A dental implant is a great option to replace a missing tooth. Designed to look, feel and work like a natural tooth, they help restore function to your mouth, improve your speech and restore confidence in your smile.
Dental implants are essentially a tooth replacement (crown) on top of a titanium screw that is surgically placed into your jaw bone. They can be fitted in the front or back of your mouth, enhancing both aesthetics and function of your teeth.
In some cases, they can be attached at the same time as tooth removal. Other times, we have to wait for the jaw bone to heal after extraction before we can place an implant. Once the implant has integrated into the jaw bone, your dentist can screw a precisely fitted dental crown on top of the implant.
Dental implants offer many benefits including:
• improving the appearance of your smile
• restoring function to your mouth and teeth
• feeling just like a natural tooth
• offering a long-term solution – once integrated, they are usually there for life.
You want your dental implant to look like a real tooth and in order to achieve this aesthetic result, it is important that the implant process is planned carefully from the beginning. Your dentist will guide you through the entire process, which will take multiple appointments over several months.
Your dentist will give you instructions on how to look after yourself post-surgery. For the first few days, rest, take any prescribed medications, eat soft foods, drink lots of water and use ice packs to reduce swelling. If you experience bleeding, apply pressure with a clean handkerchief or gauze.
If you have a gap or a tooth that needs replacing, book a consultation to discuss dental implants with one of the many skilled dentists at Tauranga’s Duncan Dental.