Living with a missing tooth can be extremely detrimental to a person’s self-confidence, the ability to speak and the ability to eat food. In fact, people will also affect the quality of life. Once a patient decides they no longer want to live with a missing tooth, it is time to consider getting a dental implant restoration. Dental implant restorations are the most effective and the most realistic way to replace missing teeth.
They give patients the opportunity to have a dental prosthetic that is prominent, secure, stable and does not require any additional care than naturally-occurring teeth. Once the patient decides to get dental implant restorations, there are a number of steps to follow in order to make the procedure successful.
The consultation and examination
The first and the most important step to getting dental implants is to make the decision that they are necessary. We then can move forward with step two, which is the initial consultation and examination with a dentist.
During the consultation phase, the patient will have the opportunity to discuss all available options. This is the best time to answer all questions and clearly understand the processes that go into getting a dental implant. It is also important for a patient to get a realistic expectation of how long it is going to take to place the implant. Typically, this process can take several months, unlike dentures or bridges that can happen much more quickly.
A thorough examination of the patient will be included in the first visit. This includes digital imaging, like X-rays, the taking of molds, going over the patient’s oral health and general health history and getting a clear idea of the strength and viability of the jaw bone to withstand and support a dental implant. By and large, most people have a jaw bone that is perfectly capable of supporting the restoration.
In cases where a patient may not have sufficient jaw bone density to support the implant, a bone graft may be in order. All of this can be discussed during the initial consultation, and this is why the examination is a critical step when getting a dental implant.
Getting dental restoration
Once the patient is cleared for getting a dental implant, the next step is to schedule the procedure. It is important for patients to enter this process with an open mind and an understanding that dental implants are the most effective, the most modern and the most realistic-looking way of getting a dental prosthetic to replace missing teeth. Because dental implants imitate the natural actions of a tooth, including the processes and functions of the tooth root, it takes some time to get the dental implant placed.
However, once we place a dental implant restoration, the patient is going to have the most secure tooth possible. In fact, many patients who have dental implants forget that they even have an implant in place and treat the tooth exactly the same way as they would a naturally occurring one.
It is for this reason that implants are becoming the most successful, and the most sought-after, way to replace missing teeth. As a patient, who has lost teeth, you owe it to yourself to make the decision to get dental implants or a dental implant restoration from Woodruff Dental.
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