Missing teeth can cause chewing and speaking problems, headaches, shifting of the teeth in the jawbone, deterioration of the bone, changes to the facial structure and much more. When an individual smiles or laughs, they might feel embarrassed about the condition of their teeth that causes them to hide their mouth. With the help of an experienced dentist, a dental implant will improve this type of condition and restore an individual’s smile.
The best place for an individual to start is by receiving a consultation with a dentist or oral surgeon. During the consultation, the teeth, gums, and bone will be evaluated and X-rays or computer tomography scans might be taken to determine if there is the correct amount of bone structure. A patient who has insufficient bone or gum tissue might require soft tissue grafts and smaller implants.
If a patient has an underlying oral health issue, it must be treated and manageable before a dental implant will take place. Tooth decay and gum disease are common problems that will need to be addressed. When the individual is a smoker, the dentist will advise the patient to quit, because smokers face a higher risk of failure for this type of procedure.
Anchoring The Implant
A titanium post will serve as the root for the dental implant. A small incision will be put in the gum and then a small hole will be drilled for insertion of the post. Healing usually requires several months while the bone fuses to the titanium post.
A temporary crown might be installed during the post installation. A patient will return when healing has completed to receive a permanent crown that will look identical to the rest of the teeth remaining in the mouth. After the permanent crown is attached, a patient can care for the tooth in the same way as their natural teeth.
Dental implants are a great alternative to bridges. A dental implant will not have to be removed from your mouth like dentures or bridges for cleaning. If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth that will look as natural as your existing ones, please contact Family Dentistry and Implant Center in Virginia for more information.