So you’ve been missing teeth for some time now and looking for relief. And there have been several occasions where you’ve wondered if anything could be done about it, because you sorely miss being able to eat the foods that you love and smile with confidence. Thankfully, there is a way to restore the quality of life that seems like a far-gone memory – dental implants. And as you continue reading, your local dentist will explain what determines your eligibility for the procedure and how it can restore one or more teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are surgically inserted titanium posts that are affixed to your jawbone and act as roots. Because titanium is biocompatible, your bone will fuse with it over time, forming a sturdy foundation for your teeth. The process usually takes two visits to complete – the first to insert the implant and a second, months later, to place a permanent fixture.
Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?
Before having the procedure done, you will need to consult with your implant dentist to determine whether you are a good candidate. During this appointment, he will capture images of your jawbone to make sure that you have enough healthy material to support an implant.
How Does the Procedure Work for One Missing Tooth?
If you have one missing tooth, you’ll only need one implant surgically placed, and after a period of healing and fusing, you’ll return to have a crown permanently affixed to an abutment (the extension of the implant that allows the crown to be attached). It’s important to note that even if you have just one tooth missing, over time it will cause your other teeth to shift because of the lost tension.
Dental Implant Procedure for Multiple Missing Teeth
If you’re missing multiple teeth, your oral expert offers the implant-retained bridge. This is a type of fixed prosthetic that can replace several teeth in a row. Two dental implant crowns will be placed into the jaw on either end of the space in your mouth and will be used as abutments for your bridge to attach to.
Why the Time is Now to Act
This is the time to act because the longer you wait to have your missing teeth addressed, the more your bone matter will degenerate. This is because the tension created by all of your teeth being adjacent to each other sends a message to your underlying bone to continue producing new material. Conversely, when there’s prolonged tooth loss, your face begins to collapse, and you suffer from premature wrinkles.
So are you ready to rewrite your story and regain the smile and confidence you once thought was gone? Do you want to prevent further oral issues due to missing teeth? If so, then reach out to your local professional today!
About the Author
Dr. Tim Stirneman earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Creighton University Dental School. Since then, he has gone on to annually attend hundreds of hours of continuing education courses, which include implant training. Dr. Stirneman practices at Brand New Smile and can be reached for more information through his website.