Losing a natural tooth can lead to several drawbacks, both in terms of oral functionality and aesthetics. The missing tooth would leave quite a displeasing gap in your smile and make you feel too conscious of your facial appearance. Also, biting and chewing food would seem more difficult than ever, as excessive stress would be applied to the adjoining teeth when you chew food. Hence, dentists recommend getting missing teeth replaced by prosthetic ones at the earliest to avoid all these drawbacks.
What are dental implants?
Implants are the go-to solution for restoring a missing tooth. They are metal restorations placed directly in the jawbone in place of the missing tooth, which acts as the tooth root. They have screw-like grooves on their surface that help to hold the prosthetic tooth firmly in position. The visible tooth is replaced by a prosthetic crown made from dental-grade ceramic material, which can be customized to a large extent to match the exact aesthetics of the natural teeth. Together, they replace a missing tooth fully and also improve jawbone health.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Dental implants are highly durable, as they are made from titanium and dental-grade ceramic
- They restore both oral aesthetics and functionality
- They improve jawbone health by holding it firmly and preventing its deterioration
- They offer an excellent success rate as the dentist would conduct a thorough screening process before determining your candidacy for them
- They are long-lasting, provided you care for them well
- They can be customized in terms of color, texture, and contour, making them almost impossible to distinguish from the adjoining natural teeth.
What is the procedure involved?
The dentist will conduct a detailed screening process to understand your candidacy for implants. Oral scans and x-rays taken will help get a better view of the jawbone, adjoining teeth, and oral tissues. Also, the dentist will diagnose your overall state of health. Based on the observations, the dentist will decide your candidacy.
During the initial surgery, we will numb the oral tissues by administering local anesthesia. A small hole will be made in the jawbone using high-precision dental instruments, and the dentist meticulously places the implant in position. Dental cement will be used to secure it in place, after which a suitable healing period will be suggested. After completing it, we will schedule the second surgery to place the abutment.
The abutment is the connecting element between the implant stud and the ceramic crown. It allows the dentist to attach the crown to the implant. Placing the crown would require multiple consultations, as the dentist may have to make subtle changes to its contour to offer the perfect fit. Finally, a bite test will be taken to ensure your optimal bite, and the crown will be polished to give you the perfect prosthetic tooth.
Please schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gyampo, by calling us at (919) 682-4861 or reaching us through an online query, and we'll be happy to guide you further.