Dental Implants: Will My New Teeth Look Natural?
Tooth loss is never easy to accept. But if you are able to replace one or more lost teeth with something that looks and feels like your own teeth, you might be able to embrace dental implants as the solution you didn’t know existed until now.
A dental implant is a small screw like device usually made from titanium that is surgically placed in the gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. The implant is intended to fuse to your bone during the healing period, usually about six months. At the conclusion of the healing process, once your implant dentist is satisfied that the fusion has been successful, a final restoration will be placed permanently over the implant.
Before embarking on implant surgery, your dental provider will review your overall general health to make sure you are a good candidate for this procedure. A thorough dental exam is also conducted often including x-rays to determine that the bone structure needed to support the implant is sufficient.
Patients who smoke are strongly encouraged to quit before entering into dental implant treatment as smoking is a big contributor to implant failure.
Once an implant is placed and during the healing process, a temporary restoration will be placed over the implant to protect the area. This time is critical so daily flossing and brushing twice per day are important to prevent risk from infection. For patients faced with the probability of grinding or clenching, your implant dentist might fit you with a mouth guard to make sure the implant is not in danger of moving.
A dental implant becomes part of your permanent dental anatomy and is intended to perform the similar functions as the root of your tooth. The final restoration will be placed over the implant, and you will realize the similar strength and stability you once enjoyed prior to tooth loss. Your dentist will be able to match the shape and shade of your natural teeth, and once permanently placed your “replacement teeth” are virtually undetectable.
The aesthetics of your final restoration will provide you with natural looking teeth plus the functionality once enjoyed before tooth loss and the implant procedure. A consultation is the first step to realizing how you can benefit from dental implants. Contact the Pittsburgh office at 412-391-3003 or the Moon Township office at 412-262-1001 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Garry J. Bloch.