The Forest & Ray dental professionals know that if you have dentures or are missing teeth, implants can improve your quality of life and give you confidence when eating or smiling. Here in this article you will find all you need to know about getting dental implants.
Dental implants have revolutionized the replacement of teeth. Before the development of dental implants, people with dentures were unable to chew many kinds of food; this has all changed with the widespread use of dental implants. An implant is placed by first making a slit in the gum tissue over the site of the missing tooth.
A preparation is then made in the bone using various sized drills, after which the implant is screwed into the bone before the gum tissue is stitched closed. This procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia or sedation, and it should be a painless operation. The implant must sit for four months before teeth can be placed, but there are some situations in which the implant can be used like a tooth. What is a dental implant able to do that other teeth-replacement options, such as bridges or dentures, can't do? Let’s look at the pluses and minuses.
There are several ways a dentist can fill the spaces between missing teeth—dentures come to mind. Unlike dentures, implants serve as an actual replacement. They are implanted into the jaw or gum so that they serve as an anchor for dental crowns. This long-term solution to tooth loss is superior, as implants won’t move or slip. There is no need for special cleaning or adhesives, and maintenance is simple and easy. You will be able to chew foods more easily. Some patients even report that food tastes better! And, an implant can’t come loose like a denture can.
Yes, dental implants cost more initially than dentures; however, when you consider the additional costs of dentures spread over a lifetime (think cleaning solutions, adhesives, repairs, and possibly having to replace them), dental implants are often a better financial solution in the long run and worth the extra upfront cost. Simply care for your implants the same way that you would for your natural teeth, and the dental implants will be a lifelong, more cost-effective solution to tooth loss.
Getting a dental implant or implants is a multi-step process that can take several months. Once we have determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure and you agree, you will be scheduled for having an implant inserted. This may also involve an extraction of the damaged tooth that will be replaced.
Once the implant is in place, your jaw and surrounding tissues will need some time to heal. This can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks. At this time, our dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontitis will check the site to make sure it is healed properly and attach your new tooth.
Another great thing about dental implants: they are easy to maintain by brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth because, after all, they are the closest thing you can have to your natural teeth. Simply care for your implants the same way that you would for your natural teeth and the dental implants will be a lifelong, more cost-effective solution to tooth loss. So don’t hesitate any longer. Come into Forest & Ray’s conveniently located centre-city location and let us tell you more about the benefits of dental implants and restoring your gorgeous smile.