Having missing teeth can have consequences on your oral health that you may not be aware of. You probably are already aware that it can be inconvenient to have a gap in your mouth, either because it inhibits your ability to eat and speak comfortably or because it causes you to be self-conscious about your smile. However, many people don’t realize that leaving a gap in the mouth untreated could allow the remaining teeth to change position. As they shift along the gum line into the empty space, your bite could be changed. Additionally, because the bone is no longer being stimulated by regular chewing motions, it can start to recede, potentially leading to a change in the facial structure. A good option for restoring missing teeth is dental implants. You can find this procedure at the dental office of Dr. John Ledakis in West Palm Beach, FL.
Unlike dentures (and partials) and bridges, which are dental prosthetics that are either worn on the gums or attached to nearby teeth, dental implants are not the actual tooth restoration. They are small metal posts that are inserted directly into the jawbone. The dental prosthetic – usually fixed dentures – are then attached to the implants.
The procedure to have dental implants placed is a surgical procedure that will require some type of anesthesia. It takes two appointments over the span of several months to complete the procedure. After Dr. Ledakis has ensured that you are a good candidate for dental implants and has gotten a detailed look at the structure of the jaw, he will put the implants in place during the initial appointment. It will take several months for the implants to fuse completely into the jawbone as you recover and heal in West Palm Beach, FL. Once this process has completed, Dr. Ledakis will attach the dental prosthetic to the metal post.