Whether you've worn uncomfortable dentures for years or you accidentally had a tooth knocked out at last week's football match, you need a quality solution for your missing tooth. For patients in good health, dental experts recommend dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in the jaw to help hold a replacement tooth. Over the last forty years, implants have become a popular choice due to their stability, safety, and long-term effectiveness. Implants are crafted from high quality materials, such as titanium, and are surgically placed to anchor your new tooth for many years to come.
How Do I Receive a Dental Implant?
The first step in receiving an implant, as with any of your choices in dental care, is to speak with your dentist. After being approved for surgery, your dentist will place your new implant into your jawbone with the position and choice of fixture dependant on your specific needs. After surgery, your natural bone will grow around the implant. Depending on the quality of your bone, you may need to wait several months for the implant to combine with the bone or you may be able to get your replacement tooth at the same visit. For one tooth, the dentist will create a custom tooth, or crown, which will blend in with your natural teeth. For multiple teeth, your dentist will use an implant-supported bridge.
How Do I Care For My Dental Implant?
After you receive your implant, you'll want to continue to take care of your new tooth just like your regular teeth. You'll need to brush and floss your implant to keep it healthy. Remember to schedule follow-up visits with your dentist to make sure you stay in top oral health. If you live in the Newcastle area and are considering an implant, contact Morrin Dental for a consultation today.