Missing teeth can cause you to feel negative emotions about yourself and can prevent you from eating normally. Fortunately, you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants. If you have never researched dental implants, you should know the process does not happen overnight. However, you can leave the dental office on the first day with a new temporary tooth in place. Here are some things you need to know:
How Can You Get a Replacement Tooth on the First Day?
To start the tooth restoration process, the oral surgeon will look at your mouth and your missing tooth or teeth. He or she will determine if your mouth and jawbone are strong enough to support a dental implant. Once it is determined you are a good candidate, you then begin the process of placing dental implants.
The process of getting dental implants can take several months. Fortunately, you can leave the office with a temporary tooth in place to help fill the space left by the missing tooth. The process starts with the oral surgeon placing a screw into the jawbone where your tooth is missing. A temporary tooth is then placed on the end of the screw so you can leave with a tooth where you once had an open space.
In some cases, your implant may not support a temporary tooth. There may be a weakness in your jawbone that cannot support the tooth until the dental implant fully heals. When the jawbone is strong enough, and you do not have any other problems with your mouth, you can begin the process of getting a new tooth.
Once the dental implants are fully healed and completely fused to the jawbone, your oral surgeon will place a fully customized porcelain crown. The crown is designed to match the color and shape of your other teeth so it looks as natural as possible. The crown is then connected to the end of the implant. The final crown is permanent and takes the place of your missing tooth.
What Makes You a Good Candidate for a Temporary Tooth?
As previously mentioned, there are some instances in which you may or may not get a temporary tooth after the first part of the procedure. To be a good candidate, your missing tooth should be in a place where you can see it if you smile. Your jawbone and gums should be relatively healthy. If you are not a good candidate for a temporary tooth, you can ask about getting a temporary bridge to place in the open space instead.