Dental implants truly enhance your facial appearance by restoring your lost tooth. They are a combination of a metal implant stud and a ceramic tooth crown. Implants are placed directly in the jawbone, which gives them excellent stability and strength to withstand forces while biting and chewing food. Along with it, implants offer some exclusive features that make them the best replacement for natural teeth.
Why should missing teeth be replaced?
- If you lose a natural tooth, it will affect your oral functionality. You will not be able to bite and chew food as you always used to, and your phonetics would alter as well.
- The gap left in the jawbone allows the remaining teeth to drift from their orthodontically right positions.
- When a tooth is removed from the mouth, it can lead to gradual jawbone deterioration.
- Most importantly, you may face a lack of confidence when you socialize with people. People may also mock you for the missing tooth, which can lead to embarrassment.
Why are implants the best tooth restorations?
- The prosthetic tooth can be customized to match the adjoining teeth in terms of color and contour. Even if anyone takes a closer look at the implant, they will not be able to distinguish it.
- An implant consists of a solid ceramic crown that feels just like a real tooth in your mouth.
- Since the implant is inserted into the jawbone, it fills the gap completely and keeps the adjoining natural teeth in their ideal positions.
- The implant stud has grooves on its surface. These grooves help to hold the jawbone intact and prevent its deterioration.
- With optimum care, implants last for several years with negligible wear.
The dentist will conduct a few tests and take x-rays of your mouth to determine your candidacy for implants. Factors such as jawbone health, size, the overall state of health, presence of gum diseases, and spacing available for placing the implant are taken into consideration. Based on the observations made, the dentist will let you know whether you can benefit from implants or not.
We will administer local anesthesia before commencing the procedure to avoid pain and discomfort. A small hole will be made on the jawbone, and the implant stud will be inserted into it. Dental cement is used to fix it firmly, and a suitable healing period is recommended. During this, the jawbone will grow around the grooves of the implant, and the gums cover the implant.
During the next appointment, the ceramic crown will be placed on the implant and checked for fit and comfort. A connecting element called the abutment is placed on the implant, and the crown is attached to it. Dental adhesives are used to permanently fix the crown in place, after which a bite test will be conducted. The implant will be polished, and you will have a smile as good as any.
To have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Pyle, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (765) 288-6121, and we will be happy to help.