Missing teeth? We can help! Our experienced dentists may recommend replacing your missing teeth with dental implants to fully restore your oral health and smile. Implants are considered the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth, giving you back your smile as well as promoting better long-term oral health and function.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that mimic natural teeth in both form and function. They consist of a titanium post inserted into the jawbone, acting as a sturdy foundation for the implant restoration, which replaces the crown of your missing tooth to complete your treatment. This innovative solution restores not only your smile but also your ability to chew and speak comfortably, boosting confidence and overall oral health.
Who Is A Candidate for Implant Dentistry?
Anyone who has lost a tooth is a candidate for implant dentistry. Ideal candidates will have good oral health and a strong jawbone, as this is crucial for successful implantation. Our dentists will evaluate your oral health, bone density and overall wellbeing to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. If you have a pre-existing condition, such as tooth decay or gum disease, or require a bone grafting procedure to ensure sufficient bone density, you will need to complete treatments for those conditions before you can receive a dental implant.
The Implant Procedure
The implant procedure is typically performed in several stages. Firstly, our dentists will surgically place the titanium post into your jawbone, allowing it to integrate with the bone over a few months. Once the post is securely fused, an abutment is attached to it, serving as a connector for the replacement tooth. Lastly, a custom-made restoration is affixed to the abutment, resulting in a natural-looking, functional tooth that seamlessly blends with your existing teeth. This restoration may be a single crown, a bridge or a complete or partial denture depending on how many teeth you are replacing.
Caring For Dental Implants
Caring for dental implants is much like caring for natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and routine dental checkups are essential to maintain the health of both your implants and surrounding gums. Avoiding tobacco products and maintaining a balanced diet further supports implant longevity. Unlike traditional dentures, implants do not require removal for cleaning, providing convenience and stability that enhance your oral wellbeing for years to come. When properly cared for, your implants should last a lifetime.