Dental Implants in Glenmore Park
Millions of people who once had missing teeth have successfully undergone dental implant procedures to restore their beautiful smiles. Of course, there are other solutions for having one or more missing teeth, but dentists normally recommend dental implants for those who can afford it and have sufficient jawbone present to allow for successful implantation.
You may want to leave missing teeth alone, but you should know that it comes at a price. One of these is that the teeth surrounding the gap left by your missing tooth will tend to shift into this empty space, which leads to gaps in surrounding teeth. You can also have problems with your bite as a result.
Another problem with untreated missing teeth is what happens to the underlying bone. The presence of a tooth root causes your jawbone to surround and grip on to it. Without this tooth root, the bone begins to deteriorate, or resorb. However, just because you have some missing jawbone material does not mean that you are necessarily disqualified from receiving a dental implant. In this case, we may be able to do a bone graft. But it's always best to have a dental implant before this situation develops, as this adds additional complexity and expense to the procedure, as well as lengthening the total length of time required for receiving a dental implant.
As we already mentioned, you need strong bone and healthy gums to receive dental implants. So we begin with a thorough examination of your bone structure, sinuses and nerves. We may use imaging technology like x-rays at this time.
If we determine that you have sufficient bone mass and healthy gums, we proceed from there. The process consists of three basic steps. The first is to do a digital scan of the teeth and fabricate a surgical guide that will allow us to accurately place the implant in a predetermined position and angle. Next, we drill a hole to make room for your dental implant. Then we insert the implant fixture into this hole.
The initial fixture that we insert will be made of titanium. This metal is often used because of its strength and the fact that it is biologically inert and should not interact with your mouth or gums in a negative way.
Recovery takes around three months. This gives your jawbone an opportunity to fuse with the implant.
Once this recovery period is finished, we take another scan and attach the crown onto the dental implant fixture.
The dental crown is the tip of the iceberg. This is the visible part of your dental implant, which provides the appearance and function of a normal tooth to allow you to bite and chew normally. You can even have a crown matching the color of your surrounding teeth so that no one knows that you had anything done.
It is normal to experience temporary minor pain and swelling while recovering from a dental implant procedure. You may be prescribed pain medication or antibiotics after receiving your implant. In the days after your implant procedure, avoid chewing hard food. You may also want to avoid chewing on the same side of your mouth as the implant while you heal.
If you are ready to experience for yourself what makes dental implants the best solution for missing teeth, please contact Glenmore Park Dental to schedule your consultation.