If you are missing teeth, it can be difficult to chew food or even speak clearly. There are artificial options available that will mimic natural teeth, including implants. Here are 3 things to know about dental implants in Newport News.
What are Implants?
There are two main parts to a dental implant. The first is a metal post that is surgically inserted into the gums. The post replaces tooth roots. The other part is the artificial tooth. This false tooth is crafted to look like your existing teeth so that there is no obvious variation. The implant mimics a real tooth in function and appearance.
What’s the Process?
The process of completing an implant surgery can take several months. This is because it is generally carried out in phases to allow adequate healing time. The overall time and procedure will depend on the patient. The faster a patient heals the sooner the next stage can begin. There also needs to be time allowed for the patient’s bone to grow. The bone will need to get strong enough to support the implant, and needs time to meld into the implant. If your jawbone is too pliable or weak, you may have to undergo grafting to strengthen it. This will add additional time to the process.
What are the Types of Implants?
When your jawbone can provide a strong base for the implant, it’s time to choose your new tooth, otherwise known as a crown. You’ll have impressions made, which will help create the crown. You may opt for a fixed tooth or a removable tooth. The fixed version can not be removed, as it is permanently affixed to the implant. A removable tooth sits on a frame that snaps onto the implant and can be removed for hygiene maintenance.
You don’t have to go through life without proper dental support. If you think implants might work for you, talk to your dental professional about your options.