Chances are you already know people who have had dental implant treatment and hopefully your experience has been positive. Dental implants can be great for replacing missing teeth, and this treatment is fast becoming the gold standard for treating tooth loss. Despite this, how much do you know about treatment and what to expect?

What is a dental implant about how it works?

Dental implants are actually quite straightforward, generally consisting of three separate parts including an implant post or screw that is inserted into the jaw bone, a post that attaches to the implant post or screw, and protrudes just above of the gum line, and the extreme dental restoration that will cover the abutment. The idea behind the use of a screw or post is that it will be attached to your jaw bone during a process called Osseo integration. This is where new bone cells begin to grow on the specially treated implant post, eventually holding the post firmly in place so that it cannot move a fraction. This bonding process helps ensure that the implant post is strong enough to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to support implant crowns, bridges, or complete dentures.

Why is dental implant treatment often better than other alternatives?

One of the reasons why implant treatment may be better than other alternatives is the way the implant post artificially replaces the root of the tooth. Your natural dental roots are important to good dental health. Every time you chew on a tooth, the sensation is transmitted through the crown of the tooth or the part you can see in the mouth, directly through the root of the tooth and into the surrounding bone. This has the effect of stimulating the bone so that the old bone cells are continuously replaced. Once the natural tooth root is removed, this no longer occurs and the old bone cells are no longer replaced and the jaw bone gradually begins to re-absorb. Most of this resorption occurs in the first year after tooth loss, so it is so important to think about replacing missing teeth as soon as possible.

Dental implants can also be more aesthetically pleasing, especially when used to replace individual teeth. A world-class dentist can create beautiful new implant teeth that are incredibly lifelike using the highest quality materials. We make sure these teeth are designed to provide the right amount of support for your cheeks and lips, avoiding that sagging look that can age so prematurely in people who have suffered multiple tooth losses.

This treatment can be great for people who have uncomfortable dentures and who hate sticking to easy to chew or softer foods. With dental implants, eating should be more enjoyable and teeth will stay firmly in place, making it easier to socialize with confidence. For people who lost teeth many years ago, replacing them with implant-supported teeth can also help rejuvenate their appearance, as the dimensions between their upper and lower jaws have often been diminished by bone loss. Restoring the correct dimensions provides adequate support for the cheeks and lips, helping to fill in fine lines and wrinkles.

Starting in the treatment process

If you are missing teeth or are facing tooth loss, you will initially need a consultation with a good dental implant dentist. During this first consultation, a dentist will closely examine your mouth and want to know your medical history to determine if dental implants will be helpful to you. In general, dental implants can be used to treat most cases of tooth loss, but there are times when an alternative solution may be preferable. A really good dentist will carry out a very careful evaluation and will only recommend an implant treatment if they consider it suitable for you. If you decide to continue, your dentist will need to take x-rays and a CT scan, and we may want to take photographs and possibly dental impressions to plan initial treatment. This may seem like a lot, but when it comes time for actual surgery, it is important that your dentist knows exactly where to insert dental implants for optimal results and this ensures that treatment is faster and more comfortable for you.

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