If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental implant is typically your best option for an effective, long-term replacement. Dental implants are strong, sturdy, and can be basically indistinguishable from your other natural teeth. But if you haven’t looked into how dental implants are placed, whether you’re a good candidate for them or not, or even what a dental implant is, you probably have some questions.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth, which includes an artificial root embedded in the jawbone. A replacement tooth is created out of various materials and then attached permanently or temporarily to the artificial root, matching the surrounding natural teeth.
The artificial root is typically made from titanium, while the replacement tooth, or crown, is usually made from a ceramic material.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are typically used to replace one or more missing teeth. The patient is placed under sedation, a small incision is made by an oral surgeon in the gum, and a small hole is then drilled into the jawbone. The root is then embedded in the jaw, and the incision is stitched shut.
Over the course of six to 12 weeks, the implant fuses to the natural bone, creating a permanent structure; once this is achieved, the dental crown is secured to the implant.
Why Dental Implants are Ideal for Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants come with a variety of benefits, and are recommended in most cases for replacing a missing tooth. A dental implant requires minimal maintenance beyond your normal oral hygiene routine, and your dentist can inspect them during your regular checkup and cleaning.
Along with being strong and permanent, dental implants do not typically require shaping or modification of adjacent teeth, which can be a necessity with other replacements like bridges. The replacement tooth also fits comfortably and naturally, and is virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Dental implants can also improve your confidence and quality of life by helping with your speech (ill-fitting dentures can cause you to mumble or whistle), eat without slipping, and provide a pleasant appearance.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
While dental implants are highly effective, not everyone is a good candidate for receiving an implant. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you are healthy enough for a routine tooth extraction or general oral surgery procedure, then you can be a candidate for a dental implant.
However, some conditions make dental implants impractical, or inadvisable. Those who are pregnant, dealing with a chronic disease or illness, are heavy tobacco users, have exceptionally poor oral hygiene, or are subject to other special medical conditions may not be able to receive a dental implant. Speaking with your dentist is the best way to find out.
Contact Herrick Dental for a Consultation Today!
Our professionals at Herrick Dental are excited to help you learn more about dental implants, and plan your course of treatment. To get started with a preliminary examination and consultation, you can learn more and schedule an appointment on our website, or by calling us at 614-891-0440.« Back to blog