For people who’re missing teeth, the best method for restoration is placing dental implants. It allows patients to smile with confidence again, to eat any of their favorite foods and to speak clearly. As you read on, you’ll learn what implants consist of and how they’re placed. Additionally, we’ll look at the difference between having them inserted and restored and why it’s important to work with a dentist who can successfully do both.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are surgically inserted titanium posts that are attached to the underlying jawbone and in doing so, act as the roots of your teeth. Over a three-to-six-month period, the implant will be allowed to fuse with your existing bone through a process called osseointegration. A protective cap will be placed over the implant during this time, so you can progress and heal successfully.
How the Restoration Process Works
After your implant has had time to fuse and form a sturdy foundation, the next step is the restoration process. The following measures will be taken:
- Abutment Placement – The protective cap will be removed, and an abutment will be placed that acts as a connector.
- Time to Heal – Following the placement of the abutment, it will take another one-to-two weeks to heal.
- Restoration Placement – After this brief healing phase, you’ll return to your dentist’s office to have either the crown, bridge or dentures affixed.
You’ll leave the office fully restored and ready to live life to the fullest!
The Value of a Versatile Dentist
Working with a dentist who is skilled and trained in performing both the placement of the implant and the restoration is a huge plus for patients. It saves time and lessens the chance of complications because you’re working with the same professional – one who’s already familiar with the nuances of your particular treatment needs.
Life with Your New Restoration
Once your teeth are restored to normal, you won’t have to worry about your face collapsing from the lack of jawbone integrity, and you’ll avoid the premature wrinkling that comes along with prolonged tooth loss. Then there’s the mental rejuvenation that having a fully restored smile provides you with. Knowing that you’re able to smile with confidence without worrying about what people will think about your deficiencies is priceless.
To experience a new life, reach out to your expert on placing and restoring dental implants to schedule a consultation today.
About the Author
Dr. Brian C. Oyler earned his dental degree from Indiana University’s School of Dentistry. Throughout his career, he’s stayed abreast of the latest tools and techniques to ensure that his patients receive the absolute best care. Additionally, Dr. Oyler has completed advanced education at the prestigious Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education and earned a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. He helps patients experience happier lives with dental implants at Oyler Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.