(December 30, 2019)
Missing a single tooth or multiple teeth can be debilitating. We rely so much on our teeth for smiling, eating, and speaking. It is understandable that people with missing teeth may become self-conscious and perhaps avoid smiling. Also many people find it difficult to eat certain types of food that they were once able to enjoy. Thankfully dental implants have allowed so many people to smile and eat with confidence again.
A dental implant is an artificial root, made of titanium, which acts in a similar way to a natural tooth root. Dental implants are placed within the jawbone and can be used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.
For patients interested in implant dentistry I would recommend attending a consultation appointment where the implant-trained dentist can find out what you wish to achieve from treatment. This will allow the dentist to decide what options are available to best meet your needs and wishes.
Each patient is unique and subsequently the time it takes to complete each patient’s course of treatment will vary. But as a general guide treatment usually takes between 4 to 9 months. During this time the patient can be provided with a temporary solution for the missing teeth.
Dental implants to replace missing teeth have vastly improved the quality of life of many patients. In the past there were limited options for replacing missing teeth and many people simply had to endure being unable to perform simple tasks, such as smiling and eating. This no longer has to be the case with dental implants providing the solution for many of these patients.
Blog written by: Dr Paul Cocozza