Dental Implants: A Worthy Option for Replacing Missing Teeth

Posted by Dr. Patel on Sep 30 2020, 06:33 AM

A missing tooth can make a huge difference in your everyday routine. Even the simplest of activities, like eating food, smiling confidently, talking, etc. would be affected negatively. The best way to deal with it is by getting the tooth replaced with a prosthetic tooth. When it comes to prosthetic tooth replacement, dentists from all around the world turn towards dental implants as their foremost recommendation!

What's special about implants?

A lot of things! In order to begin with, dental implants are the closest alternative to natural teeth in terms of functionality, aesthetics, structure, and strength. Implants are a combination of a ceramic prosthetic tooth and a titanium implant stud, which acts as the tooth root. They completely restore a tooth from root to crown, thereby filling the missing tooth's gap. The ceramic crown can also be customized to a great extent by altering its color, texture, translucency, and contour, making it as indistinguishable as possible.

Perhaps, the most impressive feature of dental implants is that they are super-strong and last a lifetime. The metal stud has screw-like grooves on its surface, allowing it to adhere to the jawbone firmly. Also, the visible ceramic crown is made from dental-grade material, which has excellent durability. Implants have an impressive success rate, making them the go-to solution for restoring natural teeth.

Are you a suitable candidate for implants?

Getting dental implants would require you to satisfy a few physical conditions. Some of them are:

  • Adequate jawbone size and volume
  • Good overall state of health
  • Optimum oral health, where you do not have conditions like gum diseases, cavities, etc.
  • Sufficient space for placing the implant
  • The patient shouldn't suffer from heart conditions, high blood pressure, or diabetes

How is the implant surgery carried out?

The dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis and determine whether or not you would be a suitable candidate for implants. We will also take scans and panoramic x-rays of the mouth to map out the positioning of the teeth and get a better view of the underlying jawbone. Once your candidacy is confirmed, you will be prepared for the surgery.

During the initial surgery, the implant will be placed in the jawbone. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the oral tissues, after which a small slit will be made on the gums. Once the adequate jawbone is exposed, a small hole will be made, and the implant will be inserted in it. Dental adhesives are used to secure it firmly, after which a suitable healing period of a few months will be suggested.

During the next visit, a connecting element called the abutment will be attached to the implant, and digital oral scans will be taken to serve as a reference for fabricating the ceramic crown. The crown will be done in a few days, and the dentist will make sure it fits well by placing it on the implant and checking its shape, size, and contour. Once the necessary changes are made, the crown will be bonded to the abutment using dental cement. A bite test will reveal any changes in bite due to the implant, after which the crown will be polished.

Please reach out to us on-call 909-628-8109 or by scheduling an online consultation with our dentist Dr. Patel, and we'll be glad to guide you further with your dental implants treatment.

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