How To Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants!
A great way to replace broken, chipped, or decayed teeth is through dental implant technology. An implant option looks, functions, and operates like a regular tooth and is a permanent procedure that has long lasting results in improving your overall dental health. The benefits of this treatment are not just cosmetic or functional in nature, implants also help preserve the bone and health of all the surrounding teeth. In Rochester Hills, MI, implant dentistry is performed by Dr. David M. Juliani, DDS, with optimum results.
Whatever the cause of a missing tooth, losing them can be scary and frustrating for a patient. It can affect your smile, confidence, and can also cause pain inside your mouth. There are several reasons why you may need a tooth replacement option:
- gum disease
if you want a natural looking, safe and long lasting result, then this procedure will suit you well. An implanted tooth is a much like your original natural tooth- right down to the root connection. Implants will feel and look like the tooth you once had and it will naturally adjust to the gum tissue in your mouth, allowing the prosthetic tooth to blend in and match your regular teeth.
The Benefits of Tooth Replacement
- Smile Improvement – Your new tooth can improve your smile and gum health
- Confidence – You no longer have to worry about not having a tooth in place. Your smile, bite, and bone should look normal and healthy again
- Improved Oral Health – Having an implant in place to replace a lost tooth can add to your gum health. The new implant allows the overall area to be brushed, flossed, and it provides support to other teeth
- Eating and Talking – You can now eat and talk normally with all your teeth in their proper place
Who Qualifies for Tooth Replacement?
The best candidates for implant dentistry are those that have healthy bone and support in the gum area of the mouth. Having the right support is crucial to providing an environment that will make the procedure a success. The first step is to meet with Dr. David Juliani and get a full examination and consultation. He will also review your full medical and dental history.
The procedure is fairly straightforward and not too complicated, but it will require patience. The new prosthetic tooth is connected to an implant- a titanium root that will replace the original root inside the gum. The new root will be placed into the gum and over time it will fuse with the gum tissue to create a solid, natural, and supportive area for the new tooth. Once it fuses, a piece called an “abutment” will be placed on top of the implant. The last step is to attach the new prosthetic tooth to the abutment to fill in the space where your natural tooth once resided.
All steps leading up to the exam will be catered to your needs and schedule. Below are the basic steps of implant dentistry.
The basic steps include:
1. Numbing the area with a local anesthetic to alleviate any discomfort during the procedure.
2. The new tooth root made of titanium will be positioned into the bone socket to replace the old root and prepare the area for the new tooth.
3. Once the tooth root has adapted and all support for the gums, root and area is ready, the abutment is placed on the root. The abutment will be the attachment site for your crown.
4. Your customized crown will be created with CEREC Technology to match the old tooth. This restoration will be attached to the abutment and will provide you with a brand new functioning tooth.
You should experience little to mild discomfort following the procedure. You can take pain relievers like Tylenol to remedy any small amounts of pain. Normal life and activities are resumed fairly quickly with little interruption. The great benefit of dental implants is that they should last you a lifetime if well cared for with a routine maintenance plan in place.