Dental implants are growing in popularity, and at Cambridge Dental, we can see why. A dental implant procedure can be used to replace just one or two missing teeth, or they can be used to make up an entire set of top and bottom teeth. It can also make a bridge or denture supports to provide a better fit for artificial teeth.
Getting a dental implant procedure is a huge step for many people, a huge step toward living a complete life that is full of eating, talking, laughing, and living without worry or pain. Before getting one, many people like to know what they are in for: the pain, the cost, and the results.
The American Dental Association is a huge advocate of the dental implant procedure, saying:
In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
Here are the steps for a dental implant procedure:
Step 1: Meet with the Dentists at Cambridge Dental and have an Evaluation
The first step to any successful dental implant procedure is to have an evaluation that will determine your candidacy for any procedure. Your dentist will talk with you about what you can expect, cost, timelines, and results.
Some of the things you dentist will look at include bone density and strength, which will determine if you have enough support for the implant. If you do not have enough density, fear not, as your dentist may also check to see if a one graft can be placed in the area so that an implant can eventually be supported.
Patients who are not candidates for dental implants at any time should fear not, as the dentist may determine that you are eligible for alternative treatments, such as dentures or bridges.
Step 2: Placement of Dental Implants
An important step in dental implant procedure is to determine where the implants will be placed so that your jaw is comfortable during all activities.
Your dentist will attach a thin titanium rod to the jawbone, under the gum line and near the spot where your tooth should be. The rod isn’t just structure, it is actually a substitute tooth root.
Step 3: The Waiting Game
After the titanium rod is placed, you will have to wait for a few months before there are any changes. This period is necessary for the rod to fuse itself to your jawbone, which will provide you with that stability that will allow you to take a bite out of an apple again. If your dentist (and you) wish, a temporary crown may be placed over the rod during this period. Your dentist will tell you how to take care of your mouth during that time, as your mouth will be doing something called osseointegration, and is extremely important for the future of your implants.
Step 4: Final Placement of the Dental Crowns
The final and most important step of the dental implant procedure is something called implant restoration, or the final placement of your permanent dental crown. This will occur once your dentist from Cambridge Dental determines that the titanium rod is properly fused with your jawbone. He will then use a custom-designed crown that is made to blend in with your natural teeth – from shape to color. There is truly no “one size fits all” result here – everything is made specifically for you. This tooth will fit over the stronger internal implant.
For a more interactive look at the dental implant procedure, take a look at this video that we made:
Advantages of Dental Implants
We already have a page devoted to Advantages of Dental Implants, but here are even more that we have learned from our patients:
Improved appearance in photos. Many other implants look great in person, but when photographed, you could really see a difference. In a selfie-obsessed world, these dental implants will look and feel like your own teeth in all situations. They are permanent, which helps with the look, but the real reason is because they are personalized to your teeth and mouth.
You will have to ability to speak normally almost immediately. With poor fitting dentures or other dental implant procedures, it could be difficult to speak without lisping or slurring. With dentures, it was usually caused by slippage within the mouth. Dental implants cannot move around, so that slippage isn’t even a possibility. You also won’t have any issues with mumbling or lisping, as they won’t feel that different from your natural teeth.
Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, and you spend so much time allowing them to truly become a part of your mouth, these implants virtually eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures. The lack of slippage also helps with comfort.
Eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Since dental implants function like your teeth naturally do, you will be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want to eat it. No more waiting for glue to dry or staying away from the good stuff. You also won’t have to worry about pain, which has always been a huge complaint from denture wearers.
Improved oral health and easier maintenance. Because we won’t have to reduce your other teeth like a tooth bridge might do, and because there are no gabs and ridges like with dentures, your overall dental hygiene routine should be much easier to complete. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene. Find more information here.
Questions on Dental Implant Procedure?
If you have any questions or concerns about dental implant procedure or getting dental implants at all, please do not hesitate to give us at Cambridge Dental a call. We are always here to answer any of your questions, and we will be honest and frank when talking about your potential outcome.