Your smile is one of your most important features, it is often the first thing people notice. It is no surprise that oral health is one of the biggest healthcare problems that people face. A memorable smile is a powerful tool.
Tooth loss is an age-old issue, but modern science has developed new dental techniques to remedy the situation. One of the most innovative tooth replacement methods today is dental implants.
Tooth implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. The dental prosthetics serve as replacement roots for the missing teeth. The posts fuse with the bone to form a strong foundation for the new artificial teeth. Porcelain crowns are attached to the visible portion of the posts that protrude from the gums.
Tooth loss impacts more than mouth function and oral health. Missing teeth can lead to bone deterioration and a lack of facial structure support. It can make eating difficult and interfere with proper speech. By treating tooth loss with dental implants, you can stimulate bone and restore a higher quality of life.
Two visits are needed to place implants at Tamarack Dental Associates. During the first surgery, the posts are inserted into the patient’s jawbone. The prosthetic roots will then bond biochemically with the bone. This healing and fusing process can take 3–6 months to complete. In the meantime, your dentist may provide you with temporary false teeth.
After the bonding process is finished, your dentist will book a second appointment to place the dental crowns. The surgery will involve attaching the abutments to the inserted implants that will protrude through the gums. These pieces will be the anchors for the replacement teeth and won’t be visible once the crown is placed.