One of the simplest pleasures in life is eating. It gives you an excuse to take a little break, and something to look forward to throughout the day. Of course, that might not be the case if you have missing teeth. They can make it difficult for you to eat, talk, and even affect your confidence. There are multiple procedures to help restore your missing teeth, but none of them are as thorough as dental implants in Tyler from Gentle Dental Care. They can help you look forward to meals again.
Why Should I Get Dental Implants?
Missing teeth can lead to a multitude of problems, and one of the most basic is that they make it difficult to eat. This leads many people to avoid essential foods like proteins and fibrous vegetables simply because they can’t chew them. Over time, this lack of nutrition can drastically effect your health and lead to a shorter life expectancy. Missing teeth can also cause tissue and bone loss that can affect how your jaw fits together. One of the most dependable ways to restore them and ensure your future health is with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have an advantage over other methods of replacing missing teeth because they can restore the entire tooth: root and crown. Other procedures only repair the tooth above the gum line, leaving you vulnerable to tissue loss and jaw atrophy.
Dental implants involve a new titanium root being surgically placed into your jaw. This not only provides a sturdy base for your new tooth, but can also prevent and even reverse the tissue recession common after tooth loss. It is able to do this because titanium is bio-compatible with the human body, meaning that once the root has been implanted, the body treats it like a natural root and sends nourishing blood to the surrounding area, revitalizing it.
Implants are usually topped with a high-quality porcelain crown to give you a tooth that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally strong. These two elements are held together by a metal connector called an abutment.
Dental implants are one of the most versatile ways you can replace your missing teeth, as they can replace a single tooth, support a bridge, and even anchor a set of dentures. Implant supported dentures actually have a better hold and allow a stronger bite force than traditional dentures. This means you can eat a wide variety of foods and not have to worry about embarrassing slippage.
Implants have a 98% success rate and are easy to maintain. All it takes is normal brushing and flossing to keep them looking great for decades.
What Is The Procedure Like?
Many dental practices advertise that they are able to complete the entire implant procedure themselves, both placement and restoration. The 98% success rate mentioned above isn’t due to those practices. It can be attributed to the specialist oral surgeons who are placing more dental implants every day. They have the specialized training and experience to complete the procedure while keeping your safety and success a top priority. This is why your implant dentist in Tyler, Dr. Keith Gerber, will always work with a local oral surgeon to place your dental implants.
The procedure to get dental implants involves 3 basic steps:
- Your new titanium root will be placed into your jawbone
- You will be given time to heal and allow the root to bond to your jaw
- Finally, Dr. Gerber will place the porcelain crown into your mouth
The first part of the procedure involves minor surgery, but this can usually be completed with local anesthesia and requires minimal healing time. The healing period is mostly to allow the root time to bond to your jaw. Once you have the crown, there will be very little sensation in the implant itself, but it will look and function just like a natural tooth.
How Can I Get Dental Implants?
If you want to be able to eat all of your favorite foods again, make an appointment with Gentle Dental Care today. If you want to feel good about your smile again, make an appointment today. Dental implants can do so much more than just restore your teeth, so we hope to see you soon.