Missing teeth affect your smile aesthetics and cause bone deterioration over time. A missing tooth also causes the shifting of the other teeth towards the gap, leading to an improper bite. If you are looking to fill the gaps in your smile, Midtown East dental implants should be your ultimate choice.
What should you know about dental implants?
Dental implants refer to the screw-like posts that provide a sturdy foundation for artificial teeth while eliminating the gaps in your smile. The professional team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates uses dental impressions to personalize designs and manufacture durable restorations such as implant-supported bridges and crowns to attach to the dental implants. Before getting an implant, your provider may perform implant surgery to remove the remaining part of the damaged tooth.
The team then makes a small incision in your gum, exposing the jawbone and embedding the implant into it. After your surgery, you may need to go home and wait until you heal before attaching a crown or bridge to the implant. After the implant joins your jawbone, a process known as osseointegration, you can return for your abutment.
What parts does a dental implant consist of?
Dental implants consist of three parts: abutment, dental prosthetic, and fixture. Each component has a unique function.
The fixture, also known as an implant post, refers to a tiny screw that your provider places into your jawbone to function as a tooth root. Most implants are made from titanium because of their biocompatibility.
The abutment refers to a small piece that connects the prosthetic and the fixture. After your implant fuses with your jawbone, you will need a second surgery that involves the placement of the abutment piece through a small incision over your implant.
The dental prosthetic
The dental prosthetic can be a crown, denture, or bridge, depending on your preferences. Crowns can replace single or multiple teeth not adjacent to one another; bridges replace missing teeth. Dentures can replace a mouthful of missing teeth.
Are dental implants painful?
You may experience mild discomfort during the procedure that dissipates after a few days. Most patients claim that a tooth extraction is more painful than a dental implant. Dr. Aaronson & Associates team may administer local anesthesia before the procedure to prevent discomfort. After the procedure, you may notice mild soreness, which you can relieve with over-the-counter medications like Motrin and Tylenol.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
During your first appointment, the team conducts a comprehensive dental exam to determine if you are eligible for an implant. The team may also study your medical history for more information. Your bone density and overall health determine if dental implants are safe for you.
If your bone mass is not enough to support an implant, your provider may recommend a bone graft to support the implant. Dr.Aaronson addresses any dental issues or misalignments before conducting the implant surgery.
To eliminate the gaps in your teeth, make a direct call to Dr. Aaronson & Associates’ office or schedule your appointment online.