When you are looking to replace your missing teeth, dental implants can be an excellent choice. These natural-looking tooth replacements are a great way to restore your smile. You can return to living your life as you did before you lost your teeth. You can speak, chew, and maintain the structure of your face’s features just as you did before. Plus, dental implants are a hugely successful method of replacing your teeth. They do not lead to any additional bone loss in the mouth, and they will not affect the natural teeth that you may still have in your mouth.
However, you may wonder what the process of getting dental implants may be. You may know that it involves surgery, but what exactly will happen during this procedure?
A dental implant is a metal post that is placed in your jawbone. After your bone fuses with the post, replacement teeth will be set atop the implants. Dental implants are an excellent option for people missing one or several teeth. You must also have enough jawbone to support the implants, healthy tissue in your gums, no health conditions that hinder bone growth, and a commitment to the several months it will take before your dental implant procedure is complete.
Several steps lead up to the dental implant procedure. You must work with your dentist throughout a dental exam and treatment plan process. Then there are several more steps to prepare your mouth for your upcoming surgery. Your damaged teeth may need to be removed. Some of your jawbone may need to be adjusted for surgery by being grafted. Then the implants will be placed in your jawbone.
From this point, after the implants have been placed in your mouth, it may be several months before you can have your replacement teeth put into place. Once your implants have fused with your bone, the dentist will put in abutments. These structures are an extension of the implant that cannot be placed until the implants are stable enough in your mouth. Once the tissue in your mouth heals after the abutments are placed, you can then have your replacement teeth molded, created, and set.
While you are waiting for your implants to heal enough for your replacement teeth to be placed, your dentist will be able to give you a set of removable dentures that can be worn. These will help you feel confident in your appearance as you wait for your permanent dental implants to heal.
While the process of getting your dental implants can seem lengthy, the process is worth it in the end. The replacement teeth you will have will have a solid base that is fused with your jawbone, creating a long-lasting and robust replacement for your missing teeth.
If you have any questions about dental implants, the best person to talk to is your dentist. At McBride Dental, we can talk you through the process and your best options.