If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist will likely talk to you about getting a crown, bridge, or dentures. He or she may also discuss dental implants Brooklyn. If you are planning to visit a dentist soon, it is a good idea to learn about implants so you will better understand your options.
Implants Are Placed in the Jawbone
Titanium implants are very strong pieces of metal that are generally shaped like a screw. They are designed to act like the root of the original teeth. They are placed in the bone and usually take time to integrate with the bone. Once they are integrated with the jawbone, they are very strong. It can take a couple of months or more for this to occur. Your dentist will usually provide you with a temporary crown while you allow the titanium to bond with the bone.
Because the titanium is surgically placed in the bone, it actually doesn’t hurt as much as pulling teeth because there is much less pressure. In addition, you will usually be given something to reduce the pain.
Crowns Are Attached to the Implant
Once you are healed, your dentist will put on the permanent crowns. It may take a couple of appointments to be fitted for your crowns and then have them installed. However, with updated dental technology, some dentists can create a crown while you wait. The amount of time it takes will likely depend on how many teeth you are replacing. Because the crowns are created to be the size, color, and shape of original teeth, they generally look very natural.
If you are struggling with your self-image because you don’t like the way your teeth look or you have missing teeth, now may be the time to find out what your options are. Dental implants are compatible with most people and can make a big difference in a smile.