Dental implants not only improve the appearance of your smile; they will also enhance the overall quality of life. A well-functioning smile is essential for eating, talking, and other daily activities. When teeth are missing, that space needs to be filled in to maintain the shape and volume of an individual's face. Patients with missing teeth often have a worn, older appearance due to bone loss beneath the gums. Dental Implants offer a practical, lasting solution to ensure comfort and appearance.
Why Should Missing Teeth Need to Be Replaced?
Tooth loss may affect one's confidence as it changes an individual's facial appearance and mouth functioning. When one or more teeth are missing, it can start a chain effect that leads to other dental problems in the mouth. For instance, bone loss and gum recession at the site of the missing tooth can result in the adjacent teeth getting affected. This can cause the remaining teeth to drift and shift.
Once the teeth start to move, it can affect the patient's bite, making it hard to eat or talk. These bite issues can increase the stress on the remaining teeth and, in due course, lead to problems with the jaw joint.
Reasons on Why Patients Pick Dental Implants over Other Restoration Appliances
- An implant helps to protect the bone density and stability below the gums.
- They help maintain facial structure and appearance by preventing bone loss.
- They can prevent damage to the adjacent teeth.
- Implants offer a better fit and function than dentures.
- Mouth functions such as eating and communicating are improved.
Dental Implants: What to Expect
The dental implant treatment uses a prosthetic fixture made of titanium. It is surgically placed beneath the gum tissue. The implant is drilled into the bone to create a "virtual root" used as the foundation for a crown, bridge, or dentures.
This treatment needs several appointments for completion. After the dental implant is fixed in the jaw bone, four to six months are required to allow for the bone to fuse with the implant. Most patients feel minimal discomfort during this healing time.
After the healing period, the top section of the dental implant is exposed for the placement of the final restoration. A crown is used if a single tooth has to be replaced. Our dentist, Dr. Askari, might recommend using a bridge or dentures in case of multiple missing teeth. All restorations are custom-made to ensure a secure, cozy fit. This permanent restoration gives a natural appearance that functions like a normal tooth.
Call us at Rosemont Dental: (301) 663-1144 or Schedule an online appointment to know more about Dental Implants.