Dental implants are the natural solution when an adult tooth is missing from the jaw. While many people try to keep all of their natural teeth, the truth is that many will lose at least one tooth, if not more, as they age. The most common causes of a lost tooth are damage, decay, or disease, especially a periodontal disease or accidentally cracking a tooth.
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth with a titanium root that is connected directly to the jawbone, so the tooth remains in place. The jawbone will grow around the titanium root, helping it to stay in place and create a stable bond. This style of implants can be used for a single tooth, but it is not uncommon to get a partial implant of two or more teeth along one side of the mouth.
Dental implants are a common procedure. To begin the process, you make an appointment with a dentist who will examine your upper and lower jaw and then discuss options with you. Once you agree upon getting a dental implant, the dentist makes a mold of the desired tooth and then creates the implant. You will need to return for a second appointment for application.
To install a dental implant, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. The dentist drills down into the jaw and screws in the titanium root of the tooth before fitting the rest of the synthetic implant in place. The process takes less than an hour and is surprisingly pain-free. The most you will feel is some slight discomfort and pressure. Once the anesthetic wears off, there might be some pain, but it should be minor. Most dentists recommend alleviating any symptoms with an over the counter painkiller.
You cannot receive a dental implant without making an appointment with a professional dentist, so it’s important to make one and get in the office as soon as possible. Here at All About Family Dentistry, dental implants are a popular procedure.