Find Out Why You Might Need a Dental Implant and What to Expect if You Get One
Most people think of dentures when they think of missing teeth. Dentures have been used for more than 2,000 years, with the first being wooden. So it is no surprise that those are the first thing a person thinks of when they have a missing tooth. However, there are still issues with dentures, including the ability to move around when the person is talking or eating, so many people might want to look for a more permanent solution for their teeth. They may also only have one tooth that's missing, so a Dental Implant might be a better choice.
Why Are Implants Necessary?
When a person has missing teeth, they have a gap in their smile. Many people don't like this for aesthetic reasons, but it goes beyond that. When a person is missing their teeth, the remaining teeth can move to take up the space. When this happens, their teeth no longer fill the jaw and they might have issues with their jaw as a result. Along with these issues, a person will often find it's difficult to eat certain foods without all of their teeth.
A tooth implant is often preferred over dentures because it's permanent and can replace a single tooth. The tooth will be installed in the person's jaw and will completely replace the missing tooth. Then, the person won't have to worry about their smile or about what they want to eat for dinner. It acts just like the person's original teeth.
What is the Process for Implants?
In the past, implants took a while to be put in. The person would need to have the rods inside the implants placed first, allow time for the jaw to heal (generally six weeks), and then return to the dentist to have the implants placed on the rods. However, now it's possible for the person to get the replacement teeth on the same day, and they can even have up to six teeth implanted during one appointment.
The person may first need to see a periodontics specialist. These dentists specialize in the treatment of diseases in the teeth and can help ensure the person's teeth are able to be removed and replaced without issues. Any diseases will need to be cured before the implants can be placed. Next, the person will need to see a prosthodontist. This dentist specializes in the restoration of teeth, including implants. They will take the following steps to remove damaged teeth and replace them with implants.
- The first step is the pre-planning step, where there will be a 3-D model designed of the person's teeth and then a surgical guide created from that. This helps them ensure the teeth they are creating will fit perfectly where the missing teeth are. The last step for the pre-planning is to actually create the new teeth.
- At the appointment for the implants, any damaged teeth will need to be extracted first. This is done carefully and with numbing to eliminate the pain a person might feel.
- After the teeth are removed, if any need to be, the rods will be inserted into the person's jaw to anchor them. This is done using the surgical guide.
- On the same day, and immediately after the rods are inserted, the new teeth will be permanently attached to them. The person now has their smile back, but they will want to wait a little longer before eating their favorite foods. It's recommended they stick with a soft diet at first to let the jaw heal from the surgery.
If you have at least one missing tooth or you have tooth pain that is severe and means you'll need to have one or more teeth removed, you're going to want to look into implants to see if this could be a solution for you. While they aren't perfect for everyone, it's a good idea to speak with your dental professional at PermaDontics to learn more about your implant options.