When it comes to replacing missing teeth, one of the best options is dental implants. They are false teeth that are actually fused to the jaw to replace teeth that have fallen out naturally, or had pulled out. They are a great option for many people, including those with a single missing tooth or those who have no natural teeth left. No matter how many teeth you need replaced to keep your mouth able to function like normal, dental implants can be the perfect answer.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are basically false teeth that are screwed into posts that are placed into your jawbone surgically. Once the posts heal up, you can place a single false tooth on top of it, or you can place a bridge of teeth on top of the post.
If you have full arches that need to be replaced, you can have a few implants across the whole arch placed, and have the arch fused to those posts. When you have full arches that need to be replaced with dental implants, you will need anywhere from four to six posts placed in order to hold the implant in place.
Having Dental Implants Put In
First, you will need to have the tooth, or teeth, pulled out and let the area heal up. From there, your oral surgeon at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of Houston will place the posts into your jaw. Those posts will then need time to heal and for the materials to bond and fuse with your jawbone.
After your dental implant surgery heals, you will have your false tooth, bridge, or full arch placed atop of those posts, making them secure and a permanent part of your smile. They can be removed by a dentist if necessary for adjustments, but they are not meant to come out in the same way dentures are. These dental implants should be cared for in the same fashion as your teeth need to be cared for, with regular daily brushing and flossing, and with regular checks by your dentist. This is especially important if you only have a few teeth that are replaced with dental implants, as debris that can cause tooth decay can burrow between your natural tooth and the implant and be difficult to get out.
The Benefits of Getting Dental Implants
.When you have dental implants put in, you will be able to have full functionality of your mouth restored. You will be able to eat the foods you always have, chew your foods normally, and speak without anyone being able to tell that you have an implant in place. You will also have a smile that you can be proud of and show off to the world. For those who choose dental implants over dentures, you can also smile and eat without the fears of your dentures slipping out of place.
Dental implants help to keep your jaw strong after a tooth goes missing as well. When you lose a tooth, that part of your jaw no longer has the pressure it once did from chewing, biting, and speaking. That means that the bone beneath it weakens over time, and can deteriorate. Getting dental implants keeps that part of your mouth strong and helps you remain healthier.
Show off the confidence of an amazing smile by getting dental implants to cover your missing teeth. You can live life like you want, without the conditions you would have to live with when wearing dentures. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of Houston, we can help you get dental implants put in and restore your quality of life in no time at all. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.