The loss of one or more permanent teeth can have a devastating effect on how and what we eat, the ability to speak clearly, or smile widely. But self-confidence, speaking clearly, and eating the foods we love can now be restored with the help of your implant dentist.
Teeth lost to trauma, infection, and/or decay can now be replaced with restorations so comfortable and lifelike, it will be difficult to discern implanted teeth from biological ones. Research and technology have led the way to this teeth restoration procedure known as dental implants.
… the dental implant of today allows the patient to restore full functionality to correct tooth loss.
A dental implant is a tiny device that is surgically embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. The implant is most often made from titanium. In the 1950’s, a Swedish doctor made a discovery while experimenting with this metal. He placed titanium in the leg of a rabbit, and when he attempted to retrieve it, he discovered the metal had fused so thoroughly with the bone in the animal’s leg he no longer could extricate it. This led to further research and the first successful dental implant. The recipient of this dental implant passed away with the implant still totally functional some forty years later.
With progress, the dental implant of today allows the patient to restore full functionality to correct tooth loss. The implant fuses to bone providing the strength and stability needed for the tooth or teeth that will eventually cover it.
Once the implant area is healed, the implant dentist will place a final restoration that will match the surrounding natural teeth in shape and shade. Implants can be placed to supplant one or more teeth; or an implant supported bridge can be made to correct the loss of several teeth. Even an entire arch can be provided, if needed.
Taking care of the implant is as easy as caring for your own natural teeth. Daily flossing and brushing will keep teeth looking their best and gum tissue stimulated. Since the implant and final restoration become a permanent part of your dental anatomy, keeping them healthy is important.
Avoiding infection is critical to the success of the implant procedure as this is the leading cause of implant failure. Tobacco use is another, so smoking is largely discouraged.
With your teeth restored, the freedom to eat, speak and smile will definitely enhance your lifestyle. To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office of Dr. Amit M. Patel and schedule your professional consultation today.