What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and provide long term restoration of your smile. The development and use of implants in dentistry have been one of the greatest advances in the last 40 years. Dental implants consist of titanium and other compatible materials with the human body. They are surgically placed posts in the upper or lower jaw, where they act as a robust anchor for replacing teeth. Most patients find a dental implant safe, stable and comfortable.
Dental Implant Phases
There are usually three phases to get an implant: placement, healing, and restoration. First, the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone. During the healing process, we recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and hot soup. In a process called osseointegration, the bone around the implant heals. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone grows around the titanium post and keeps it secured in place. Some patients may have to wait up to several months for the implant to be fully integrated before the permanent restoration can be attached.
Our expert team will customize a new tooth, called a dental crown, for a single dental implant. The crown is designed to blend naturally with your other teeth. If you replace more than one tooth, you may be fitted with customized bridges or dentures. In the meantime, we will provide you with a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you are interested in dental implants, it is a good idea to have a comprehensive evaluation first. This treatment may be an option for you if you are in good general health. Before any implant surgery is scheduled, your gums and bone density must be in good condition. Patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes or leukemia may not be good implant candidates. It can also slow healing by using tobacco.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Losing teeth can have a variety of consequences. When a tooth is extracted or falls out, the jaw naturally tries to fill that gap. The rest of your teeth can shift out of alignment to fill the negative space left by the missing tooth. Without a tooth root to stimulate the jaw while biting and chewing, bone resorption can occur, resulting in unwanted changes in facial appearance.
Dental implants perform the same function as a natural root, stimulating the bone and preventing resorption. Having a crown occupying space between your natural teeth will prevent movement that could cause further problems.
Dr. Cohen offers dental implants and implant-supported restorations to improve your oral health. Contact our office today to schedule a visit with our friendly team and find out if dental implants are right for you.
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