Once your adult teeth come in, there is a need to keep them in good shape with proper oral care. Unlike sharks, we humans do not just grow more teeth if we lose one or need to have it pulled. Instead, we are left with a gap in our teeth or issues that not only affect our eating habits, but also how we might feel about our smile and the way we look. If you have a tooth that cannot be saved, your dentist may recommend a dental implant, which is a false tooth that is screwed onto a metal anchor implanted directly into the jawbone. Here are a few things that you need to keep in mind about dental implants before moving forward.
For starters, not everyone is going to be a candidate for dental implants. Since dental implants require a good amount of healthy bone for the anchor to be implanted in, a dentist and possibly oral surgeon will need to assess the amount of healthy bone in your jaw. If you do have good, strong bone, then you might think about moving forward.
Another aspect to consider about dental implants is that they are not an immediate process, but rather a series of procedures that often span out over the course of months, sometimes even a year. You will need the tooth pulled and to heal from that. Then the anchor will be implanted, and this will also have healing time. Finally, the prosthetic tooth will be placed.
Dental implants can be a great investment since they nearly perfectly mimic a real tooth, allowing you to eat, brush and care for it like your natural tooth. If you have questions about dental implants, then we here at Georgian Shores Dental Centre would love to talk more with you! Give us a call today for more information.