Dental implants are a fixed solution for replacing missing teeth and are an alternative to having removable partial or complete dentures. In some cases, implants can also provide excellent support and stability for these removable dentures.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Dentist or Periodontist (gum specialist). Implants appear very natural and can tremendously enhance a patient’s smile!
What happens if I lose a back tooth?
If a back tooth is lost, it can have a significant effect on one’s appearance. Teeth shift when the missing tooth is no longer there to support the others, creating changes in your bite. A sinking or puckering may also become obvious between the cheeks and mouth, and lips may look thinner and straighter. There are many options for replacement; bridges, implants, or partials may be a good option. Talk with us about what option will work best for you.
Bone loss in the jaw will always follow the loss of a tooth and can cause facial changes, speech changes and diet changes. Dental implants can restore normal eating and speaking abilities and enhance facial appearance.
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?
Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile’s appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:
Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
Restore your confident smile
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
Restore or enhance facial tissues
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. After deciding that an implant is right for you, X-rays and impressions (models) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself into the bone for up to six months. After this time, a crown can be placed that will function like a natural tooth!