As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, this is particularly true when it comes to ensuring the long-term health of your teeth, gums, and mouth.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental prosthesis.
For people who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, modern dentistry offers a number of natural-looking and highly effective solutions for replacement. However, none of these solutions comes as close to replicating the look, feel, and stability of natural teeth asdental implants. This is because dental implants replace not only the visible portion of the tooth, but also the supporting structures that lie beneath the gum line. The results are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth and can last, with proper maintenance, for decades, if not a lifetime.
Dental implants serve as a replacement for the original tooth root (made usually of titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a specialist - Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone or an Oral Surgeon. The teeth attached to implants by your dentist - Dr. Georgescu - are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for a period of three to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” or “abutment” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time at the first visit.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post/ abutment portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.