Dental Implant Restoration
West Linn, OR
Losing a tooth is an unfortunate situation that can happen due to a wide range of reasons. The effect of having a missing tooth on your self-confidence and self-esteem can be significant. However, there are several options available to get back the smile that you used to have before losing your teeth. One of the most popular and common options is dental implant restoration. The implant itself is a titanium post that acts like a root of a tooth when it comes to anchor dentures, bridges, and crowns to your mouth after extraction or losing teeth. If you are interested in dental implant restoration, our dentist at ZenTech Dentistry will educate you about your best options.
When you bite down or chew, you press on your jawbone. This repetitive action helps to stimulate the bone and keep it strong and healthy. Nevertheless, if you do not add pressure on your jawbone due to tooth loss, then the bone in the space will subsequently weaken since it will be reabsorbed in your body. The bone will slowly deteriorate and weaken. You may lose up to 25% of your jawbone mass in one year after losing your tooth.
Dental implants can greatly help with bone loss since they function as an artificial root. Before you get implant surgery, the dentist will assess whether you have enough bone mass that can hold the titanium rod. During the implantation, the dentist extracts the tooth and then inserts a titanium rod in the socket. After that, the dentist will secure a crown into the titanium rod. A dental implant will stimulate your jawbone as a natural tooth does, preventing bone loss.
All-on-6 dental implants are a procedure that is used to reconstruct a patient’s mouth when they have lost a significant number of teeth in one or both jaws. This procedure uses six implants that are placed in the mouth area with the highest bone volume. It allows an individual option to replace all of the teeth with six natural feeling and looking dental implants. All-On-6 implants do not involve bone grafting, meaning they are ideal for patients with low bone volume or density in their jaw.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
When the implant is maintained through proper oral hygiene with regular flossing and brushing, it can last a lifetime. Also, it is important to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups. However, a crown that goes on top typically lasts 10-15 years.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Most patients can be sedated or numbed with an anesthetic. Little to no discomfort is the goal. As the numbness wears off, the patient may experience some level of pain. Many dentists provide pain medication that assists to manage discomfort at the implant site. Patients should not fear the procedure since it is designed to be a permanent tooth replacement. After completing the procedure, the implant process will leave you with a beautiful smile.
Dental implants are a reliable solution to missing teeth. Please feel free to contact us at ZenTech Dentistry if you have any other questions or wish to schedule your implant consultation.