Dental Implants and the Golden Era of Cosmetic Dentistry

The golden age of Cosmetic Dentistry has arrived and it has gifted us with dental implants, which improve the appearance of our teeth, gums, and/or bite. It predominantly focuses on enhancement dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size…

The golden age of Cosmetic Dentistry has arrived and it has gifted us with dental implants, which improve the appearance of our teeth, gums, and/or bite. It predominantly focuses on enhancement dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment, and your smile experience.

In the following article regarding dental implants, it is elaborated that a person who has no background in dentistry should know about dental implants which not only fixes your teeth but also gives your pearly smile back.

Exactly what are dental implants?

Maybe you’ve heard people talk about dental implants. It’s been said that they’re modern dentistry’s best option for replacing missing teeth; That they offer the highest success rate of any tooth replacement procedure…

But, you may still be wondering: What exactly are dental implants? We’re glad you asked!

Picture a tooth… the kind you might see on an old-fashioned dentist’s sign. It has two main parts: The crown (the pearly-white part that shows up when you smile), and the root, the part below the gum line that anchors the tooth in the jaw. A dental implant permanently replaces the root part of the tooth with a special metal insert that’s placed in the jawbone with minor surgery. A crown restoration — that is, a prosthetic tooth that’s created to look and function just like your natural teeth — is then placed atop the implant. Together, they make an implant a complete tooth replacement system.

What’s so great about this system? Essentially, it’s the fact that the titanium metal of which the implant is made has a very special property: It can integrate (fuse) with the living bone of your jaw, a process called osseo-integration. That’s what allows an implant that has been properly placed to remain looking good and functioning well for a long, long time. And isn’t that what everyone wants from their teeth?

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What you just read tells us about the advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Through Dental Implants, you will be able to smile again confidently. In the next article, there are reasons provided for you so that the hesitation towards the dental implant procedure goes away.

3 reasons why you shouldn’t be nervous about implant surgery

The procedure is precisely planned

Implant surgery is a relatively minor procedure, mainly because all the placement details are often mapped out ahead of time. For complex situations your dentist can use x-ray or CT imaging to determine the exact location for each implant and create a surgical guide to use during the procedure to make incisions and create the small channel that will hold the implant.

Implant surgery can be performed with local anesthesia

Implantation is usually easier than tooth extraction — if you’re healthy enough for that procedure you should have no problem undergoing implant surgery. With a local anesthetic, your dentist will numb only the implant site and surrounding tissues while you remain conscious. If, however, you have any anxiety your dentist can also include a sedative or anti-anxiety medication before proceeding.

There’s minimal discomfort afterward

Thanks to the pre-planned surgical guide and advanced implantation techniques, there’s very little tissue disruption and incised tissues are normally stitched with self-absorbing sutures. While some cases may require stronger pain relievers, most of the time a mild non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin or ibuprofen is sufficient for discomfort afterward. A few weeks after bone integration your dentist will attach the permanent like-like crown, and you’ll be ready for many years of full function and a confident smile.

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See there is no reason for you to worry about your implant procedure and you should also not waver from recommending Dental implants to anyone.

The advantages of dental implants to replace missing teeth

The closest thing to natural teeth

Many patients visiting our Glasgow dental practice are distressed about losing their natural teeth and are looking for a solution that restores function as well as appearance. Dental implants do both. They are the closest thing to natural teeth and, with proper care and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, will last you upwards of 25 years. They integrate directly with your jaw bone, acting as the roots of your natural teeth. This means that they provide firm support for replacement teeth – dentures, crowns, or bridges – enabling you to bite and chew a full and healthy diet. This is a particular benefit for patients who have been wearing traditional unsecured dentures for some time, who find that their diet may be restricted to soft foods.

Preventing bone loss and facial sagging

Another advantage of dental implants is that, because they integrate with your jaw bone, they help to prevent the problems of bone loss and associated skin sagging that plague patients wearing unsecured dentures. At our Glasgow dental practice, we can help patients who have already suffered bone loss and facial sagging with a combination of bone grafts, dental implants, and facial rejuvenation treatments, to give you back a more youthful appearance. When you come for your initial consultation, your implant dentist will be able to advise you if you need a bone graft before having implant treatment, to maximize the chances of successful treatment.

Even if you don’t have a chipped or broken tooth, but the alignment of your jawline may not be perfect. This could make you self-conscious nervous while smiling. Dental Implants could be your solution.

Stephen Nozaki, DDS, MPH, DIDIA

Dr. Stephen Nozaki is the owner and lead dentist at Image Dental in Stockton. He is a dedicated professional born and raised in California's Central Valley. With a commitment to his community, he brings advanced dental techniques learned from extensive education and continuous training from around the world. A third-generation Japanese American, Dr. Nozaki has a rich background that includes international living and a deep passion for both dentistry and outdoor activities. His focus in dentistry aligns with his passion for cosmetics and dental implants.