Do you hide your smile or feel bad about your smile? When you see someone make a big, wide grin that lights up the room do you experience a sense of envy? Have you become self-conscious when talking, eating, or smiling in other people’s presence?
These feelings can make you regret the day you lost your tooth or noticed your gums were decaying and didn’t hop right on the problem. In addition to suffering from psychological issues such as loss of confidence and composure in a group, with a significant other or at public forums, you may also be struggling with a nagging toothache or other oral health problem. Maybe your dentist has even confirmed your fears and told you that you have periodontal disease or other issues that need to be addressed.
But you don’t have to linger in discomfort or forever hide your smile or put on a long face because you’ve lost a tooth. You can get your dental issues addressed and beam a smile to the world and regain your confidence again with a trip to your dentist and, if need be, a dental implant that will give you a new tooth that functions, feels and looks shiny white and natural.
Here’s what you need to know about a dental implant and deciding whether or not it’s right for you.
What a Dental Implant Is
“A dental implant is a replacement tooth, made of titanium metal and bone-like ceramic materials, that is surgically fused to the jawbone and effectively replaces and functions in place of the original root and tooth. This procedure is carried out by an oral surgeon or periodontist.” – Woodborough House - Leading Cosmetic Dentists
There are two types of dental implants:
Is it Right for You?
Yes, if you’re generally in good health, eat well, and have adequate bone height to support the implant. However, if the height of your jawbone is inadequate, it might need to be built-up before the implant.
Other reasons why a dental implant will look great on you:
They look great - They fit in so naturally and stay put so well that you might forget you’d lost a tooth in the first place. And, yes, a great smile can make you look great.
They save your other teeth - Implants are not attached or anchored to the adjacent teeth, so your oral health is very intact. No fear of tooth decay.
Your get your confidence back - No more worrying about your denture and hiding your smile instead of simply reacting naturally to the jokes your best friend regularly likes to tell you. With a dental implant, that’s very much a part of history. You can be sure of a more confident, happier you wherever and with whoever you’re with.
No pullouts - Unlike dentures or bridges, you don’t have to worry about misplacing your implants or replacing them soon. Dental implants fit in naturally and your adjacent teeth don’t have to be shifted. Your jawbone and the contours of face are also preserved.
What to Expect During a Dental Implant
A dental implant is done in-office with use of local anesthesia. You may experience some pain and swelling in the mouth, which will be soothed with prescribed medications. Your diet during this healing process should mostly consist of soft, cold or lukewarm food. Note that that unhealthy oral habits like smoking, as well as chronic diseases like diabetes and leukemia can slow down or impede the healing process.
Your dentist will give a period of two to six months before inserting the artificial tooth on the implant, allowing the bone and the crown to fuse together, which is called osseointegration.