Extractions and Dental Implants
We all want a smile that we can be proud of. In an age of social media, the last thing you want is a tight-lipped expression in every picture. Not to mention that you’ll be better at everything from your job to your relationships if you smile wide for everyone to see. The trouble is that, when you have missing or rotten teeth, smiling becomes a difficult thing to manage.
Instead, you’d prefer to keep your mouth closed and hide the damage. That’s no good for your confidence or your appearance overall. Not to mention that rotting teeth and even gaps in your mouth can spell significant trouble for your dental health. It’s for this reason that you shouldn’t hesitate to contact Fitchburg Smiles to see about extractions and dental implants as soon as possible.
What are dental implants?
Even if you’ve heard mention of dental implants in the past, you may be at a loss as to what they are. This can prevent you from agreeing to treatment, and ultimately cause further damage.
Luckily, dental implants aren’t difficult to understand. Used either in cases of missing teeth or after extraction, these are artificial tooth replacements, traditionally made of titanium. Unlike dentures, dental implants support your teeth with replacement roots, as well as covering aesthetic damage. By surgically positioning an implant into your gum, your dentist can ensure both bone reconstruction and ongoing support for your implant and the teeth around it.
This way, you’ll be able to smile proudly for many years to come, all while working wonders to maintain your dental hygiene moving forward.
What can you expect from the surgical procedure?
Surgery of any kind can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially when you don’t know what to expect. It’s for this reason alone that many individuals prefer to opt for less invasive dentures. Sadly, dentures are nowhere near as long-lasting or effective as dental implants, so understanding the procedures involved is vital.
Admittedly, the amount of surgery and the length of time it will take primarily depends on your situation. In some cases, a dentist will be able to complete an entire implant process in one surgical procedure. More often, though, patients can expect at least two to three small surgeries over six+ months. This is because implants must typically fuse with your jawbone before ultimate restoration can take place.
Decisions about the extent of your unique dental implant procedure will be made at an initial consultation with your dentist. During this appointment, they’ll refer to your dental history, take x-rays, and make impressions. On the back of this process, your dentist will be able to determine bone damage, and also book necessary extractions before the implant process begins.
During implantation itself, the different stages you can expect to experience include –
- The implant (Stage 1)
Your first surgical procedure will involve your titanium implant itself. At this stage, your dentist will make a small incision in your gum before fitting the implant in place of your missing root, and sewing your gum shut over the top of it.
- The abutment (Stage 2)
Once your implant has fused into place, you can expect a second surgical procedure in which your abutment is fitted. Made of titanium, gold, or porcelain, this attachment screws into your implant and is shaped like a cut-down tooth.
- The restoration (Stage 3)
The final stage in this process is your restoration itself. This is when your implant will come to resemble a tooth with the addition of a crown, usually made of porcelain. This crown cover will fit onto your abutment by either cement or screw.
While the precise times for this process can vary, dental implants have a success rate of around 98%, and your crown should last at least ten or fifteen years if you take the time to get your head around aftercare.
Why dental implants?
Given that the dental implant procedure is relatively intensive, you may be wondering why exactly these would be the best option for you. As mentioned, many patients consider traditional dentures to be a preferable choice, but dental implants are often best for a variety of reasons, including –
Dental implants are made to look and feel like your teeth and even fuse with your jawbone to become permanent fixtures. This is a benefit you can’t find with the majority of alternatives and can help you to build your self-confidence in a significant way.
Better oral health
Due to their fusing with your jaw bone, dental implants also work wonders for better oral health overall. Nearby teeth don’t need to be affected with this treatment option, and filling gaps in your mouth can also help to improve your overall gum health. All of that while allowing easier access to gaps between your teeth at all times.
Alternatives like dentures are largely unreliable due to their reliance on adhesive. This can lead to discomfort and even embarrassing slippage that many patients shy away from. By comparison, dental implants are a fixed and reliable feature. You’ll be able to eat, laugh, and have a good time without once worrying about mishaps.
Durability is also a notable benefit. As mentioned, the crown part of your dental implant can last as much as 10-15 years with proper care. Even better, your implant itself will last a lifetime. This ensures value for money and saves you from ever having to worry about unwieldy gaps again.
Fitchburg Smiles for your extraction and dental implant needs
At Fitchburg Smiles, we’re always on hand to meet with all your extraction and dental implant needs. Our resident reconstructive dentist Dr. Mansh Shah has been treating patients since 2012, and her unique focus on implants and extraction make her a reliable choice to meet your needs.
By offering extractions and implant solutions on a case-by-case basis, we guarantee that we can create positive changes to your dental health. Simply contact us today to arrange an initial consultation on your implant journey.
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