According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, over half of U.S. adults over the age of 50 agree that a smile is the main feature that remains the most attractive as people age. When someone has a poor smile or missing teeth, they can experience social anxiety or lowered self-esteem. Fortunately, today’s dentists have the ability to help those who are not happy with their smile. One of the most common ways a smile can be improved is by replacing missing or damaged teeth with dental implants. This article is going to provide an overview of the dental implant process.
To start the implant process, a family dentist will evaluate the patient’s current dental situation. This initial evaluation will allow them to determine if the patient is a good candidate for dental implants. During this consultation, the dentist will provide a detailed surgical guide for the patient and will answer any questions or concerns they have regarding the process.
When the decision to get dental implants is made, the next step is removing the current tooth. In the event the patient has a damaged or diseased tooth, this tooth must be extracted before the new tooth can be put in. After the extraction, the area must be given proper time to heal. The extent of the extraction will depend on the individual situation, but generally, it’s a fairly simple procedure.
After the extraction site has healed, it’s time to insert the implant. In order for an implant to be successful, the patient must have strong jaw bone and healthy gums surrounding the implant site. To actually insert the implant, the patient’s gums are cut open to expose the jawbone. Then, the implant is screwed into the jaw bone and the gums are stitched together over the implant. Again, there is a healing process after this surgical procedure.
Once the surgical area is healed, it’s time to attach the crown to the implant. This crown will serve as the patient’s new tooth. This part of the process is less invasive than the initial surgeries. Some dentists place the crown at the same time as the implant, but it’s up to the individual dentists to determine what the best option is for the individual patient.
The process of getting dental implants is not quick. With the extraction site needing to heal between each part of the procedure, patients usually spend months going through the dental implant process. However, the patient’s overall dental health, the number of teeth that are being replaced, and necessary extraction are all factors that impact the length of the dental implant process.
While the process may seem long, it has a huge payoff. Dental implants can relieve discomfort from damaged or diseased teeth and provide a boost in confidence. If you’re missing teeth or are experiencing discomfort from damaged teeth, talk to your dentist to see if you’d be a good candidate for dental implants.