Dental implants can improve your appearance and your oral health. Here’s what you should know about how they work.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are designed to replace a missing tooth at the root. Usually, a titanium implant or one made of another metal is screwed into the jawbone to take the place of the root. Then after the implant has taken hold, it will be topped off with a porcelain or enamel crown to replace the top part of the missing tooth and create a natural looking smile.
What is the procedure like?
Dental implants do require oral surgery, but you will be given anesthesia to prevent pain and discomfort during the procedure. The implant is screwed into the jawbone to take the place of the root and then after it is has taken a secure hold, a crown will be attached to the implant. There may be some swelling and discomfort as your mouth heals, but it should subside relatively quickly.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are many benefits of dental implants. Some of these benefits include:
- Dental implants can restore the appearance of your smile, which can make you look better and feel more confident.
- Dental implants can restore function to your smile, which makes it easier to speak, eat, and drink.
- Dental implants are permanent, unlike alternative treatments like dentures. They wont slip or move around and you don’t have to take them out at night.
- Dental implants give the jawbone something to support. Without something to support, the jawbone may weaken and deteriorate over time. Implants help your jawbone stay healthy.
How long do they last?
If you take good care of your teeth, dental implants can last for years, and maybe even a lifetime. Normal oral hygiene habits can keep the implant healthy. Floss and brush daily, eat healthy foods, use mouthwash to kill bacteria, and visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and other treatments that can restore your smile, schedule an appointment at O’Brien Dental Care.