Missing teeth can pose several problems, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality of the mouth. Replacing a missing tooth becomes highly essential, which is why dentists from all over the world recommend their patients to get their extracted teeth restored at the earliest. When it comes to replacing a lost tooth, the best option that patients have is dental implants. They offer numerous advantages that their alternatives do not, making them highly sought-after in the world of dentistry.
What are dental implants?
Implants are prosthetic teeth that look exactly like natural ones. They are made from a combination of ceramic and titanium for the tooth crown and root, respectively. The ceramic material used to make the crown is dental-grade, meaning it is highly durable and can be personalized to mimic the exact appearance of the patient's lost tooth. Titanium is used to replace the tooth root as it is a highly strong and hard metal that helps to withstand the excessive forces applied to the implant while biting and chewing food. Together, they offer the perfect tooth replacement solution that lasts a long time.
Advantages of implants
- Implants are super strong. You can go about your regular oral functions without having to worry about the implants breaking or snapping off.
- The color, texture, and translucency of the implant crown can be customized to a great extent to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Even if anyone takes a closer look at the implant, they wouldn't be able to distinguish it from your remaining teeth.
- We use dental-grade ceramic to fabricate implant crowns. This material is highly durable and doesn't crack under severe forces.
- The implant metal stud will be inserted into the jawbone exactly where the natural tooth existed. This makes it highly stable and sturdy.
- Implants last for a really long time. Many of our patients have got implants that have been functioning seamlessly for several years now.
- Since the metal stud is inserted into the jawbone, it would prevent the remaining teeth from drifting away from their orthodontically ideal positions. Also, it prevents bone deterioration.
- Implants help you bite and chew food like you used to before losing your tooth. Also, your phonetics will be brought back to normal after getting the implant.
Prior to starting the implant placement procedure, there are a few factors that would be taken into consideration. Some of them are jawbone health, available placement gap for the implant, overall health condition, the health of the gums, oral infections, etc. These define your candidacy for implants. Post this, you will be prepared for the procedure.
Local anesthesia will be administered to the gums, which numbs the surrounding tissues like the teeth and jawbone as well. A hole will be made in the jawbone with high precision using sophisticated dental instruments. The metal implant will be inserted in place, and a suitable healing period will be suggested.
Once you complete the healing period, we will take dental x-rays to check whether the bone has fused with the implant. Next, a connecting abutment will be placed on the implant, which would act as the connecting element. The crown made from ceramic will be attached to the abutment after the dentist checks for its fit. It will be secured firmly using dental adhesives to keep it from getting displaced, after which we will polish it to enhance its aesthetics.
You may schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts by calling us at (925) 566-8738 or reaching us through an online query. We're always happy to help.