When people have lost one or more teeth due to an accident, gum disease or another illness, it can cause complications beyond just causing them to be embarrassed to smile. Missing teeth can also make it difficult to speak clearly, causing frustrating difficulties in being understood. Not being able to properly chew or swallow food is another issue. Fortunately, dental implants are a solution that can address all of these problems.
The Popularity of Dental Implants
Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred method of replacing missing teeth for both dentists and patients. One reason is they look much more natural than dentures and are far more attractive than a mouth full of missing teeth. The functionality of dental implants is also superior to traditional dentures.
How Dental Implants are Installed
When a patient and dentist have decided that a dental implant is the best option for replacing missing teeth, the first thing that will be done is the dentist will take an impression of the patient’s mouth by X-ray. This will provide the dentist with detailed information on where the implant needs to be put in.
A dental implant is made of a titanium post that is used to create the root of the missing tooth by fusing the patient’s jaw bone. After the root of the patient’s new tooth is firmly established, the dentist will then place the artificially created tooth on top of it. This will generally take at least two dental visits to complete.
Results of Dental Surgery
When the dental implant is permanently in place, the patient should notice an immediate improvement in the clarity of his or he speech as well as the ability to chew food to desired consistency. Of course, the patient’s smile will be greatly improved as well and he or she will probably be unable to keep from smiling.