It is said that an impression is made within the few seconds of meeting a person and invariably a person with a beautiful smile is sure to make a good impression. It is possible that your teeth may get damaged due to an accident, decay or with continuous usage. In case you lose your teeth, there are many options available to get them fixed.
For replacing a broken tooth, dentures were considered the best option until some time back. With advancements in dental care methods, dental implants have taken the place as the preferred method for fixing a missing tooth. Dental implants give a more natural look and feel to the tooth thereby giving a person a boost in their self-confidence.
Basically, dental implants are non-natural titanium screws that are fitted inside the jaw over which an artificial cap is seated. The artificial screw works as a root and holds the artificial cap. Both, individual dental implants as well as bridge implants are available in dentistry. Individual dental implants are made possible by the fact that individual teeth are not connected with each other and are placed in the jaw. For replacement with dentures, several dental implants are fixed into the jaw and then joined with artificial denture teeth.
Dental implants are not prescribed to everyone but most patients are good candidates for implant surgery. After taking the proper examination of the models and x-rays of the teeth, a dentist makes the decision of whether the patient should go for dental implants or not. Good oral health and healthy bone structure is needed to support a dental implant. Apart from this, the dentist may also ask some general health related questions and take note of all the medicines that you are prescribed to ascertain that you are a good candidate for implants.
A dental implant is done in three surgical procedures. All the procedures are done by giving a local anesthesia to the patient. During the first dental surgery, the dentist makes a small incision in the gum to uncover the jaw bone. A dental implant is placed and covered by stitching the gums back like original. After the procedure, an x-ray is taken to see that the proper placement of the implant is done.
After a few months, the jaw bone attaches itself to the implant. In the second surgical procedure, the dentist again makes a small incision in the gum to expose the dental implant. A protective screw is placed in the implant and the implant is ready to receive the restoration.
Although expensive, one should never opt for cheap, low quality dental implants as they not only waste your money, but also are a great threat to your health. Good quality dental implants more than make up for their cost by giving you a lifelong satisfaction along with a dazzling smile.
If you are considering your alternatives for tooth replacement, contact Prestige Oral Surgery for more information on dental implants. Call us today at 732-297-7000.