Nowadays, it is possible to preserve natural teeth for longer than before due to new advancements in preventive and restorative dentistry. Despite these innovations, tooth loss remains a common problem. If you are among those who have a missing tooth, your confidence and your quality of life were lost along with it. To fill the empty space, you want a more permanent solution than what is offered with conventional methods, like a bridge and crowns. You can enjoy the benefits of dental implants to make a long-term investment in your smile.
Replacing a Single Tooth
Every tooth in your mouth is vital for your oral health and functions. When one is missing, you can develop serious complications, like additional tooth loss in the future. To regain the next best thing to your natural tooth, you can use a dental implant.
Generally, if you have good oral and general health, you are a candidate for the procedure; however, your implant dentist will need to perform a thorough consultation. In addition to a visual exam, diagnostic images are taken to evaluate the density of your jawbone. You must have enough bone to support the post. If you do not, you may need to undergo bone grafting before having your post placed.
Completing Your Smile
After the foundation is set for your procedure, high-quality images are used to pinpoint the precise location to place your post. This will involve a surgical procedure. You are given a sedative or anesthetic to ensure a pain-free process.
Your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it to allow a biocompatible titanium implant post to be placed. Your gum tissue is sutured closed and the healing process will begin.
The post will act as a new root, stimulating your jawbone to encourage new bone growth. Over the next several weeks, your jawbone will fuse to the post, allowing it to potentially remain in place forever.
After you have healed, you will begin the restoration process. This will involve a minor surgery to attach an abutment to the post by opening your gum tissue. This acts as a connector piece to hold a custom-made crown in place.
It will take a couple weeks for your gum tissue to seal around the abutment. In the meantime, impressions of your mouth are taken to design your restoration. It is made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth to blend in when you smile.
Invest in Your Smile Today!
You can enjoy a long-term solution to fill the empty space in your smile. Ask your dentist about the benefits of dental implants today!
About Bethel Dental
Bethel Dental believes a healthy smile starts here. We provide the tailored solutions you need to maintain optimal oral health and functions. If you are missing teeth, we have the treatments you need to rehabilitate your dental health. Contact our office today to restore your smile.