Dental implants can not only repair your smile and bite but also help protect the remaining teeth you have to keep your smile radiant. Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that are surgically inserted into the upper or lower jaw bone.
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that features a titanium root. The root is placed into the jawbone and the bone grows into and around the implant in a process called osseointegration. Whenthis part of the process is complete, the replacement tooth is attached and the patient has a natural looking tooth that blends seamlessly with their other teeth.
The implant will not only replace the missing tooth, but preserve the remaining bone structure by stimulating the bone cells even after the natural tooth is removed. Dental implants will also help to preserve your facial structure to keep you looking your best!
Patients choose dental implants for the following reasons:
Other options can slip or shift in your mouth, but dental implants won’t move. This makes for greater comfort and confidence with the look and function of your smile.
Greater freedom when eating and speaking. Other options can prevent patients from chewing and talking comfortably. Alternatively, dental implants let patients eat what they want, when they want and to speak with ease.
Reduced or eliminated jawbone deterioration. When teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to shrink over time. Other options do very little to halt this problem. However, dental implants can help keep your jawbone from shrinking and deteriorating.
Dental implants are a great long-term investment. Unlike other options, dental implants can last for many decades with proper and correct care.
Look younger and feel more confident. Gaps in your smile can impact your confidence and leave you with a smile that looks years older than it actually is. Dental implants fill in sunken facial features, leaving you with a younger-looking and more confident smile.
Dental implants prevent surrounding teeth from shifting. When patients lose teeth, surrounding teeth can shift into the open spaces, further ruining your smile. Dental implants fill these spaces and help keep your smile in place.
Improved oral health. Empty spaces between teeth can collect plaque and food particles. This creates problems with oral health, increase decay, and put you at greater risk for developing gum disease. Filling these gaps prevents this from happening and improves your oral health.
Simplified oral hygiene routine. Other options can mean lots of extra steps and expensive products to keep your teeth clean. Dental implants require very little extra care. Simply brush and floss daily! You should also plan on visiting your dentist every six months to clean your implants and check them.
After determining that dental implants are the best choice for you, your dentist will begin your treatment by taking X-rays and impressions of your teeth and jaw to determine the bone height and width, available spacing for the implant as well as the gum tissue.
On your next appointment, your dentist will surgically place the implant into the bone structure. A period of osseo integration, the time needed for the implant to secure to the jaw bone, is crucial to the success of the implant and takes three to six months. If the osseo integration is not permitted to take place, the implant will fail.
During this time, a temporary restoration will be fitted while you wait for the implant to integrate into the bone structure. Once the implant is secure an artificial prosthesis, such as a crown or bridge, is secured to the implant giving the appearance, and function of a natural tooth allowing you to once again smile with confidence and pride!