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How Dental Implants Can Replace Missing Teeth
Many patients who have multiple missing teeth are choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement solutions due to the benefits they offer. It is helpful to know how the treatment process works when deciding whether it is right for you.
An overview of dental implants
Many general dentists recommend dental implants due to their long-term cosmetic and health benefits. The following is an overview of dental implants particularly as it pertains to replacing multiple missing or severely damaged teeth.
Dental implants defined
Dental implants are small posts that are placed into or on the jaw and serve as the root of replacement teeth. When replacing multiple missing teeth, it typically involves placing multiple implants and attaching either a dental bridge or dentures, depending on the number of missing teeth. Many consider them to be the closest one can get to replacing natural teeth after tooth loss, and they can last for more than 25 years with proper care.
How the dental implant process works
Although it may initially sound as if the process for dental implants is invasive, it is actually rather simple. The first step is to schedule a consultation with a general dentist who offers implant treatment, and they can determine if any preparations are necessary before the placement procedure (i.e. bone grafting). Once the mouth is ready, a placement procedure is scheduled, which involves minor surgery in which the general dentist places the implants into or on the jaw. Once the mouth heals after several weeks, the abutment and dental bridge or denture are attached to complete the restoration process.
When to consider dental implants
Dental implants are a great option for replacing a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Anyone who is not happy with their smile due to missing teeth, or if the missing teeth cause oral health or functional concerns, then the individual should consider how dental implants can benefit them. Additionally, dental implants are a more invasive procedure, so the patient should be willing and able to undergo a minor surgical procedure for the placement of the implant. However, those who are in good health and want a long-term solution to tooth loss, implants are often preferable.
How to care for your new teeth
For the most part, patients can care for their new set of teeth the same way that they would their natural teeth. Their daily routine should include brushing several times each day, flossing and using mouthwash. The patient should also make sure to visit the general dentist regularly and follow all post-procedure instructions after the placement process. If any issues develop, it is encouraged to visit the general dentist as soon as possible.
Talk to a general dentist about dental implants
Whether you are missing a single tooth, a section of teeth or an entire row of missing teeth and want to learn more about the benefits of dental implants, get in touch with us today for more information and to schedule a time to come in for your first visit.
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