An attractive smile is a big part of your appearance and self-confidence. If broken teeth, gaps between teeth, or missing teeth are causing you to cover your smile, or worse, not smile at all, there is hope. Removable bridges and partial dentures are not your only option. Dental implants from Greenville, SC dentists not only improve your smile, they also improve your overall health.
Your teeth help maintain the integrity of your jawbone, and dental implants usually cause new bone growth. When you have missing teeth, the jawbone can deteriorate and cause other oral health problems. The remaining teeth will also shift and may overlap or cause large gaps between teeth. Dental implant oral surgery is done in two or three stages as an outpatient procedure. It can be done with a local anesthesia, or sedation if that’s your preference.
First, the damaged tooth is removed, and when the jawbone is healed the oral surgeon will implant a titanium post into the jawbone. The post takes the place of the tooth root. It is flushed with the jawbone, but underneath the gum so that it is protected while the bone heals. Gradually, the bone accepts the post and grows around it. This is how the implant protects and maintains the integrity of your jawbone. When this is done, a small portion of the gum is removed to expose the post.
When the bone is ready, the oral surgeon will put an abutment on the post. The abutment may be stock-manufactured or it may be custom made for your mouth. The gum will heal around the abutment forming a cuff. This is where the crown will be attached.
The whole process may take three to nine months waiting for new bone growth, but the wait is worth it. During this time, you may be required to eat only soft foods for a few weeks. Once the oral surgery is finished, you will care for your new tooth the same way that you care for your natural teeth. You will not have to worry about a removable bridge or the hassle of caring for dentures and you will be able to talk, eat and smile with confidence.
Consider getting dental implants in Greenville, SC from your trusted dentist like Downtown Dental so you can improve your smile and maintain good oral health.
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