People in the Newark area all want to have a great smile. It’s no fun to have to avoid smiling for pictures because of embarrassment over how your teeth look. Some of these problems can be fixed by visiting a dentist to get dental implants.
Reasons for Implants
Dental implants are used to replace the roots of teeth that had to be removed for whatever reason. This could be because teeth got badly infected, cavities got too big to save the tooth or the tooth was knocked out somehow. These implants have a number of advantages over other methods for replacing missing teeth, such as bridges or dentures. In many cases, tooth restorations start with these implants, after which crowns are added to finish the restoration. Partial replacement teeth can also be made using a CEREC machine to quickly reproduce a natural looking ceramic tooth.
Understanding the Implant Process
First, a titanium implant is put into the socket where the missing tooth used to be. Within six to 12 weeks, this implant is usually firmly anchored into the jaw as new bone grows around the post. A connector post is attached, which can then be used to hold a crown to replace the original tooth. The dentist will take impressions of the teeth to use to make a model of all of the teeth that can be used to create the new tooth. People who have multiple missing teeth sometimes opt for a denture that can be removed instead of having a number of crowns added to their mouth. The entire process is relatively pain-free, as local anesthesia can numb the mouth, but the area around the new dental implant may be a little sore after the procedure. An over-the-counter pain medication is usually enough to relieve this minimal amount of pain.
Advantages of Dental Implants
With dentures, chewing and speech can be adversely affected if they don’t fit perfectly, and dentures can be uncomfortable. Some types of bridges can damage the teeth they’re supported by. By visiting a Newark, Oh dentist and getting dental implants instead helps solve these potential problems while being strong enough to keep your smile looking great for many years. They’re meant to bond with the bone underneath, making them a permanent solution to missing teeth. Because they’re made of ceramic, they look and feel like natural teeth and can be matched in color to those teeth so the “new” tooth isn’t noticeably different from the older teeth that surround it.
If you are looking for an improved smile you should give us a call. Dr. Jump is the dental implant specialist in Newark, Ohio.