Dental implants have been the first choice to replace missing natural teeth for many years now. They are placed directly in the jawbone in place of the extracted teeth, making them the closest alternative for natural teeth. They provide various advantages over their alternatives, like dental bridges or dentures, making them highly sought-after in the world of dentistry.
What are the Drawbacks of Missing Teeth?
- Missing teeth can lead to hindered oral functionality.
- They upset the aesthetics of the smile and can lead to frequent embarrassment when you smile or talk.
- The gap left by missing teeth allows the adjoining teeth to drift from their orthodontically right positions.
- When a natural tooth is extracted, it can lead to jawbone deterioration. This can lead to loosening of the teeth and further tooth loss.
What Makes Dental Implants Highly Preferred?
- Since dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone, they offer excellent stability. This keeps them from getting displaced when you bite or chew food, brush the teeth, etc.
- Implant studs have screw-like groves on their surface, which allows them to hold the jawbone intact and prevent its deterioration.
- The crown attached to the implant stud can be customized to a large extent to make it indistinguishable from the adjoining natural teeth.
- Implants are long-lasting. With optimum care and avoiding unhealthy oral habits like biting hard objects, opening bottle caps or tearing open plastic bags with the teeth, etc., they can last for over 15 to 20 years.
- Implants allow you to bite and chew food effectively, thereby helping with digestion.
How is an Implant Placed?
When you visit Laveen Dental for the initial consultation, our team of dental experts will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the mouth to understand your candidacy for implants. We will take x-rays and oral scans of the mouth to get a better view of the teeth and underlying jawbone. We will also look into factors such as jawbone volume and size, state of oral health and overall health, spacing available for placing the implant, etc. The data from the scans will be used to create a digital impression, which is used as a reference for fabricating the restoration.
During the initial surgery, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the oral tissues. A small hole will be made in the jawbone in the missing tooth’s place, where the implant stud will be inserted. It will be secured firmly using dental adhesives, and a suitable healing period is suggested. After the wound heals and the bone fuses with the implant, we will schedule a second surgery to place the crown on it. We use dental adhesives and a connecting abutment for this purpose. A bite test will be taken, and the implant crown is polished.
We request you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (602) 237-7878 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.