Never ignore a missing tooth; if you do, your other teeth might be misaligned as your gum muscles try to fill the empty space by restructuring your facial framework. This may also lead to your face having a sunken look. So, that’s one of the major reasons why you shouldn’t ignore a missing tooth. But what should you do? Well, the answer is very simple- dental implants, and over the years they have become very popular. In this blog post, we will discuss how a dental implant can successfully help a person with a missing tooth. Not only do these implants restore a natural smile, but also boost the confidence of anyone who is very self-conscious about themselves and always have to hide their smile due to the loss of a tooth or several teeth.
The process of restoring your beautiful smile
In modern dental facilities, a dental implant procedure generally takes a couple of sittings to be completed. However, this does vary from client to client and can take more time if bone grafting is needed. Why bone grafting? Well, this generally takes place when your jawbone isn’t thick enough to support the implant. Hence, a natural or a synthetic bone graft would be placed in your jaw and then you will have to wait for the bone to re-grow, this is the time-consuming part of the process.
After the bone graft is set, a dental implant is set in on the bone. This implant will act as a root to the artificial tooth that would be placed there later in the process. Then again comes the waiting period for the bone to re-grow. In the meantime, a temporary denture would be fitted in the spot.
Once the bone has grown back and the dental implant is set in, a part called the abutment is placed on the dental implant post. On top of this, your natural-looking artificial tooth is placed and Voila, the process is completed and then once you look at the mirror again, you will see your old smile with a fresh and bright look.
Some reasons why dental implants are so popular
- With proper maintenance, dental implants can be long-lasting and durable
- As dental implants are anchored to your jawbone like natural teeth they help you in chewing food and speak more clearly
- Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework. Additionally, they preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height. In doing so, they can help restore your jawbone structure
Most importantly, dental implants give back that bright smile that you’ve been missing for such a long time.