Did you know that dental implant procedures increased by 6.3% in 2019-20? Plus, dental implant procedures are supposed to increase by 23% from 2020-26. Implants are becoming more popular and/or necessary.
No matter what kind of lifestyle you may live, dental implants can become necessary. They can be a great way to boost confidence too.
You’re probably saying to yourself, “I should read up on some great tips and knowledge before you find yourself in need of complete dental implants.” Look below, and you will.
Why Would You Need a Dental Implant?
There are several reasons you might need a dental implant. You might have had an oral cavity that went undetected or untreated for far too long.
You might have had an injury or trauma to the mouth or jaw. You might even have a tooth that’s never fully developed.
Another reason you might need a dental implant is that you previously had a crown put in and it’s no longer holding up.
In the time your crown was in your mouth, you could have lost a significant amount of tooth to where a replacing your crown is no longer an option.
Maybe you cracked it by biting into something hard and took some of the original tooth with it. The reason for that is because the crown needs somewhere to latch on to and if there isn’t enough of the original tooth left, it won’t stick.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits of dental implants. Those benefits can range from preventing bone loss to supporting adjacent teeth, and even restoring the force of your bite.
Other benefits of dental implants include matching your natural teeth, enabling natural speech, and preventing changes to the shape of your face.
You won’t get cavities on any teeth that you’ve had a dental implant put in, and they’re easy to care for, plus, the upkeep is simple.
And in the case that you’re considering switching from dentures to implants, you won’t have to worry about any slippage.
They’re convenient as well. You don’t have to worry about removing your dentures all the time. Complete dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss.
Some added benefits of dental implants are; improved comfort, better oral health, an improved appearance, and self-esteem.
Also, they provide great durability and allow you to eat any type of food you want—foods such as an apple or corn right off the cob.
Dental Implants Technique
Have you ever replaced a fence or seen it done? If you have, then you pretty much understand the ins and out of installing a dental implant.
You dig a hole into the ground and put a beam in the ground to support the fence. You then pour cement around the beam and let it dry.
A dentist does something similar. They drill a hole in your jawbone and install the implant into your mouth. Then, they allow the bone to grow around the implant, which supports the tooth.
It’s a building process more than a cosmetic makeover, although you’ll probably look great after it’s all said and done. The process takes many different visits to complete.
The dentist and his or her team will devise a treatment plan based on your situation and needs. There will be at least two people assisting the oral surgeon during the whole process. They’ll take X-rays and give you a thorough examination.
Then, the process will play out over a couple of months or so with the installation and follow up visits to ensure everything is going as planned. You’ll have a new tooth in your mouth that looks and feels like the real thing.
Complete Dental Implants
Let’s discuss complete dental implants. Complete dental implants are for your entire mouth. If you’ve been in some sort of accident and had all or most of your teeth knocked out, then you might need complete dental implants.
Also, if you have a bridge or dentures, you might want to consider complete dental implants. You can get implant-supported full dentures or bridges that look, feel, and act real teeth.
When you embark on this process, the roots of your teeth are replaced. What this means is that the bone in your jaw is better preserved.
Complete dental implants are more aesthetic and much easier to maintain than regular dentures, especially in the long run.
How Does It Work?
The process of installing complete dental implants can take anywhere from two to six months. You’ll have six screws or cylinders inserted into your mouth and jawbone—three on top and three on the bottom.
Then, it takes two to six months for your bone and the implants to bond together. When that happens, you have artificial anchors, so to speak for your teeth.
If you desire, and it’s recommended, you can wear a temporary replacement during the waiting period.
Most of the time, there’s a second step required. The oral surgeon needs to uncover the implants and attach extensions. You’ll have what’s called temporary healing caps with some connecting devices which will help the crowns attach to your implants.
Then, the foundation is complete for your new teeth to be inserted. It will take a week or two for your mouth to heal after the procedure.
You may be able to get complete dental implants in one step if you’re the right candidate. Your oral surgeon will advise you which is best. The one-step method uses an implant that already has an extension piece attached.
A New You
Complete dental implants can make you feel like new. They can give you confidence while also providing convenience in your everyday life.
If you’ve been considering getting dental implants or want to make the transition from a bridge or crowns to a more permanent option, contact us to get started today.