If you’re missing a few teeth, dental implants are a very natural-looking solution that can enhance or restore your smile. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist. Read more to see if you are a candidate to undergo a dental implant procedure and what you can expect so that you can make a healthy, informed decision about your smile.
Will You Benefit From Dental Implants?
A lack of oral hygiene is frequently the reason for tooth loss, but buildup of plaque or tartar, tooth decay, or gum disease can also be the cause. However, some people lose teeth in more uncommon ways, like when they’re injured playing sports or from an unfortunate car accident. Some are simply born missing teeth. No matter how you may have lost a tooth, dental implants can help give you a healthy and full smile.
What to Expect With a Dental Implant Procedure
After an initial consultation that involves x-rays and impressions, or molds, we will create a plan for replacing your lost tooth or teeth. The first step involves placing a dental implant in the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Pain is typically minimal and can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Next, the healing process begins as the implant and jawbone slowly grow together. After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are custom made and securely attached to the implant, bringing stability and comfort to the patient.
A Smile to Last a Lifetime
The confidence and self-esteem that dental implants provide is just as important as the structural benefits. A full, healthy smile will mean you’ll be able to eat more comfortably, smile and laugh without pain.
“Beyond restoring a beautiful smile, implants restore a person’s ability to live life to the fullest.” – AAID President, Duke Heller, DDS, FAAID, DABOI/ID.
If you have questions about dental implants, talk to us at your next appointment. We’re here to help you feel confident and show off your smile.