Tooth loss is something that many people experience, whether it be in small amounts or through the loss of a whole tooth which can be painful and embarrassing. However, it is no longer something that you have to live with.
There are several solutions to these problems from bridges to crowns to many other options. However, these solutions are semi-permanent at best. There is another option that has been gaining in popularity and it is the dental implant. This one is not like the implants in other procedures, as it is not only done for cosmetics. There are a few steps to having a successful implantation, but the results last a lifetime and have less problems in the long run.
First, you will want to talk to your dentist about getting this done. Many do not have the necessary experience to perform this procedure, but because no special licensing is needed, any one of them can. You will want to be sure that your dentist has experience in the area so that you can get the best results possible. After this, it will be time to prepare. One thing that is a necessity is, if you are a smoker, quitting. Smoking lowers the success rates of the procedure.
The way it works is this: a hole will be drilled into your gum line and a titanium screw is placed. This is so the other piece, the temporary titanium crown, can be placed. The screw is integrated into the bone in a process called osseointegration. This is the process by which the implant becomes a part of your body. The screw that is placed will have a cover screw placed on top of it to aid in healing and to help the implant become a part of your jaw.
Your gums will shape naturally around the temporary crown, and after they are at a satisfactory point a permanent crown will be placed. Your dentist will match for color and shape and will make your implant look as good as possible. Dental implants look more like the real thing than any other option available and offer more protection and permanence.
If you are unhappy with your teeth or with any places that you are missing teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a dental implant. They will be able to restore your confidence in your smile and will enable you to live a better life.
Source by Anna Woodward