If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, then you might be a good candidate for dental implants. This procedure is one that can help you replace missing teeth. It has many advantages over simply being fitted with dentures.
One immediate perk is that if you have lost a tooth and suffered the effects of bone loss, it brings back the shape of your face. It can also improve your dental hygiene. This is the best way to solve a missing tooth whether you lost it in an accident or through tooth decay. Though more complicated than dentures, it is well worth it.
The actual dental implant procedure is quite simple. If you have lost a tooth you will see that where the root of the tooth used to be there is now a hole. If you leave the missing tooth alone the bone in your jaw will eventually weaken. This will change the shape of your jaw.
When you undergo a dental implant procedure a small titanium implant is inserted into your gum. The implant is then placed into the jawbone and left to fuse with the jawbone for stability.
After the dental implant procedure, you will be fitted with a temporary tooth. Once your jaw has healed sufficiently, your doctor will fit you with a permanent false tooth. This usually happens about four to six weeks afterwards.
You should visit a dental implant clinic to see if you are an ideal candidate for the dental implant procedure. A CT scan and some x-rays will be necessary to see if you can have the dental implant procedure. If you have any type of gum disease you need to have this treated before the procedure is carried out, to ensure your implant will withstand the surgery.
If you are missing teeth, or are losing jawbone density, call your doctor. From there, they will schedule you for a consultation appointment and check out if you are an ideal candidate to undergo this procedure. When you finish with the procedure, you will be back to healthy with shining teeth.