In order to ensure maximum quality of life for you now and in the future, you should always make sure that you have a full set of teeth. Leaving some areas of your mouth empty of tooth replacements can lead to significant, long-term dental issues.
When the roots of missing teeth are exposed for long periods of time, it becomes more likely that either the roots or the surrounding gum tissue will be damaged and subject to infection. When a bacterial infection reaches the root, it can be extremely painful!
That being the case, you should consider the fast, easy, and convenient process of dental implants.
Dental implants may require you to visit your dentist two or three times, but they are still far more convenient than traditional dentures, which you will have to replace multiple times. Plus, they safeguard your dental health much better than common dentures.
(Dentures can easily transfer germs from your home to your mouth after being removed!)
So, what is the process of getting dental implants like?
- Initial Visit
During your initial visit, your dentist has to determine the extent of the dental damage that needs to be addressed. Dental implants can be used to replace as few as just one tooth or as many as the whole row of teeth. If any natural teeth can be saved, then they usually shouldn’t be removed.
You won’t leave your initial visit with your tooth replacements. First, the damaged teeth should be removed and a specialized “base,” made of an advanced alloy that will be safe within your body on the long-term.
- Healing Process
Before your implant is ready to be used, it needs to heal. Your jaw bone will naturally heal around your dental implant, and the implant and bone material will naturally reinforce one another. This typically takes only a few weeks.
- Final Tooth Replacement
When the healing process is complete, it’s time for your artificial teeth to enter your mouth. These replacements are usually made of a polymer that simulates the look of natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell they have been replaced.
There may be a second follow-up after replacement to check up on the implants. Once all is said and done, however, the implants work just as your natural teeth did and will not require any form of complicated maintenance or upkeep. Simply brush as normal.
To discover more, reach out to us here at Island Dental Associates today.
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