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Gone are the days when you had to live with missing teeth or, at best, invest in a pair of dentures. Nowadays, it’s possible to replace every one of your missing teeth. This is due to innovative and evolving dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Replacing missing teeth can improve the quality of a person’s life dramatically. The obvious benefits likely to be noticed by others, like an improved appearance and higher levels of self-esteem, are not the only benefits.
Improved Eating – When you’re missing teeth that are critical for eating properly, it can limit the kinds of foods you eat. It stops you from enjoying some of your favorite foods. It can also lead to health problems since fresh, crisp vegetables are very important for overall health. Replacing missing teeth, like the molars, is so important for proper chewing. Meat needs to be chewed adequately for proper digestion and the absorption of important minerals to occur.
Saves Existing Teeth – Sometimes bridges are used to replace or improve teeth at the expense of perfectly fine existing teeth, as in the case of bridges. Teeth next to the tooth being replaced have to be filed down a little so the bridge can be worn. This causes unnecessary wear and tear on otherwise healthy teeth.
Speech Improvement – Most people don’t realize how important their teeth are when it comes to speaking until they lose a specific tooth used to pronounce a particular word properly. When you have all of your teeth, it becomes easier to pronounce words that might once have been troublesome to pronounce.
How Dental Implants Are Placed
The first step is for our dentists to find the right plan of action and care for the individual patient. The shape of the jaw and the placement of the teeth are unique to every individual.
The dental implant itself is made of dental-grade titanium. This is what the replacement tooth will be screwed into. The implant is put into the bone socket of the tooth and the area is allowed to heal. As it heals, the gum tissue will grow around the implant and provide even firmer security and stability. It can take up to twelve weeks for the healing process to occur. After the area heals, an anchor called an abutment is used to firmly secure the tooth.
An impression is made of the teeth to create a model of the patient’s bite to produce the replacement tooth. This replacement tooth is actually a crown that is attached to the abutment. Most patients don’t complain of much discomfort at all during the procedure.
Learn More About Dental Implants
If you are dealing with missing teeth, consider dental implants at Andover Smiles. During a consultation at our office in North Andover, we can assess your teeth and help you determine if dental implants are a good idea for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.