Dental Implants In-Depth
Many of us remember losing our first tooth. You put it under your pillow before bed, and the next morning there was a shiny quarter instead. Initially, there was a lot of excitement involved, but then as we get older, most people start to lose interest, especially since eventually you stop receiving cash for them. That does not make them any less important, though, and if you discover you have lost a tooth, it is a good idea to let us here at Blue Summit Dental Group know as quickly as possible! The sooner we know about it, the sooner we can get to work on fixing it.
What Are Dental Implants Used For?
It may seem like it is not a big deal to lose a tooth, especially if it is one of the ones in the back or has no effect on how you speak or eat. Generally, most people will pack a little gauze in the socket, and once the bleeding stops, that is the last they will think of it. The cells in your body, however, are responsible for the optimal upkeep of your body and when you are missing a tooth, your cells will stop sending the message to regenerate the socket because there is no reason to restore something that is no longer there. In time, your jawbone will begin to recede, which can compromise the strength of the bone that supports your other teeth.
A dental implant is often used to refill the hole left behind once the original tooth is no longer there. This can prevent the bone and tissue in the area from further degeneration. There are two primary types of dental implants available. The endosteal is the most commonly used of the two. This is when an implant rod is placed directly into your jaw. The other type is known as a subperiosteal. The implant is placed under the gum, but not in the jawbone. This process is usually reserved for those who do not have enough jawbone available to hold an implant.
There are ways to rebuild the bone tissue so that there is a sturdy foundation for your implants. If it is decided that your tissue has receded too much to hold one, then you may choose to undergo a bone graft. There are many types of materials available for transplanting, which can include human, animal, and synthetic. Also, your cells can be used and are often harvested from a bony area such as your chin.
Why You Should Consider Dental Implants
More often than not, missing teeth are ignored. Before long, the integrity of the surrounding teeth can reach such a level of deterioration that you may think the best option for you may be just to pull them all out and get some dentures to save yourself the hassle. What you may not know is, as soon as we know about your missing tooth, we can start to work rebuilding your jaw structure. Even if you have already been wearing partials for a long time, there is still a chance to rebuild your smile and work with the teeth you already have!
The rods that are used to secure an implant are usually made out of titanium. This is because it was discovered that when titanium is inserted into your bone tissue, through a process called osseointegration, it can fuse! If you know anybody who has ever had a hip replaced and a titanium pin was used, that is because this metal is becoming quite well-known regarding how durable, reliable, and permanent a titanium replacement can be. When a titanium rod is used to replace your root, which was the part that held your tooth in your jaw, it can become just as strong as the original root.
Once your root has fully integrated with the bone, which usually only takes a few months, then an abutment is attached. This is the connector that will secure your new root to a brand new, custom-designed crown that can look and feel completely natural. When the treatment is complete, you will not have to deal with the inconvenience of removable pieces or clicking plates. With many dentures and bridges, as your jawbone degenerates, you may need them refitted every five years or so. With basic dental care, such as brushing, flossing, and regular checkups, your dental implant can become a permanent replacement for lost teeth.
Advancements in Dentistry
Many people fear dental visits and will put off going for as long as they can. With close to forty million Americans missing all of their teeth, it may help to know how much dentistry has changed recently. With the incredible advances that have come about from digital imagery and computer technology, x-rays now take much less time, and the images can be seen almost immediately. Being able to discuss what you see as you see it to plan your ideal treatment can be a very important factor not only in ensuring an accurate placement of your dental implants but also in allowing you to become a valuable part of your procedure. Some find that being an active part of the process goes a lot way towards relieving much of their anxiety.
There are also effective pain management methods available, such as local anesthesia or IV sedation. Many people are concerned about how much it may hurt after the anesthesia wears off. It varies, depending on your personal level of tolerance, but if you are the sort of person who would prefer to pop a couple of Advil or Tylenol and be on your way, then it is good to know that dental implants respond very well to over-the-counter medication. Most people can return to work as early as the next day and continue life as usual. You may be on a soft-food diet for a few weeks at first, but that is to ensure your tissues can have plenty of time to heal.
Dental implants can be a life-changer. Many of us pride ourselves on our smile and losing a tooth can do a lot of damage to our self-esteem and confidence. If you feel like dental implants might be something you are interested in, please call us here at Blue Summit Dental Group at (810) 658-9177 to schedule a consultation.