For those individuals who are suffering from gum disease and dealing with extensive tooth loss, dental implants can be a great artificial tooth solution. They can restore their oral cavity to a normal state by restoring functionality to their teeth and jaw. It will also return their smile.
Dental implants are a permanent restorative solution for anyone who has dealt with tooth loss. Once placed, dental implants can provide a great foundation for a whole host of dental appliances such as dental bridges, partials, and crowns. They look and feel natural when biting. Due to them being permanent, they can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth.
Many people have heard of dental implants but are unaware of what the placement procedure is. They are also unaware that, unlike dentures, dental implants do not require the patient to make any dietary changes. While some understand that implants are permanently embedded in the upper and lower jawbones, some do not. Any patient who has questions regarding dental implant placement should come into our office and see us at Alki Dental.
Dental Implant Components
Those patients who have had to deal with widespread decay and tooth loss typically have a great deal of concern over their condition. Dental implants are a great answer to not only resolve their concerns but to also restore their lost teeth. One big benefit of dental implants is that they can be colored and shaped to match the remaining teeth in the patient’s oral cavity.
Some patients might realize what an implant is and even some of the associated benefits, but few realize that dental implants are made up of three separate components. If asked most patients would guess implants are a single piece but that is not the case. The three components are the implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is the section that is drilled into the jawbone and provides the base for the abutment which is the second component. The last piece is the only section above the gum line and the only section visible.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
One of the drawbacks to implant placement is the need for multiple appointments. This generally takes a number of months. A thorough evaluation and assessment occur at the first appointment. This is when x-rays are taken, and a treatment plan is formulated. The plan will outline every step of the entire process and then measurements will be made. The artificial teeth are computer-designed and manufactured so they match the exact measurements of the patient’s mouth. They will fit securely into the patient’s mouth and will not require any reshaping or resizing because they are made to the specific measurements
For many patients, the idea of having artificial teeth placed to restore functionality can bring many questions. While it can take more than one appointment to complete, the results of dental implant placement surgery are undeniable. Why not come in today to find out if implants are the right solution for you. Give us a call at 206-791-2020 to schedule your appointment now so we can answer any questions you might have.