Dental ImplantsCarlsbad, CA
Getting dental implants is an effective way to replace missing teeth. Whether you have lost one tooth or multiple teeth, you may want to hide your smile and avoid social settings altogether. Tooth loss can be embarrassing and also has effects on your oral health. Fortunately, you do not have to live this way any longer. Our office can restore your smile and appearance with implants. You could be the right candidate for this long-lasting solution.
Implants might not be for everyone, but there are benefits and advantages that other treatments cannot offer. It is true that the process can be lengthy and requires some recovery. However, the results allow you to eat normally once more and feel good about the way you look. If you take good care of your implants, you can enjoy them for many years before getting replacements.
If you are interested in this treatment for tooth loss, call our office today and make an appointment with the dentist for a consultation and evaluation.
The cause of missing teeth
The thought of losing a permanent tooth can be a scary one, but this occurrence is not out of the question. With enough force, a tooth can become dislodged and fall out. This happens by biting into something hard such as a utensil or foods like ice, popcorn kernels, or candy. Hard blows to the face from objects or another person’s elbow during a sporting event, for example, can also break or knock out a tooth.
Another cause for tooth loss is poor oral health. Without consistent, effective brushing and flossing, teeth can deteriorate. This makes them prone to breaking, cracking, or chipping. Untreated, severe tooth decay can lead to bone loss, which causes teeth to become loose and fall out.
The effects of missing teeth
Having just one missing tooth can create concerns and problems, both cosmetically and with the person’s health. If one or more front teeth are missing, the gaps will be readily visible to other people. This can cause the individual to feel embarrassed or ashamed, hurting their self-image and self-esteem. It may make the person want to withdraw from social settings. It makes for awkward interactions at work, school, and other situations.
When a person is missing teeth, it is more challenging to chew. This can affect the person’s diet and prevent the individual from eating well-balanced meals. Chewing foods such as meat and bread, for example, will be an issue. Losing teeth can also affect a person’s speech. This condition can even change the shape of the person’s mouth and face.
Preparing to get dental implants
Implants are a good alternative to dental bridges and dentures as a way of replacing teeth. A Carlsbad dentist will first have a consultation with an interested patient to discuss how the process works and what the person can expect before, during, and after the procedures. The dentist will review the person’s dental and health history to determine whether they are the right candidate for implants. Implants are a viable option to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Once the dentist and patient feel positive about this treatment, some preliminary work can begin. If there are severely decayed or damaged teeth, the dentist may choose to pull them out. There will be a series of X-rays and impressions of the mouth, as well. A technician will use these to create the crown that will attach to the implant.
The first surgery
Getting dental implants requires at least two surgeries. At the first one, the dentist will numb the patient with a local anesthetic. When the person is comfortable, the dentist will cut into the gums and drive a titanium post into the jawbone. The post resembles a screw and over time will fuse to the bone. After placing the post, the dentist sews up the incision wound.
The patient leaves at this point and spends the next few months healing. Once the person heals enough, the second stage of the process will begin. There must also be successful fusing of the bone and post. This creates stability and a base for the entire implant.
The second surgery
Waiting time between the first and second procedure can vary from three or four months to seven or eight, depending on the patient’s ability to recover. At the next surgery, the dentist reopens the gums, exposing the top of the post. Next, the dentist will place a smaller piece, called an abutment, to the post. The dentist then closes the wound and controls any bleeding. The patient spends a few more months healing before returning to the office.
Getting the crown
The dentist will then place a natural-looking crown on the abutment. This completes the dental implants. The crown will be the same size, shape, and color as a normal tooth. It restores the person’s smile and also allows the patient to bite into most foods.
Getting used to the implants
After the procedures, there will be some soreness and discomfort. It can take the person a few weeks to get accustomed to the dental implants. The dentist will advise the person to start by eating soft foods such as yogurt, applesauce, and scrambled eggs. Gradually, the person can introduce other foods. The dentist will likely follow up with the patient two or three weeks after getting implants. At this appointment, the dentist will ensure that the implants are not causing pain and that the patient is healing well.
Getting the most out of the implants
Dental implants are durable and strong. This tooth-replacement treatment should last for many years. The person can help to increase the longevity of the implants by keeping up with good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing are necessary. Avoiding hard foods and chewing on fingernails and pens will help to preserve the crown.
Replace your teeth, restore your smile
Are you ready for a transformation? If you are missing teeth, you do not have to lose hope that your smile will never be the same. With dental implants, you can have a full, attractive smile. You can also resume eating most of the foods your love. Visit with us today and discuss the next steps you can take to begin this process.
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