If you are missing teeth or are required to have some of them removed due to decay or breakage, dental implants are a solid solution to correct the issue. Other treatment methods could benefit you as well, however, they may not provide you with a permanent solution. Dentures and partial teeth are a common solution to fill in gaps left over from missing teeth. However, this solution does not provide the convenience that you can expect from dental implants. With implants, you do not have to remove them at the end of the day. You do not have to clean them in a little cup of solution. Instead, dental implants are essentially just like the rest of your teeth and can be treated as such. This is why they are the ideal solution. Dental bridges can also be used to provide the same result, however, surrounding teeth are compromised in order to accommodate the required hardware. With dental implants, all of the hardware is below the surface and does not require compromising any of your other teeth.
While dental implants can provide a more durable, longer lasting and convenient solution over other methods, they also require oral surgery. This may be a deal breaker for some, especially they suffer from some chronic illnesses. On the other hand, if surgery is not a problem for you, then consider a treatment plan that includes dental implants. Once you have developed a custom treatment plan with your family dentist to address your specific issues, then your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This is so that they can craft your new teeth.
Next, the oral surgeon or dentist will need to insert the tooth root titanium post into the missing tooth socket. Once the post has been successfully inserted into the bone, the mouth is left to heal for up to 12 weeks. As the mouth heals, it closes in around the implant securing it further into place. Once the implant has healed and secured, the dentist will take that impression of your mouth and craft the replacement tooth, otherwise known as a crown. The replacement tooth is then attached to the root post and is ready to be treated like a normal tooth.
After your dental implant surgical procedure, you may experience some pain. Your dentist should prescribe you a mild pain killer to help relieve the pain. During the surgery, a patient can expect to experience very little discomfort. Once the patient has healed, proper care is required to maintain your dental implants. They should be treated like normal teeth with twice daily brushing, flossing and rinsing. Regular dental checkups are also required just a with your regular teeth. If you take good care of your teeth and your dental implants, you can expect them to last a long time.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry such as dental implant surgery, call to make an appointment with Iverness Family Dentistry. They are located in Englewood, Colorado in the Denver Tech Center.