By Holland Dentistry
June 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Summer is a time for enjoying outdoor activities such as swimming, hikes and other recreational activities. However, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and baseball – can put your teeth at risk for danger. What happens when you knock out your tooth or multiple teeth while participating in your favorite summer activity?
If you have lost a tooth, or multiple teeth, dental implants are an appropriate alternative to partial and full dentures or bridges. A dental implant works like a tooth and offers more comfort and stability than dentures while restoring your ability to chew food. Dental implants may also help to improve speech and facial appearance. Take the right step this summer and replace missing teeth with dental implants in Paducah from our dentist for improved confidence.
Implants: A Preferred Tooth Replacement Procedure
Dental implants are manufactured “anchors” that are used in both the upper and lower jaws. Surgically inserted into the jawbone, implants become a stable base for artificial replacement teeth. The implant acts as the root of the tooth, and when accompanied by a crown, bridge or denture, the implant will look and perform like the natural tooth that was lost.
Implant surgery is performed in your dentist’s office in a three step process. First, our dentist in Paducah, KY will surgically place an implant directly into the jawbone, replicating a natural tooth root. Following this is the initial surgery where the implant is typically left covered for three to six months to allow the bone to develop around the implant to help hold it in place. This process is called osseointegration. Without osseointegration taking place, the implant may fail.
Once osseointegration takes place our Paducah dentist will uncover the implant and attach an extension, or post. You will wait a couple more months for the gum tissue to heal around the post; with the final step taking place once healing is complete. Once healing is completed, the implant will serve as a foundation for the new tooth. Our dentist in Paducah will make a crown, or other artificial tooth replacement, and attach it to the implant post. The entire process can take up to nine months to complete, depending on each patient.
Wear Mouthguards to Prevent Tooth Loss
A mouthguard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect your teeth from trauma. You should wear a mouthguard to protect your mouth from injuries, such as losing a tooth or multiple teeth. Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard. Players participating in basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding, and bicycling should wear mouthguards. Take extra precautions in protecting your mouth from harmful injuries like tooth loss and wear a mouthguard.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but with proper consultation with our dentist in Paducah, KY a proper solution can be made for replacing your missing tooth. The best candidates for implants are in good general health with healthy gums and sufficient bone structure. Success of the implant depends on regular visits along with a personal commitment to good oral hygiene. Visit our office in Paducah to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.