Whether you lose teeth to dental disease or facial trauma, you’re left with a gap in your smile that can make you feel too self-conscious to smile. You can also have a number of other issues, such as an inability to properly chew your food, shifting teeth, and a sagging jawline. Dental implants in Stuart, FL, are a popular tooth replacement option because they look and function just like natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of an abutment, crown, and implant body. The first step in getting dental implants is for Dr. Panchal or Dr. Cogan to use a dental drill to place the body of the implant rod into your jawbone.
You then need to wait several weeks to a few months for your jaw to heal. A process called ossification occurs during this time. The term ossification refers to the rod from the implant body fusing with your remaining jawbones if you still have any of your natural teeth remaining.
The abutment is a small piece of metal that attaches to the implant body on one end and the crown, also known as an artificial tooth or denture, on the other. You will start to enjoy the benefits of your oral surgery once all parts of the dental implant are in place, such as increased chewing ability and a more attractive smile.
Factors to Consider When Considering Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
Smoking has a significant impact on the long-term success of dental implants. If you currently smoke, form a plan to quit as far in advance of your surgery as possible. You should come prepared to discuss your health history and the medications you take when you schedule your consultation with Dr. Panchal or Dr. Cogan. We are happy to answer any additional questions you have about dental implants in Stuart, FL, at that time.