Missing Teeth? Dental Implants in Coeur d’Alene, ID Can Replace Them

It’s very upsetting when a person is in an accident and injures their teeth. Often they also have broken bones and internal bleeding. It can be very demoralizing for them to look in the mirror and see giant gaps in their smile. Their emergency dentist can quickly reassure them, that they can successfully restore their smile. Once the patient is on the mend, the dentist can explain how Implants function.

It’s best to have a dental implant as soon as possible after the tooth has been extracted. Once a person’s jawbone doesn’t have a tooth root to support, it deteriorates quickly. If the patient waits to long it won’t have the mass or size to support an implant. In this case, an oral surgeon would have to perform a bone graft to augment the jaw, if the patient still wanted to have an implant in Coeur d’Alene ID. That procedure takes several months to heal.

A dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into the patient’s jaw. Once the jaw has accepted the implant and bonded with it, the implant is as strong as the original root. It can take between six and eight weeks for the implant to become completely integrated into the jaw bone. The dentist then attaches a gold post to the implant. This is used to secure a porcelain crown on top of the implant. This can take several additional weeks to heal. Then the dentist takes an impression of the post and creates a porcelain crown to fit on top of it. The result is a realistic tooth. No one will ever guess that it’s not the original tooth.

If a person has had to have all of their teeth extracted, they will have to have a full set of dentures made. These are very realistic and no one will think that the beautiful smile they are looking at is a set of dentures. However, some people do have a problem with dentures that slip when they speak or eat. Dental implants can help in this case as well. Several implants are inserted in the upper and lower jaws. Instead of having crowns on top they have small metal balls that snap on to the bottom of dentures to hold them securely in place. Visit LakeviewDentalClinic.com to see how implants work.

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