Have you lost a tooth? Act Quickly to avoid further issues

Each one of the teeth in our mouths serve a different purpose. Together, all of the teeth in mouth work as one unit in order to provide structure and support to the mouth. When a tooth is lost or extracted due to decay, the cohesive unit is weakened. This can lead to a number of dental concerns that could ultimately impact speech and even your physical appearance.

Loss of one or more teeth can also result in an increased risk of tooth decay as the remaining teeth shift into the unoccupied space beside them.

Restorative dentistry, in the form of dental implants, offers a great solution to missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, and can also be used to secure bridges and full-arch dentures.

If your smile is missing one or more of your teeth, you should consider implant-supported restoration solutions.

Get your Smile back, and with it your confidence..

Understanding dental implants

Dental implants have risen in popularity to now become the gold standard for the replacement of one or more missing teeth. The dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement solution. The implant is most often titanium based, due to the metal’s inability to corrode or wear down even after years of use. The implant is surgically placed into the jaw, to act as a replacement root for a prosthetic tooth, or crown.

Implants are very stable, and they are the ideal choice for patients who do not want to impact the structural integrity of healthy surrounding teeth. This would be needed if a fixed dental bridge was used to replace the missing tooth.

A dental implant can be relied upon to replace a single tooth, or it can serve as a support system for multiple prosthetic teeth. Whether a patient is able to opt for dental implants over other solutions that include dentures or dental bridges will depend largely on the health of the individual, and also on the implant positioning as is correlated to the bone structure needed to support the implant. In some situations, particularly if it has been some time since the natural tooth was lost, there may be some bone recession. If there has been some recession, then this will need to be repaired with a bone graft prior to the surgical implantation of the titanium root.

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  • Why it is VITAL to replace a missing tooth?

    In addition to the potential for bone recession, the loss of one or more teeth can have a marked impact on many areas of your life. Some patients find that their speech patterns are altered, and they may find it challenging to speak in the same natural and smooth manner that they once did. It may prove to be challenging to eat some of your favorite foods, particularly if you have multiple teeth missing.

    Bone recession can lead to a loss of structure in your jaw, which can actually lead to minor sagging on your face. Some patients may find that they are showing signs of premature aging, with fine lines around the eyes and cheeks. Restoring that missing tooth can help to keep your face looking youthful for much longer.

  • The dental implant procedure

    Prior to the start of the procedure, your dentist will examine your x-rays, and your mouth, in order to determine the right placement of your artificial root. Patients will be numbed completely, with a local anesthesia that will ensure there is no discomfort for the duration of the procedure.

    Once numbed, and comfortable, the titanium post will be surgically implanted into the jawbone, using specialized dental tools. A temporary cap will be placed over the implant so that the patient will not need to have a gap in his or her smile during the healing process.

    The healing process is known as osseointegration. This is when the titanium implant begins to fuse with the bone tissue in your jaw. Healing time can vary between patients, and could range between four weeks up to several months. Patients are reminded that hard chewing should be avoided during this time of healing, and an altered diet may be recommended.

    Once the implant has successfully fused to the jawbone, an impression will be made in order to create the crown or bridge that will be affixed to the implant. Once ready, the prosthetic will be permanently secured to the implant.

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Aftercare for dental implants

With the right care, dental implants can last for a lifetime. Keep up with a regular routine of brushing and flossing your teeth. Use a mouth rinse that will help to keep your mouth healthy.

Dental implants can be treated just like your natural teeth, so you can maintain them in just the same way. Keep up with your routine dental appointments, so that your dentist can examine your implant and the surrounding gum tissue to ensure that it is healthy.


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Bagenalstown Dental has provided Carlow with affordable dental treatment of the highest standards for over 20 years.  If you think you may need some dental treatment contact us today

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