Are dental implants right for you?
It is quite common for most of our patients who suffer from the loss of a secondary, adult tooth to seek some type of tooth replacement option. Such options include bridges, partials, dentures or dental implants. There are pros and cons to every tooth replacement method. Today, in order to better assist our patients in understanding their options so that they may make informed choices, our discussion turns to dental implants for tooth loss:
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a replacement, artificial tooth that is attached to the bone in your jaw with two small titanium rods. The procedure takes place over the course of several months in two phases.
The first rod acts as a new root for your implanted tooth and is surgically inserted into the jaw bone in your empty socket. As your jaw bone heals from this surgery, it will grow around and attach itself to this rod, which will then secure the new tooth to your bone. After this three- to six-month healing process has occurred, your dentist will then take a series of molds, which he will use to have a new tooth created for you. This new tooth will have the same appearance as your existing teeth; it will also feel and function like a regular tooth.
To attach the new tooth to the titanium rod, your dentist will use a second, small titanium rod as a connecting element. These three pieces combined – the two rods and the replacement tooth – make up your dental implant.
How will it feel?
A dental implant works just like a regular tooth. Implants are a great remedy for tooth loss, because unlike other options, an implant will not click or slip, and a person with an implant will be able to bite with the same force as if he still had all of his original teeth.
How implants help prevent other issues
When a secondary tooth is lost, the bone underneath the empty socket may begin to erode away over time. At the same time, your remaining teeth may shift to fill the empty space, resulting in bite misalignment.
Other than the obvious visual and functional benefits of the replacement tooth, a dental implant can hold the surrounding teeth in place, while helping to maintain a healthy jaw bone structure that contributes to overall good oral health.
To find out if a dental implant is the right tooth replacement option for you, contact us today at our Centennial, Colorado dental office.