Dental implants have become one of the most popular ways of replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are permanent prosthetics that provide both a natural and cosmetically appealing look. Implants are used for serving cosmetic purposes and also as part of restorative dentistry for complete full-mouth restorations.
What is the process involved in getting implants?
The dentist will determine after evaluation if the dental implants are the right option for you. After that, the dentist will create an incision in the jawline, down to the bone. Then, a hole is drilled into the jaw. All this will be done under the effect of local anesthesia. Then, the titanium post acting as an artificial root will be placed into the bone. It will be left for healing, and the dentist will place a temporary tooth over it to hide the gap in your smile.
Once the jaw bone heals, the dentist will provide a solid foundation by placing an abutment over the artificial root. Finally, a permanent crown is placed over the top of the post and abutment.
What are the advantages of implants?
The advantages of implants are as follows:
- Bone Preservation: Once a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone gradually dissolves. Implant-supported teeth are anchored securely to your jawbone and will preserve the remaining bone while maintaining the integrity of your facial structure. When it comes to dentures, the shrinkage of the jawbone alters the fit of dentures, resulting in the displacement of the teeth, exposed nerves, and gum irritation.
- Improve your speech: Ill-fitting dentures can cause facial muscles to become tense as the muscles attempt to hold the teeth in place, causing mumbling, slurred speech, and clicking. But, in the case of dental implants, your phonetics will be restored to normal.
- Eat better: Implants can help to achieve better chewing efficiency compared to natural teeth, letting you enjoy your meals.
- Eliminate inconveniences and embarrassment: With implants, there is no need for gooey adhesives to hold the teeth in place. You will never have to worry about your prosthetic teeth popping out when you laugh or talk.
- Long-lasting: Implants are pretty long-lasting. Dentists say that with proper oral hygiene and eating habits, they would last for several years.
- Prevent malocclusion: Implants make the jawbone more stable and prevent the drifting of the natural teeth. In turn, they avoid issues of malocclusion.
At Jones and Hindbaugh Dental, the art and technology of modern dentistry are tactfully employed to systematically restore the damage and improve the cosmetic appeal of your smile. Dr. Erica Hindbaugh Jones' and Dr. Russel Jones specialize in creating a coordinated treatment plan to give you a complete smile makeover. Book an appointment with us today for a more youthful and healthy smile.