Whether the result of a rough game of hockey or a medically necessary extraction, losing one or more teeth is never fun. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, missing teeth can not only make it more difficult to talk and chew, they can cause remaining teeth to become misaligned or crowded and more susceptible to problems down the road. Not to mention the embarrassment and lower self-esteem that comes with having an incomplete smile.
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants have been used to replace missing teeth for more than 50 years. They are preferable to bridges or endodontic treatment because dental implants have more predictable results and can replace missing teeth without altering the teeth around them.
The implant process is performed over a few visits and several months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself. Dental implants are small titanium posts that act to anchor your replacement teeth to your jaw, much like a healthy tooth’s roots.
To place the implant, we make a small incision in the gum, then screw the implant into the bone of your jaw. If you need more than one implant, we can place multiple dental implants in the same appointment. Once the implants are placed, we suture the gums and send you home to rest. The process is generally done under anesthesia, which means you won’t feel a thing.
After being placed during the first procedure, dental implants need 3-6 months to heal. During this period, the bone in your jaw will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration, making it as permanent a part of you as your natural teeth. During this healing time we can install temporary crowns so you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed, we place an abutment, which serves as the base for your new tooth. Then we take an impression of the abutment and use it to create the crown that will replace your old tooth.
Once we attach the crown, your smile will look just like it used to. And, after a few months getting used to the implant, it will feel just like one of your natural teeth.
At Madison Dental Care, your comfort and care are our top priorities. Our friendly team goes out of their way to make sure that every experience at our office is a positive one. But for as many as 15% of adults who avoid the dentist due to extreme bouts of anxiety, our smiling faces and gentle manner may not be enough.
Enjoying the highest quality dentistry means taking advantage of the latest and greatest technology in the dental field. To help you feel safe and comfortable, Madison Dental Care offers cutting edge tools and techniques to ensure your satisfaction with your visit and continued excellent health.
Building and maintaining a beautiful smile for life requires a specific plan and ongoing care. The best defense against the perils that can damage your smile is prevention. With general dentistry and other treatments, your team at Madison Dental Care will help you keep your beautiful, complete smile year after year.