Are you missing one or more of your teeth? If so, dental implants may be the solution for you. With all the advances in implant dentistry, you’ll be amazed at how natural your restorations look, feel, and function. You don’t have to deal with bridges or dentures anymore. With dental implants, you can live your life to the fullest and smile with confidence once again!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. Your new restorations come in three parts. The first is a titanium post that serves as a replacement for your tooth root, followed by a connector called an abutment. The last part is a porcelain crown which is a custom-made artificial tooth designed to match neighboring teeth. Dental implants work well to replace missing teeth, or for increased confidence with implant-supported dentures or bridges.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the best alternative to your natural, healthy teeth. They are durable, with the potential of lasting a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants retain your facial structure and your smile. They are the only restorations that preserve your healthy bone and protect neighboring teeth. Spaces left by missing teeth may lead to bone loss and shifting of surrounding teeth, potentially leading to problems with your bite and painful jaw joints. With implants, you can eat, speak and smile with confidence!
What Is the Procedure?
During your implant surgery, your oral surgeon will place the titanium implant in the bone. It may take several months for the implant to fuse with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. When the healing is complete, we will place the abutment to connect the implant to your natural-looking porcelain crown, leaving you with a functional, natural-looking tooth.
It is often difficult to get a good fit with traditional dentures due to bone loss or shape of the mouth. Implant-supported dentures provide the stability needed to have great fitting dentures long term. The doctor will first surgically place special implants into the jaw bone. Once healing is complete, the denture is fastened into place using tiny “snaps” that allow the denture to attach to the implants in the jaw.
Implant-supported dentures are a more stable alternative to traditional dentures, be sure to ask your dentist about implant-supported dentures during your next visit!