Missing teeth cause more than cosmetic discomfort; they can slowly deplete the overall health of your mouth. The teeth play a dynamic role in keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. The bone declines over time in missing teeth areas resulting in a weak jaw and a sunken appearance. At Midtown Dental Clinic, we offer dental implants to restore your smile aesthetics and preserve the stability of your jawbone.
Why Should You Choose Dental Implants?
Patients with missing teeth may experience the following conditions:
- Social embarrassment
- Chewing or speaking impairment
- Diet restrictions due to decreased teeth functionality.
- Collapsed facial appearance with sunken look and wrinkles
- Slow misalignment of the teeth
- Adverse movement of adjacent teeth
What Is the Process for a Dental implant?
Dental implants are positioned surgically through a multi-step process to ensure the implants' durability and natural appearance. Local anesthesia is utilized during the procedure to ease pain and enhance patient comfort. The exact treatment duration may vary depending on the amount of correction required.
The first step is the surgical placement of the titanium implants into the jawbone. A temporary casing is fabricated to ensure your smile's aesthetics while the jawbone fuses itself to the titanium screw. This process may take about three to six months and is called osseointegration.
The next step begins after the implants are grafted with the bone — tailor-made abutments are made and fixed to the implants, protruding through the gums. A provisional crown tooth is attached over the abutment to help maintain your smile while the permanent dental crown is fabricated in the laboratory. The gums will require a couple of weeks to heal before the final crown can be placed.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The ability to chew and speak will be improved. The removable dentures can fall off when you are speaking or eating. But with dental implants, your prosthetic teeth gain more stability.
The implants are usually created from titanium or zirconium, which are known to be durable. Thus, with proper and efficient care, the implants can last for years.
Other tooth replacement solutions, like dental bridges, need a reduction in the size of the adjacent teeth to secure the appliance. By contrast, dental implants don't affect the adjacent teeth as they are directly placed into the gap left by the missing tooth.
As dental implants are intended to graft with bone, they become permanent. You won’t have to deal with removing dentures every night, as well as the need for putting messy adhesives to keep them in place.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call Midtown Dental Clinic in Richland, WA, Suite 199352 at (509) 946-1678 and schedule an appointment.