• How Do Dental Implants Work?

  • People in Shoreline, Kenmore, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Bothell, Kirkland, and the surrounding areas find themselves in need of dental implants for a variety of reasons. Most often, people look to get dental implants when they are missing teeth that others can see. Most people who are missing teeth would love to have new teeth to replace them. For one thing, they want to feel better about themselves and feel less self-conscious about smiling. They also might have troubles with biting or chewing their food due to the missing tooth or teeth. There’s no reason for people to suffer from not having all of their teeth present.

    Implants are often something that people would choose instead of getting dentures. For one thing, they like that the implants are a lot more natural regarding how they feel in the mouth as well as for aesthetic purposes. When people get a bridge, they usually have to have other teeth changed. Also, they often need to get replacements for their bridges. None of these things are true for the dental implants. You get to keep these implants for the long haul. You may use an implant to stabilize a bridge. A bridge is at least one false tooth that is attached to a cap or implant. If your natural tooth is too weak to support the bridge, your dentist or oral surgeon may suggest securing the bridge on a dental implant. This may take more time if you need to have a dental implant placed. Depending on your age, health, and the procedure, you may need to wait months to heal.

    A dental implant is essentially a fake tooth that goes in your mouth. The tooth gets attached to a post that’s been appended to the jawbone in your mouth. This dental implant will work just like a regular tooth. The implants which are available today are made from a metal known as titanium. It is the perfect metal to replace the root of a tooth, for many reasons. Firstly, it has the required strength to support the overlying crown and is also quite durable. Secondly, it is a biocompatible material that responds as desired in the human body. What this means is that the body is easily adjusted to having a titanium implant and will not react undesirably, causing infections and other complications. Most importantly, titanium has a unique property of fusing to the bone.

    When you are getting a dental implant placed, the oral surgeon will give you a local anesthetic. It may take several months for the jaw to heal after this procedure. Once it has healed up, an artificial tooth will be placed over the implant. Sometimes, an implant can be done all at once, but that is not always the case. It depends upon a variety of factors.

    While dental implants may be an option for you, not everyone is as fortunate. If your jawbone is not strong enough to support the implant, removable dentures or a bridge might be the better option. Your dentist or oral surgeon can take a look to see if your jaw is strong enough for dental implants.