Up until very recently, the only treatments available for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. With the emergence of dental implants, we are now able to permanently restore missing teeth safely and effectively. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots to which replacement teeth can be fastened.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist will talk to you about your options. Once you move forward with getting implants, the first step is placing the tooth root implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth. Once the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted post (typically made of titanium).
Once the jaw is healed and the post is securely anchored, the dentist attaches a small connector post that holds the new tooth. The replacement tooth is then attached to the connector post. From there, the dentist can then attach removable dentures to the implants. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, your replacement teeth look and feel just like natural teeth and are fully functional.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.
- Improved speech. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
In general, if you are healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental technology has come a long way in recent years. It is no longer necessary to suffer without teeth or deal with dentures that don’t feel like natural teeth. If you’re ready to restore your smile, give us a call today!