Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth while supporting your jawline. If you want dental implants, you may have questions about the procedure. We talk about dental implants, what to expect during the implant process, and how dental implants can revolutionize your smile. Without further ado, let’s jump into the topic at hand.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a form of tooth replacement that anchors to the natural jawbone. The anchor point of the implant inserts into the jawbone, where bone grows around the implant. This anchor provides a stable base for the crown, or fake tooth or teeth, to attach to. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or act as a foundation point for several teeth. There are dental implants that can replace a full set of teeth (bottom or upper teeth) with only two implants.
Dental implants are similar to dental crowns and bridges, using a composite resin, porcelain, metal amalgam, or other material to construct the replacement tooth or dental fixture. This fixture or tooth secures to the anchor and behaves exactly like your natural teeth. However, it cannot decay or get cavities like your natural teeth.
These implants are a great option for anyone looking to restore the look and feel of their smile without losing jawline definition. Dental implants may not be the best choice for anyone with bone density or jawline problems, as they require strong bone as an anchor point. However, they can revolutionize your smile if you’re a good fit for the dental implant procedure.
Dental Implant Procedure
Before getting a dental implant, your dentist will discuss your options. If you’re looking to replace a single tooth, there is a slightly different procedure than replacing several or a whole set of teeth. Your dentist won’t have to perform any extractions to replace a single, already missing tooth.
If you want to replace several or a full set of teeth, your dentist will perform the necessary extractions. Depending on the implant, you may need to heal from these extractions before your dentist can install the anchor point of the implant.
Once your dentist completes the required extractions, they will schedule your appointment for anchor placement. This procedure involves some level of sedation, whether general anesthesia, numbing agents, laughing gas, or more depending on the patient. Since the dentist drills into the jawbone, there is some soreness after the procedure, and you may need to avoid tough foods to give the implant time to heal.
If you get a full dental set or a single tooth replacement, you may leave the office with your new teeth. Sometimes, your replacement crown or denture set must be made outside the office. In that case, your dentist will call you back to install the implant and may give you a temporary crown or denture set to tide you over.