What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Implants, as it’s name implies, are medical devices that replace a missing body part. They function like the missing tooth, making it a better alternatives than bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. This will then be sent to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office of David M. Glasscock to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
Is there any Benefits from having Implants?
There are many benefits to dental implants. Dental Implants function the same way a normal tooth would function.
1. You are able to eat any food you would have normally been able to eat prior to loosing a tooth. Missing teeth make eating more difficult.
2. Having a health smile will also improve your social interactions with people. A healthy smile is engaging. People who are missing teeth or in need of dental care tend not to smile.
3. When you have untreated dental problems, they will affect your physical well being. Removing and replacing damaged teeth will help promote healthier gums as well as prevent your other teeth from moving.
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