Losing your teeth can be a traumatic experience! From hearing the news that your teeth can’t be saved to undergoing the extraction procedure, losing teeth isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. Not to mention all of the consequences that missing teeth has on your quality of life, like feeling self-conscious about your smile and missing out on your favorite foods. The entire experience is hard enough without the dilemma of choosing a replacement option. If you’re trying to decide between a bridge, full or partial dentures or implants, an implant dentist discusses why dental implants in Rocky River are your best bet for treatment.
Why Are Implants the Best Choice?
The main reason that implants are such an excellent choice for replacing your missing teeth is that they replace both the root and tooth. This is a crucial difference over bridges and dentures and is the reason that implants are so superior.
Here are just some of the advantages you’ll experience with implants over other options:
- Implants look and feel like your natural teeth.
- They can last a lifetime with basic hygiene and maintenance.
- An implant offers unmatched support and chewing ability.
- Implants maintain the bone levels of your jaw so that your facial structure and appearance aren’t affected.
Also, while implants are ideal for a single missing tooth, they can also be used if several teeth in a row or even all of your teeth are gone. In these cases, several implants can be placed to make a denture or bridge that is much more stable and solid than it would otherwise be.
For example, if you have four missing teeth, two implants can be placed – one on each end – to support a bridge over the middle two teeth. The end result would be two implants providing very solid, stable replacement for four teeth in total.
What Is the Implant Procedure Like?
Having dental implants requires two main steps: First, a surgical-grade titanium post is placed in the jaw. This is much easier and more comfortable than people expect!
After this small surgery, the post is given time to heal and fuse with the jawbone. This takes anywhere from 3-6 months, during which you can eat, drink and function normally. In fact, you won’t feel anything out of the ordinary during this time.
The second step is where the crown, or replacement tooth, is attached to the implant. This is a lot like a regular crown procedure, where impressions are taken so that your implant crown will be precisely matched to rest of your teeth, and then securely attached to your new implant post.
As for maintenance, implants require regular brushing and flossing, as well as consistent checkups, the way that the rest of your teeth do. But by taking these simple steps you can have a lifetime solution to missing teeth!
If you’d like to know if you’re a candidate for this procedure, it’s easy to schedule a consultation where your dentist can do a thorough evaluation and answer any questions you may have.
About the Author
Dr. William L. Eick has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and has pursued advanced coursework in cosmetic dentistry, laser techniques and implant procedures. He believes that educating his patients on the dental implant process empowers them to make an informed decision about their oral health and achieve the results they’re after. He can be contacted for questions through his website, or at (440) 333-1915.