When you are missing a tooth, it impacts your daily life in many ways. Eating and chewing the foods you love can become a challenge. You may also find yourself avoiding interactions with other people because of your appearance. Dental implants can help improve your smile after tooth loss.
Dental implants utilize a titanium post that is placed into your jaw bone during a simple surgical procedure that replaces your lost tooth root. Because titanium is biocompatible, it naturally fuses with your bone and becomes a stable part of your dental anatomy. It also works to keep your bone stimulated and healthy just like your natural tooth root did.
It takes a few months for your implant to heal. After this process is complete, Dr. Smith can cover the implant with a beautifully customized porcelain crown, bridge, or dentures. These restorations return both function and aesthetics.
Besides protecting your oral health, dental implants offer numerous additional benefits:
Dental implants are also capable of replacing multiple teeth by supporting prosthetics such as dentures, partials, or a dental bridge. By choosing dental implants to support your bridge or denture, you will also receive the benefits of keeping the bone healthy, which will ensure that you get the most out of your prosthetic.
Dr. Smith is excited to provide her patients with this innovative treatment option. She can determine if dental implants are right for your needs with an examination and x-rays of your teeth and jawbone. She will guide you through the process each step of the way working closely with a trusted oral surgeon for the placement of your implant.
While the implant acts as an artificial tooth root to support jaw health, it does not look or function like a tooth. The actual artificial teeth are called restorations. Once dental implant surgery is complete and you have healed, it is possible to fit you with various types of replacement teeth. These are carefully crafted in a dental lab in order to ensure they look exactly how you would like. We will help you choose the best size, shape, and color for any restorations so they look beautiful and natural.
Your options include:
It is estimated that 178 million people in the United States are missing one or more teeth, so you are not alone. We understand how much missing teeth can impact your confidence and your day-to-day life and we are here to help. Dental implants can help prevent bone loss in your jaw and restorations can give you a gorgeous, natural-looking new smile.