Dental Implants For Missing Teeth
What are dental implants?
Dental Implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are inserted into your jawbone during a surgical procedure that takes place in the dental office. After the dental implant has been secured into the bone they provide permanent support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Over 60 years of clinical research shows that dental implants can be very successful.
Why replace missing teeth and why with dental implants?
Once a tooth/teeth are lost, gaps or spaces are created which can affect your ability to chew properly and speak properly. Also, the jawbone beneath an area where a tooth is gone shrinks in size over time from lack of stimulation. When bone shrinks the shape of your face can change and this affects your smile and the way you look. Like natural teeth, dental implants prevent bone loss by stimulating the bone.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Most people find dental implant surgery easy to tolerate. Post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication or pain-relievers. Not all cases are the same, therefore all surgical post-operative expectations are tailored and thoroughly reviewed before any implant surgery.
How do you care for dental implants?
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
There is a good chance that you are. However, this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Call the office to schedule a consultation if you would like to begin the process of restoring your smile and bite with dental implants.