Get a Smile That Lasts For a Lifetime With Dental Implants12 Nov, 2015
Get a Smile That Lasts For a Lifetime With Dental Implants
If you've lost a tooth due to injury or periodontal disease, it can be a source of irritation and embarrassment. It may become difficult to properly chew and uncomfortable to simply smile. In the past when a tooth has been lost or extracted the few options available were dentures, a bridge or just putting up with the lose of a tooth.
Now there is another option for consideration, a dental implant. Dental implants are typically performed by a cosmetic dentist and have become a fairly routine procedure. The following may help to explain how the procedure is performed and the benefits of choosing implants.
There Are Many Reasons For Tooth Loss
Tooth decay is the main reason adults lose teeth. In fact, most adults by the age of 50 have lost at least one of their permanent teeth. Unfortunately, good dental hygiene becomes a low priority for many adults and with lax care bacterium can accumulate in plaque. Plaque builds up and then produces acids that promote tooth decay. If unchecked, this decay process will get to a point where the tooth needs to be extracted because of exposed nerves or it simply falls out.
Another main reason adults lose teeth is due to accidents and trauma. If a tooth is lost due to traumatic events it is unlikely the tooth will be able to be put back in place and function to maximum capacity. In this event a cosmetic dentist will need to be consulted to restore the tooth.
A Dental Implant Is Composed Of Three Parts
Dental implants usually are composed of three parts, the crown, the abutment and the implant. A screw, usually made from titanium is inserted into the jawbone while the abutment fastens directly on to the screw that protrudes through the gum. The crown is actually an artificial tooth and is placed around the abutment to look and feel like a natural tooth. Each portion of the dental implant is custom fitted and must be performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist.
Why Dental Implants?
A properly designed and installed dental implant, with routine normal maintenance will last a lifetime. Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, which may need to be replaced periodically, a dental implant does not. They look and feel like your natural teeth. Your friends and family won't even be able to tell that you have a dental implant.
Another advantage to dental implants over convention bridgework is the fact dental implants do not require the use of surrounding teeth. The typical bridge is supported by neighboring teeth and may require cutting or grinding to secure a perfect fit.
A custom made dental implant will not slip out of the mouth like dentures that don't fit well. In addition you won't have the clicking sound that can accompany ill-fitting dentures.
Dental Implant Process
If you live in the Big Apple, the process for dental implants involves a cosmetic dentist in New York City. If you live elsewhere, you can typically find a dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry in any large city. Before the dentist installs the titanium screw in the jawbone, he will size your jaw to insure an accurate fit. While the gum and jawbone are healing, a temporary cover is placed on the screw. Once healed, the dentist will install a temporary crown. Soon the gum line reshapes and the temporary crown can be replaced with the permanent crown. Your cosmetic dentist will carefully monitor this process every step along the way.
Although dental implants may be a costly procedure the fact that they last a lifetime and look and feel just like your natural teeth make the cost worthwhile.
Christine O'Kelly is a writer for Smile In The City, a cosmetic dentist in New York City. Smile In The City specializes in aesthetic, implant and laser dentistry and is often heralded as a premier dentist in New York City.