If you have some teeth missing, you most likely want to have them replaced with false teeth so that you will be able to smile without feeling embarrassed. Having your full set of teeth will also aid you in eating and talking. Some people opt for having implants placed in order to repair the cosmetics of your smile. Here is a summary of the dental implant procedure and a list of why getting implants may be more beneficial than having dentures made.
To have implants placed, your dentist will first do a complete analysis of the current state of your mouth and any existing teeth. You would have X-rays done to see if your bone structure is strong enough to be able to handle the insertion of implants. A computer-generated model would be made, showing where the implants would be inserted and what the final product would look like after teeth are attached.
The process of having implants inserted is done in a surgical setting. You would need to have anesthesia administered. Your doctor would make a cut into your gums, and would insert small, thin metal rods through the entire gum area. One end would be attached to the bone under your gums and the other end would poke out from the bottom of the gum into the space where your tooth was once located.
After your surgery is completed, you will need some time to heal before being able to attach teeth. Your doctor will have you pick out coloring, sizing and shapes for each tooth that will be placed. This information will be used to make your own set of personalized teeth. When they come in from being made, they will be able to be attached to the rods that are poking out from your gum.
Benefits Of Implants
There are many reasons why getting implants are more beneficial than using dentures. Here are some of these reasons:
- With implants, you do not have food restrictions. With dentures you need to stay away from certain foods so that your teeth do not fall out.
- You do not need to remove your implants to clean them. With dentures you need to do a nightly routine with the dentures out of your mouth.
- Implants are not uncomfortable in your mouth and do not cause you any pain. Dentures need to be removed to give your mouth a break after several hours of wear.
- You will have normal speech and do not need to fear your implants falling out, causing embarrassment.
- You will be able to smile knowing that your implants look like your real teeth.