Your natural teeth help you chew food, speak and they maintain the shape of your face. The teeth deserve utmost care and protection since they play a crucial role in overall health of a person. Loss of natural tooth can lead to poor oral health and affect the quality of life. A dentist recommends restoring a lost tooth with a suitable replacement to aid tooth functions and prevent dental problems. Among the different forms of restorations recommended by dental professionals, dental implant has a prominent position because of its functional benefits and the longevity. At Smiles of Cary, our dental team has successfully restored lost teeth using dental implants in many of our patients from Cary and surrounding communities. Our dental implants have improved oral health of our patients who are happy to be able to eat their favorite food today. If you or any of your family members have a lost tooth, make an appointment and visit our dental office. Our restorative solutions can bring back a healthy smile in you.
Tooth loss in adults may occur due to accidents, gum disease or tooth decay. The loss creates an imbalance in the oral cavity and leads to many oral health and overall health problems.
When there are few teeth missing in the oral cavity, the patient loses confidence to eat hard food items which can have a significant impact on the nutritional intake and overall health of the patient. Tooth restorations are aimed at addressing all or most of these issues and improving oral health.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium or zirconium. They are surgically inserted in the jawbone of the patient. The implants act as a foundation to dental prostheses that replace lost teeth. The best part of dental implant is its ability to integrate with the bone which gives the restoration higher stability and strength. The chewing efficiency of implanted tooth is about 100%. That is why implants are considered to be the next best thing to natural teeth. Once in place, the restoration does not require much rework or maintenance. With proper care implanted tooth can last for 20 years or more.
As stated above, implants are artificial teeth roots that are inserted into the jawbone through surgery. For the surgery to be successful, patients must have sufficient supporting bone to hold the implant. The initial visit of the patient to our Cary office involves comprehensive dental examination, where our team checks the status of teeth, gums and the supporting bone structure. X-rays may be taken to see if there is sufficient jawbone. If the patient is suffering from gum disease, the condition may have to be treated before going ahead with the surgery. Our dentist Dr. Ferzli also makes note of the patient’s medical history. Conditions like uncontrolled diabetes and cases where patients have undergone radiation therapy in the head or neck region may raise concerns. On confirmation that the patient has healthy supporting bone structure, our dentist sets a treatment plan and explains it to the patient. The whole restoration process may take few months to complete but the time is worth investing, considering the fact that the patient gets a permanent replacement to lost tooth.
The surgery is performed with the help of local anesthesia. An incision is made in the gums to access the supporting bone structure. A series of drills are used to create a bony recess and the implant is carefully torqued in planned position. An implant cap is fixed over the implant and the gums are sutured back after the process. The implant is left to heal for next few months. During the follow-up visits, our dentist checks for completion of Osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process where the bone forms a functional bond with the implant. This is crucial for the success of the restoration procedure. Once Osseointegration is complete, our dentist takes impressions of teeth and gets a crown fabricated at the lab. The implant cap is removed and an abutment is fixed over the implant. Once the permanent crown is delivered to our office, we check for fit and bond it in place using dental cement or screw. This completes the tooth restoration procedure. Our team explains patients how to care for implanted tooth.