Info on Dental Implants

A Better Smile Is Within Your Grasp

There have been a lot of salesmen talking about dental implants over the past few years. This creates an unfortunate problem with misinformation. Dental implants are incredibly useful, but only if you need them.

Dental Implants and Roots

Tooth replacement and dental implants serve the same function but in different ways. An implant, as you might presume, connects directly to the jaw. It’s not the same kind of bone connection between the original tooth and jaw bone, but it still keeps the implant stable and functional. This implant also helps stymie the spread of bone loss. Without the original root, the jaw would deteriorate and cause rot. Surgical grade titanium has been used to limit bone loss for years, and the process for implanting it into your jaw is quite similar.

What Happens After Tooth Loss?

In many cases, you may decide not to get a tooth replaced. After all, it may not be in a place people can see it. Or you may simply not feel it necessary for eating. However, your teeth are connected to your jaw bone. When you lose a tooth, you lose bits of the jaw bone, as well. When bits of the jaw bone is lost, that’s not the end of it. The bone will continue to degrade over time due to continued wear and tear. Wear and tear that would be mitigated if the structural integrity of the jawbone hadn’t been compromised. This is why you see “dips” in the gum where a tooth was when you see someone who has lost their teeth.

As if that wasn’t obnoxious enough, this bone deterioration can spread to other parts of the jaw. Even if you have other teeth in place, the bone could deteriorate in such a way as to cause your face to actually change shape. You could find it more difficult to work your jawbone and your facial muscles, and may even have a noticeable sag in your skin. And of course, it becomes difficult to chew, causing nutritional problems.

Rebuilding The Bone

When the original bone structure is lost, it doesn’t grow back. However, a skilled dental professional can often create an artificial structure that can serve the same purpose. It can help, but it can also be expensive. So you should go to the dentist as soon as possible, otherwise, you might have to pay a lot more!

Timeline

It takes time to replace a tooth, and this is especially true with a dental implant. The implant itself has to be inserted on its own. The bone and skin need time to heal around it in order to ensure the proper structural integrity. This generally heals in a few months.

Dental implants often require different specialists. Clinics will often have multiple specialists working there, so it’s possible you may be able to get each step performed at the same clinic.