Dental implants can be a great permanent solution for those who are missing teeth as implants can last much longer than dentures. Dentures, however, can be broken or they may need to be replaced after a number of years due to normal wear and tear. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not typically need to be replaced. They become a part of you once they are placed in your mouth.
Dental implants also have more advantages over other ways of replacing missing teeth. They have a more natural look than dentures, due to the forming of the crown to match a patient’s natural teeth. It is also more likely to feel natural. There is no need for adjustments or any additional fittings once the implant is installed.
The basic procedure to put in dental implants involves placing a screw-like object in the mouth to replace the roots of your teeth. These titanium implants are made to fuse with your jawbone, which keeps the artificial teeth from slipping around your mouth like dentures might. The process of the implant’s fusion to the jawbone can take months.
In the months-long process of waiting until the titanium fuses with the jawbone, you can wear temporary replacements that will function as your teeth during this time. The next step is to attach extensions to the implants so that you can soon have your new permanent artificial teeth in place. Some people have implants placed that already include extensions, which makes the second step unnecessary. However, a dentist will advise you on which choice is right for you.
Next, artificial teeth are put on the extensions, or abutments, mimicking a natural tooth. The crowns are made to match the other teeth in your mouth. This allows for the most natural look to replace your missing teeth. With its color and shape molded to match your natural teeth, no one will ever know the difference between your implants and the rest of your smile.
However, every person has a different situation, and this procedure can differ from person-to-person. The number of missing teeth, the health of your oral tissue, the development of your jawbone, and your ability to commit the time it takes to recover from your dental implant surgery are all factors that could affect the dental implant procedure. The only person that can advise you on how long this procedure will take from start to finish is a dentist.
At McBride Dental, we are equipped to help you sort out the details of your procedure. We will assess what steps we will need to take to make your dental implant surgery a success. Our experienced dentists can help you decide how you can start the process of improving your smile with dental implants. Do not delay another day by just thinking about whether dental implants are right for you. Contact us at McBride Dental right away.