Do you seldom smile? If you are missing teeth and feeling self-conscious about your smile, dental implants might be just what you need to restore your confidence.
Dental implants are a popular method for replacing missing teeth, as an alternative to dentures for example. A dental implant is essentially an artificial root that is installed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place. It fuses with the bone, and thus becomes a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Wondering if dental implants are for you? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions:
How can implants help me?
Implants resolve issues related to having damaged teeth, such as problems with chewing, digestion or speech. They also help minimize shifting teeth by eliminating the space near missing teeth.
What material is used?
Implants are made from high-grade titanium.
How long do they last?
The root itself can last many years, even a lifetime.
“The root itself can last many years, even a lifetime.”
What does the procedure entail?
First, X-rays and impressions are taken of the teeth and jaw. This is to determine how much space is available for the implant based on the amount of bone and gum tissue. The implant is then surgically placed into the bone. After some time, the bone heals and attaches itself to the implant. This process is called “osseointegration.” Once everything has healed, the replacement tooth (or teeth) are placed.
Will they look like my real teeth?
Yes! The replacement teeth are designed to look, feel and function the same as your natural teeth.
How do I take care of them?
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. It is important to continue regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Implants stay in your mouth like your natural teeth, so you avoid the discomforts associated with removable teeth. They do not interfere with eating or speaking, your teeth will not move around, and there are no messy adhesives to deal with. Another bonus? Artificial teeth cannot get cavities!
“They do not interfere with eating or speaking, your teeth will not move around,
and there are no messy adhesives to deal with.”
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Ideally, patients should have healthy teeth and gums and be in good overall health. There should be enough bone in the jaw to be able to securely support the implant. Heavy smokers and patients with certain chronic illnesses might not be good candidates for this procedure.
Schedule a Free Consultation to see if you would be a good candidate!