Natural-looking Implants for Front Teeth
For one or more missing front teeth, consider a dental implant. Losing a tooth at the back of the mouth is bad enough. However, having a tooth in the front gone is often devastating. Whether from an injury or decay, an oral surgeon can place implants. With the procedure done, you will look and feel fantastic, especially when smiling.
Does an implant look natural?
The fact that a dental implant looks just like a person’s own tooth is one of its many benefits. Made from porcelain, a dental laboratory makes the implant in a color that matches the surrounding teeth. As a result, no one can tell the difference. Also, porcelain is a strong material. With proper care, implants can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.
Serving multiple purposes
Along with improving a patient’s smile, a dental implant offers many additional benefits. As a prime example, an oral surgeon can use dental implants for bone restoration. If someone has a missing tooth but does not do anything about it, the bone begins to deteriorate. That can cause atrophy, which alters a person’s facial structure and smile.
What happens with dental implants is that the inserted titanium screw helps with bone restoration. Over time, the bone and screw begin to fuse. With the implant in place, the individual can chew normally. The pressure that chewing puts on the implant stimulates the bone. That stimulation then causes the bone to grow around the titanium screw.
How is an implant placed?
As long as the patient has adequate bone density, an oral surgeon would make incisions where needed. Then, the dental professional screws the implant pole into the bone. Now, for someone without good density, the surgeon can do a bone graft. With the first option, a patient must wait a few weeks to completely heal. With a bone graft, it usually takes three months or longer. However, when ready, the oral surgeon can then place the implants.
With the titanium screw in place, a crown or artificial tooth goes on top. Whenever an implant involves the front teeth, the surgeon takes extra care to shape it. The right color and shape make the artificial tooth look just like what the patient had before. Unless someone knew, they would have no idea that a person has an artificial tooth.
The overall process for dental implant restoration is easy for most patients to handle. Yes, there is some healing involved, but time goes by quickly. Instead of dentures or living without a front tooth, a dental implant is a great solution.
Never compromise your smile
After losing a front tooth, your first reaction may be to panic. Instead, talk to your dentist who can refer you to an oral surgeon. Sitting down with that dental professional, the two of you can come up with a viable solution. If the surgeon recommends an implant, the outcome will put a big smile on your face.
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