You can lose teeth for a variety of reasons, including gum disease and facial trauma. When you lose your teeth, your entire life is affected. Some of the most obvious effects of tooth loss include the impact the event has on your smile and your abilities to eat and speak. Under the gums, tooth loss also affects the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss. At Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group, we can replace missing teeth, restoring the functions of those teeth and your quality of life, with a dental implant.
What Exactly are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. Treatment involves the use of small titanium posts that are surgically placed within your jawbone. During your recovery period, your bone gradually fuses to the implanted posts. Called osseointegration, this process stabilizes the posts in your jaw so that they can provide secure support for your new teeth.
Implants for All Needs
Dental implants are incredibly versatile. There are implants to meet just about every tooth replacement need. Types of dental implants include:
The Process of Dental Implants
Getting your dental implants requires surgery, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. We begin by making incisions in your gums. These incisions provide access to your jawbone. Holes are drilled into the bone, and the implant posts are placed directly inside. After your gums have been sutured, temporary teeth are set into place. After you have fully healed, a process that can take several weeks to several months, your final restorations are created and placed.
What Benefits Do Dental Implants Provide?
Dental implants provide several benefits.
Are There Any Drawbacks?
Even with several incredible benefits, there are still a few drawbacks to treatment with dental implants.
With dental implants, we can restore the functions of your missing teeth and the quality of your smile while also helping to protect the health and shape of your jawbone. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group at (240) 650-6181 today.