A dental implant is a functional element that interfaces between the gums or bone of your mouth and the remaining tissue in the jaw to serve as an anchor, denture or supporting a dental device such as a denture. This element allows you to bite and chew better than before and also to have the same sensation of chewing food, which is usually missing due to a broken bone. It is inserted into the jawbone through an incision made under the gum line so that it lies in line with your other teeth.
The jaw bone that you will be using to insert the implant will also be surgically broken to provide the correct length. The size of the tooth that will be used as the implant will be selected based on the size and shape of your jawbone and the size of your implant. If the bone around the implant is too big, then the tooth may not be used to provide support.
Before a dental implant can be used in the jaw, your dental dentist will assess the condition of your jawbone. If the problem is minor, then you will be prescribed an adhesive that will hold the implant in place until the gums heal. Once healed, your dentist will reshape the bone for support so that it will align properly with the implants.
Your dentist will explain to you the risks and benefits of a dental implant, including the cost and the complications that could occur. Your dentist will discuss the importance of maintaining healthy gums, the potential complications that could occur, and the procedure itself.
The procedure itself is relatively simple and takes only a few minutes and involves taking a suture across the gum tissue to attach the dental implant to the jawbone. Most people who have had this procedure have no pain or scarring associated with their procedure and have reported that the healing process was quick and easy.
If you are considering having a dental implant, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. You should have your mouth examined by a board certified cosmetic dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
There is always the chance that something could go wrong during your dental implant procedure and you might require more cosmetic dentistry procedures than you originally had planned. It is important that you keep this possibility in mind and seek advice from your cosmetic dentist at every step of the way so that you can make informed decisions about what to expect.
A dental implant is the perfect solution if you are missing a portion of your teeth. It is a very safe procedure and will help to repair your jawbone while giving you the ability to eat and chew food without pain. The process of implanting the implant into your jawbone will be one that you will never forget and the end result will be you smiling proudly again!