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Are all the smiles in your selfies pensive rather than pretty because of missing teeth? With innovations in dentistry, you can now replace those missing teeth and restore your self-confidence.
Our dentists have been specially trained in dental implants, a treatment that will be a permanent solution to your smile woes, allowing you to eat and laugh with comfort for years to come.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a long-lasting tooth replacement option that will make eating and speaking easier and more pleasurable.
Implants are small titanium posts surgically placed into your jawbone where you have a missing tooth or teeth. The post replaces your tooth root and can be topped with a crown, bridge or denture. After a few weeks, the implant will fuse with the jawbone offering stability to the prosthetic tooth and giving you the freedom to resume normal biting and chewing.
Whether it is one tooth, several teeth, or implant-supported dentures, this procedure has the potential to change your life.
Why Should I Get a Dental Implant?
An implant is revitalizing and will give you a permanent artificial tooth that acts just like your natural ones.
Your dental implants will not affect any adjacent teeth and, with attentive dental hygiene, your implants can last a lifetime.
Another novel use of implants is to support a full row of replacement teeth. Removable dentures can fit poorly, slip or fall out unexpectedly. Also, removable dentures can impact how you talk; your words may be slurred or you may mumble. An implant-supported denture eliminates these annoyances and gives you teeth 24-hours-a-day, without a need for denture adhesive or overnight cleansing.
Of course, the biggest benefit is a dazzling smile that restores your self-confidence.
Other Benefits of Dental Implants
If the promise of an improved smile isn’t enough to persuade you that implants are an option to consider, other benefits for this cosmetic treatment include:
- Implants look and act like natural teeth – They are strong and stable.
- Implants last a long time – Traditional dental bridges are designed to last five to seven years. Implants should last the rest of your life with proper care and attention.
- No slippage – Because the implants are permanently imbedded in your jaw, they provide a stable anchor for a denture.
- Enjoy life – You no longer need to hide from a camera or cover your mouth as you speak or eat. Your new, natural-looking teeth will allow you join in the fun, smile wide, and go for the full-belly laugh.
- Eat what you want – Your days of eating only soft food is over. Eat what you like – including steak.
- Preserve bone – After you lose a tooth, your jawbone in that area will eventually begin to deteriorate. A dental implant will stimulate bone growth, just as a natural tooth does.
- Retain the shape of your face – When your jawbone deteriorates, it may affect the shape of your face, causing it to sag or appear sunken. Implants prevent this from occurring by keeping your facial proportions intact. It also may reduce premature wrinkling.
- No cavities – Unlike natural teeth, dental implants will never get cavities.
What to Expect during Implant Surgery
After an exam and X-rays, your mouth will be prepared for your oral surgery. If the implant is replacing a damaged tooth, it will be removed by our dentist. It also will be decided if there is enough natural jawbone to support your implant. If the amount of bone is insufficient, a bone graft will be performed.
Don’t worry, a bone graft is a routine part of implant surgery. During a graft, sterile bone granules that look similar to rough sand, are packed into the tooth socket. It is steeped in collagen and a few stitches will close your socket. Eventually, a reliable bed for the dental implant will grow.
Our dentist will place the implant post into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone over several weeks. For appearance sake, our dentist will place a temporary tooth in the affected area. Once the implant is fully integrated, the dentist will affix a color-matched, natural-looking crown, bridge or denture to the post.
How do I Care for Dental Implants?
You should treat your new implants as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss them daily and visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups.
You also should ditch damaging eating habits, avoiding ice, hard candy or other foods that could harm crowns and bridges as well as your natural teeth.
This also gives you another opportunity to perfect a thorough daily dental routine that should ensure a long life for your implants and remaining natural teeth.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Our team will help you determine an efficient way to afford for this restorative treatment. Every patient must weigh the pros and cons before agreeing to any surgical procedure, including investing in a long- term solution to a broken smile.
We are eager to talk with you about several payment options that will give you peace of mind as you journey toward an improved quality of life.
Call Today for a Dental Implant Consultation
We urge you to call our staff today to schedule an exam to help determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. We’ll answer your questions, discuss the timeline, and help you fit the cost into your family budget.
We are ready to help you with this important and revitalizing step that will help you eat, speak, and laugh again with self-confidence.