What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Implants are carefully positioned in the jawbone and gum tissue. Once placed, the implant will seamlessly replace the natural root of the tooth. An abutment will then be connected to the implant, creating the foundation for a permanent restoration. Finally, an implant-supported crown will be affixed to the abutment, resulting in a flawless aesthetic and a sensation similar to your own natural teeth!
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are beneficial because they do not require support from surrounding teeth, unlike bridges and dentures. This allows patients to eat the foods they love and not have to worry about any restrictions from their restoration. Additionally, implants help to preserve the bone in the jaw and prevent facial collapse in those who experience tooth loss. Finally, implants also promote better oral health by making it easier to brush and floss one’s teeth.
How Is Dental Implant Surgery Performed?
Dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that will fuse to the bone when placed in the body. Once the implant is placed, you’ll go through a process known as osseointegration, where the jawbone will grow around the implant and fuse with it. This can take three to six months. Then, our dentist can finish the process by placing the abutment over the implant. The abutment connects your crown to your implant. Finally, the crown is placed on the implant to complete the restoration.
Before beginning any treatment, we will discuss all of your options with you so that you can choose the solution that’s best for you. If dental implants are the best option for you, we’ll discuss the procedure with you before performing it.
After the dental implant procedure, it’s crucial to follow our dentist’s post-operative care instructions. This might include:
- Discomfort management: Some discomfort is normal following the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications can help manage this.
- Oral hygiene: Keeping the implant site clean is crucial for successful osseointegration and preventing infection. Regular brushing, flossing, and perhaps using an antiseptic mouthwash are recommended.
- Dietary restrictions: Immediately after the procedure, it’s best to stick to soft foods and avoid anything that might disturb the implant site.
- Regular dental check-ups: Regular visits to our dentist will ensure the implant is integrating well and detect any potential issues early.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing or damaged teeth that are being replaced. This tooth replacement option provides many advantages over traditional dentures, including an appearance and feel similar to natural teeth.
When you lose a tooth, the jawbone no longer receives the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong. Over time, the bone may deteriorate and shrink from the lost tooth site, changing the structure of your face. Dentures can also move out of place when eating or speaking. But when dental implants are affixed to the jawbone, not only do they provide a secure and comfortable fit, but they also stimulate the jawbone the same way natural tooth roots do. Thus, permanently replacing your missing teeth with implants can preserve bone structure and further improve your smile and overall dental health.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our Prairie Village, KS dental practice, call our office or schedule an online consultation.