What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are many benefits, but the primary one is the fact that you will no longer feel self-conscious about your smile. Dental implants are created to look like natural teeth, and are custom made to fit your mouth. In addition:
They’re not just for looks – a titanium dental implant gives you a firm and functional tooth with which you can bite and chew without any concerns that it’s going to come loose. This is because it is fused into your jawbone, so is no less secure than your natural tooth would be. They last a long time – your dental implants are classed as a long-term solution to missing teeth. They need no special extra care, just the same oral hygiene regime you would use for your normal teeth, with good brushing and flossing.
They’re comfortable – where dentures can lead to sore gums and irritation, dental implants are comfortable as they effectively become part of you.
They’re affordable and cost-effective – there’s a good chance your dental insurance policy will cover your dental implants, and since they are likely to last as long as you do, they’re a great investment.
What is the process for getting dental implants?
Your mouth will need some preparation before you have dental implants, so here is a brief overview of what you can expect to happen before your orthodontist will do.
If you have a damaged or worn tooth in place, this will be removed first. There is a chance you will need bone graft surgery before your titanium implant is put in place, and this must be done and given a chance to heal before you proceed any further with your treatment.
You will also need extensive examination of your mouth and a set of X-rays so that your orthodontist has a clear picture of what they are dealing with. A socket will be made for the implant through your gums and potentially into your jawbone, and a titanium root for the implant will be placed within. This will fuse firmly to the bone as your mouth heals. You may also need posts for extra stability.
Your customised crown will then be put on top of the dental implant rod, sometimes even on the same day.
When should I have dental implants?
If you have recently had other dental work or dental surgery carried out, then you will need to wait up to a couple of months for your mouth to heal properly. Otherwise, dental implants are largely suitable for anyone, and you will not need to wait to have them done.
If your gums and jawbone are healthy, your implants can be carried out as soon as a possible. Call us and book a free consultation today, where we can discuss your dental implant treatment in detail.