Tooth loss has many causes, including gum disease, severe tooth decay, facial trauma, and more. When you lose your teeth, your whole life is affected. Not only does tooth loss affect your smile, but it also affects how you eat and how you speak. It can affect your digestion and your nutrition. It even affects the health of your jawbone. When you are faced with tooth loss, Winning Smile Dental Group can help with dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
How Missing Teeth Change Your Life
How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Dental Implants Procedure
A Modern Treatment for Tooth Loss
Dental implants are a modern development, the result of an accidental discovery in the 1950s. In 1965, the first successful dental implants were placed. They have undergone many significant improvements over the years and have quickly become the most popular treatment for missing teeth. Dental implants use small titanium posts, which are surgically implanted into your jawbone, to support your replacement teeth. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into the jaw, turning the posts into strong, stable supports.
Versatility to Meet a Variety of Needs
Dental implants are a highly versatile, highly customizable treatment that can be used to meet some different needs. There are several different types of dental implants:
Getting Your Dental Implants
Unlike traditional treatments for tooth loss, dental implants require a surgical procedure. This procedure is typically done under a local anesthetic and sedation. The surgery begins with small incisions in your gums. We then drill holes into your exposed jawbone and insert the posts inside. Your gums are then sutured closed, leaving a small portion of the posts exposed above the gum line.
Temporary teeth are set in place while you heal. Depending on your situation, it can take several weeks to several months to fully heal. During this time, your jawbone gradually fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in place. After you have healed from surgery, we then begin the process of creating your final restorations. Creating your final teeth typically takes two appointments. During your first appointment, the temporary teeth are removed and abutments, or connectors, are placed on the posts. Next, impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. It can take up to two weeks for the teeth to be completed. At your second appointment, the teeth are screwed into place on your implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide several benefits:
Replacing missing teeth, whether it is just one or you have lost many, is essential for restoring your oral health, your smile, the functions of your mouth, and your quality of life. Call Winning Smile Dental Group today at (224) 307-4977 to schedule your consultation and find out if dental implants are right for you.