If you have missing teeth, you might find day-to-day life a bit of a challenge. You may find yourself avoiding certain foods because they are suddenly difficult to eat. You might also feel embarrassed about the empty space in your mouth or worry that people will make judgments about you, so you find yourself avoiding social occasions.
You don’t have to live with missing teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or many, Dr. David Akkara of Hillcrest Dental in Orlando provides dental implant treatment to replace missing teeth, helping many patients improve their lives in the process.
What Are Dental Implants?
Made of titanium dental implants are placed into the jawbone in the space left behind by a missing tooth. Titanium is generally well accepted by the body and rarely rejected. After the dental implant has integrated into the jawbone—a process called osseointegration—a natural-looking dental crown is placed on top of the implant connector. Now you will have a replacement tooth that looks and functions very much like your natural teeth.
The Problem With Missing Teeth
Missing one or more teeth impacts your appearance, but it can also put the health of your remaining teeth at risk. If you are missing even one tooth and don’t have it replaced, this can lead to the loss of more teeth.
When a tooth is missing, your body stops sending nutrients to the site, causing the bone to shrink because there is no more tooth root to support. This is why denture wearers often develop a sunken-in, aged appearance—because the jawbone is shrinking.
Your bite is also impacted when teeth are missing. Picture a shelf of books and what happens when one book is removed: Adjacent books tip because of the empty space left behind. This is similar to what happens with your teeth when you don’t fill in the gap left by a missing tooth.
The Process of Placing the Dental Implants
Before placing the dental implants, Dr. Akkara will conduct an examination to ensure your jawbone is adequate to support them. After that, he will carefully plan where he will place the implants to ensure the best outcome. Next, he will need impressions of your jaw and teeth.
After the implant surgery, you will have to wait approximately four to six months for the implants to completely integrate into the bone. After that, the abutment and crown will be placed to finish the implants, and you’ll be ready to show off your beautiful new smile. Dental implants won’t move or shift, so you can speak, laugh, and eat with confidence.
Caring for Dental Implants
Dental implants are easy to care for: Brush and floss them just as you would your natural teeth. Although they cannot develop decay the way your teeth can, you can still develop gum disease so be sure to stay current with visits to the dentist for examinations and cleanings every six months.
Improve your smile and your life with natural-looking dental implants. Please call the Orlando dental office of Dr. Akkara today to find out more!