lost and helps in preserving your health. A surgeon connects a titanium post to the jaw bone and then attaches a crown that is made to look like your natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants have the advantage of acting like natural teeth. For example, the titanium post connected to your jaw will continue to provide the same stimulation that a real tooth provides to promote jaw bone strength. So your facial shape will remain the same and it will prevent future tooth loss.
Dental implants are fixed to the jaw bone giving you a strong set of teeth to bite and chew. The transition to using dental implants is smoother and you don’t need to retrain how to eat and speak like you do when you start to use dentures.
Also, unlike dentures, there is no sticky glue or difficult cleaning routines. You can resume normal teeth cleaning activities. Simply brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush using a nonabrasive toothpaste. It’s also important to floss regularly as there is still a risk of developing gum disease
What’s the process to get dental implants?
The oral surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology can work together with your dentist to provide you with your dental implants. It will usually take several appointments to complete the process. Your oral surgeon will verify that your jaw bone is strong enough to support the implant by performing an X-ray and bone scan.
When your oral surgeon is sure that your jaw bone is strong enough they will begin implanting the titanium post. Over the next few months, the bone will fuse with the post in a process called osseointegration.
The following appointment you will have the abutments attached. The oral surgeon will also take pictures and molds of your teeth for the dental lab. Then they will make a crown that will fit in the space and match the other teeth in appearance. Finally, the dentist will fit the crown and polish your implant until it shines like your natural teeth.
If you are missing a tooth then contact Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology to confirm whether implants are right for you.