Losing a permanent tooth can be devastating, but there are quite a few restorative options you can consider when it comes to replacing it. Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option because of their many oral health benefits and durability. Here’s everything you need to know about dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of a small titanium post that is placed into your jawbone to anchor a crown, bridges, or dentures. Because the titanium post fuses to your jawbone, your dental implant will stay fixed in your mouth permanently. Dental implants are great for patients who have good oral hygiene, strong gums, proper bone density, don’t smoke, and don’t have diabetes or autoimmune disorders.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are very similar in structure to natural teeth, so not only will they help you eat and talk regularly, but they will also help you maintain proper jaw strength and prevent your cheeks from sinking in (which can give you an older appearance). You can treat your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth, so you don’t need to do anything additional to maintain them aside from consistent brushing and flossing.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants take about six to eight months to complete and usually consist of two procedures. During your first procedure, your dentist will drill into your jawbone and place the titanium screw. They will then place a temporary cap over the screw to let the area heal properly as the screw fuses to the jawbone.
During your next visit, your dentist will make an incision in your gum and expose the titanium screw. They will take impressions of your teeth in order to create the perfect implant or implants for you. At your final appointment, you will receive your replacement teeth and your dental implants will be complete.
Maintaining Your Dental Implant
All you need to do to maintain your dental implant is to treat it as you would any other tooth, so it’s important to brush and floss your teeth and implants consistently. A well taken care of dental implant can last up to 25 years, which means that dental implants are an excellent permanent tooth replacement option. If you’re interested in dental implants or have any questions about the procedure, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at Ruby Canyon Dental. We look forward to hearing from you! Contact us to schedule an appointment today!