If you are missing a tooth and are self-conscious about the gap in your smile or feel embarrassed about having missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental implant. Dental implants can help you smile more confidently.
A dental implant is a permanent and effective way to fill gaps in your smile all while preserving your existing teeth. When teeth are lost because of disease or an accident, dental implants are a great solution. Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, so no one will even be able to tell that you have one! Dental implants function just like your natural teeth too, and they can help patients to eat, speak, and smile with confidence again.
An implant is a tiny titanium post which is placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium in a process called osseointegration. This creates a strong foundation for artificial teeth to be placed. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental Implant Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, the implants are placed within the jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. During this time, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat soft foods.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your dentist will uncover the implant and take an impression of your mouth in order to create your new tooth. A post or attachment will be connected to the implant. After your new teeth are created, the replacement teeth are placed over the post or attachments. This entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience a disruption in their daily routine and feel that the wait time is well worth it to receive their permanent dental implants.
If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for dental implants, give our office a call!