Anyone who has experienced the loss of one or more teeth knows the feeling of dread when they open their mouth in public. Missing teeth, whether very visible or not, can result in a loss of self confidence. Compounding the embarrassment about your appearance is the difficulty with chewing and speaking clearly. Thankfully, dental implants offer a solution that closely resembles your natural teeth.
How are Dental Implants Superior to Other Teeth Replacement Options?
The dental implant procedure provides tooth replacement that is permanent, looks just like your natural teeth, and feels so good you will forget that you ever suffered from tooth loss.
Your dentist will consult with you to discuss everything you need to know about the procedure, post operative care, and what you can expect from aesthetics to functionality. Tobacco users will be advised to quit as smokers are more likely to experience implant failure than non-users. Instructions on keeping the implant area clean to prevent infection will be explained as well.
X-rays will help determine bone strength. If bone augmentation is required, this may be done in a separate procedure before placing the implant or at the same time that the implant is placed.
The titanium implant is surgically placed in gum tissue. Titanium is often the preferred metal as it has the unique ability for bone and implant to merge completely, incorporating the implant to become a permanent part of your smile.
The healing process follows wherein bone is merging with the implant, a process referred to as osseointegration. The implant is designed to provide the support needed for the cosmetic restoration.
Your Confident Smile Starts Today
When completely healed, an abutment will be secured to the implant. The replacement tooth is tried in, and then cemented to the abutment.
From this day forward, you will not hesitate to smile, laugh, talk, or eat in public because you will be brimming with self confidence. You will be able to enjoy all your favorite foods without worry.
Your dental implant is designed to last for your lifetime. Simply care for it by brushing and flossing daily, and schedule six month cleanings and exams with our dentist.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our team today and schedule a consultation.