Replacing Your Missing Tooth with A Dental Implant
Do you have missing or broken teeth? Consider replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant. Missing teeth can really affect our self confidence. Perhaps you find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh or unwilling to smile for photographs?
Dentists observe this behaviour all the time. It’s saddening to see people censoring expressions of joy when gaps in teeth can be so easily fixed. One of the best ways is with dental implants.
A dental implant is made up of two pieces; an artificial root made of titanium which is permanently implanted into the jaw. This provides an anchor for a replacement tooth made from realistic-looking ceramic.
Dental implants restore your smile and nobody can tell they aren’t real. But the real benefit of implants over dentures or false plates is that they are fixed in place. You no longer need to worry about them moving or falling out when you’re talking or eating and they feel natural.
And you can choose whatever you like from the menu – corn on the cob, spare ribs or even nut brittle – without fear that your teeth are going to let you down. Dental implants really are the closest thing to having your own teeth back.
Not just about looks
Living with a missing tooth not only has an impact on your confidence, it can also have a big impact on the health of your mouth. Once a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth can start to drift and change position. This can cause your bite to change and you may end up putting pressure on different teeth than you were before. Unfortunately, if left untreated, this could lead to further tooth problems like the fracture of teeth or fillings, or even other teeth becoming loose.
Another side effect of this drifting is that spaces start to open up between the remaining teeth. In some cases, where teeth have been overcrowded, this is desirable. But, in other cases, it can be extremely annoying, creating gaps between teeth where food becomes stuck. And if you’re not really thorough with cleaning, you might find cavities become a more regular occurrence.
By having a dental implant, the gap left by a missing tooth is filled, which means your teeth stay put. Using digital technology, your dentist will ensure the crown or denture created to go on top off the titanium root is exactly the right shape and size. This will make sure you have a well-balanced and harmonious bite, preventing pressure from being transferred to other teeth.
Are dental implants the right option for you?
So, you’ve heard all about the benefits of dental implants – what’s stopping you? Perhaps you think the procedure sounds very invasive?
Dental implants do require oral surgery, however modern technology has come a long way in the last couple of decades. Implantation can be done more quickly and gently than it could in the past and the surgery may take just an hour. Of course, local anesthesia is used to numb the mouth and prevent you from feeling pain, but if you are especially nervous, Ocean Dental Marbella offers IV sedation and even full general anesthesia.
IV sedation is a safe, popular option as you will be deeply relaxed during the procedure but remain awake with little or no memory of it afterwards. If you choose this option, you will stay in the clinic an hour following your treatment to recover.
Another common worry when it comes to dental implants is the cost. It’s true, they can be more expensive when compared to some other options such as dentures or bridges but they offer significantly better performance and a much longer lifespan. Where a denture might have to be replaced every 5-7 years, a well cared for implant can last a patient for the rest of their life.
The cost of a single dental implant with a final crown at Ocean Dental Marbella starts from €1,500 (additional charges apply for x-rays and scans). We can help you access immediate finance for dental work, meaning you can have treatment now and pay in manageable instalments. Investing in dental implants can save you money in the long run and prevent future problems from arising.
How dental implants offer the most secure option
Dental implants function like real teeth because they essentially become a part of your body. The titanium fuses to your jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration, which takes around four months.
During this process, you will have a temporary fixed denture, but when the gum tissues are fully healed, a permanent prosthesis will be screwed or cemented to the implant. Because implants are so exceptionally strong, several teeth can be replaced by one implant if they’re bridged together.
With a fixed prosthesis, you don’t have to worry about taking teeth out to clean them. You simply care for your implants in exactly the same way you care for the rest of your teeth; with regular brushing/flossing and professional hygiene visits. Your new tooth (or teeth) looks and functions just like a natural healthy tooth and will give you a lifetime of reliable performance. You’ll never have to hide your smile again!
Interested to learn more about dental implants, financing or IV sedation? Contact Ocean Dental Marbella on (+34) 951 77 55 18 or email email@example.com