Whether you have one tooth missing or a series of teeth, your dentist can restore your smile using dental implant technology. As long as you are in relatively good health and able to heal from gum surgery, your dentist can restore missing teeth in your mouth using dental implants. Good candidates for dental implants are people who don't smoke, people who are not diabetic, and those that will commit to the process from start to finish.
How Dental Implants Work
While the process to get dental implants has been refined, therefore making it faster, it's still important to understand that getting dental implants is a process. Your dentist will assess the area that is missing a tooth, and if necessary, use synthetic bone materials to prepare the area for a dental implant. You must have solid bone for the titanium implant to fuse to, and many people who have lost a tooth in a specific area are missing a bit of their jawbone due to deterioration.
It may take a few months for your jaw to be ready to receive an implant if synthetic bone material was used to prepare your jaw. Once the gums have healed, your dentist will place a titanium rod through your gum into your jaw. This rod is small, and acts much like the root of your tooth. This rod will be the base on which a new crown is placed within your mouth. The gum tissue around your implant must heal before your dentist will place the crown onto the rod, to ensure that the titanium implant remains secure.
Once the Titanium Has Fused to Your Jaw
When your implanted titanium is ready for the crown, your dentist will permanently secure the newly created crown onto the implant. The crown is made using measurements within your mouth, and will be made to look like your other natural teeth. Once the crown is in place, your tooth will have the look and feel of a natural tooth. Just as with your natural teeth, you will have to practice good oral hygiene to keep your dental implants healthy.
While your dental implants won't have problems with decay, buildup can cause a bacterial film on your implants, which can have a negative effect on your gums. When you want to keep your mouth healthy, it's important to brush and floss your implants regularly. Good oral hygiene is always necessary, and it's even more essential when you have dental implants. Contact Staller & Gandel D.D.S for more information about restorative dentistry.