Dental Implants are used to replace missing teeth. Whether you have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth due to an accident, or periodontal disease or root canal that has gone bad, your teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Bye and large, traditional bridges are not being used to replace teeth these days and implant replacement has become the standard of care.
A dental implant is a root shaped cylinder of titanium or tooth colored zirconium that is placed in the jaw where the tooth is missing. The jaw heals around the implant and then permanent teeth are attached to the implant. A dental implant makes it easy to attach crowns, bridges, and even a whole set of teeth. The teeth are affixed to the implants and look and feel just like regular teeth.
The materials used in dental implants can range from titanium or the much more attractive ceramic or porcelain variety. The materials are dependent upon the procedure being done for you and the area of the mouth where the implants are needed. Implants can last upwards of 10 years when properly maintained.
Some people avoid dental implants believing that implants are painful. Actually, implants are put in place with minimal impact on the nerves of the mouth so the risk of it hurting is quite low and complications are exceedingly rare. The most common dental pain is tender gums which can be relieved by eating only soft foods and keeping ice on the sensitive areas. You will also be advised to take over the counter pain relief solutions and limit physical activity for 48 hours after the implants are placed.
Taking care of your dental implants is easy. You can treat them just as you would your regular teeth by brushing them often and flossing regularly.
They work just like your regular teeth and as long as they are taken care of properly. People who have had dentures or partial dentures know that chewing can be difficult. When they replace dentures or partial dentures with implants if feels like you have your regular teeth back. This can be life changing and make you feel years younger.
We here at Dr. Susan McMahon Cosmetic Dentist have been serving the Pittsburgh and Chicago areas for many years. We are experts when it comes to showing you how to choose dental implants and we want to put our experience to work for you. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic tooth replacement with implants so that your smile can be better than ever before. Come see us today and let us help you with all of your dental needs.