Annual Women’s Health Section
Dental implants have become the new standard in tooth replacement. They can not only restore confidence in your smile, but also prevent bone loss in the jaw.
By Lucy Morris
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that creates a base for a replacement tooth. The implant fixture is usually made of medical-grade titanium, and over time, it fuses with the existing bone cells in your jaw, creating a sturdy, permanent support for your new tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full mouth.
The Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement
Dental implants have a lot of benefits that you won’t find in dentures, bridges, or crowns. They are a permanent solution that’s designed to look and function like natural teeth. Unlike other options, dental implants don’t need to be replaced, thanks to the fact that they are fused to the jawbone, whereas bridges and dentures are secured to the adjacent teeth or gums. Dental implants also don’t need to be adjusted over time, and they can aid in preserving adjacent teeth as well as bone mass in your jaw.
Why You Might Be A Good Candidate
Dental implants can be a good solution for women suffering from a loss of confidence in their smile or a loss of function in their teeth. Tooth loss can occur due to trauma, decay, or gum disease, and the loss of a tooth can often affect your adjacent teeth, causing shifting or increased wear as a result. Missing teeth can also lead to low self-esteem about your appearance. The goal of a dental implant procedure is to permanently restore function to your teeth, preserve the health of your remaining teeth and your jaw, and improve your confidence in your smile.
What to Expect from the Implant Procedure
The procedure for the removal of a failing tooth and the placement of an implant can be done under either local anesthesia or full sedation, depending on your own preference for comfort. This procedure can often be done on the same day as your evaluation. Once you have healed from the implant procedure, which typically takes a few months, your dentist can complete the final phase of the process and secure your permanent crown to the implant. Thanks to recent advancements in technology, scans can be done to expedite this process instead of physical impressions, which ensures a higher level of comfort for the patient. HS