Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for those who have lost a tooth or teeth.
Missing teeth can affect all aspects of your life, not just your dental health. We take a communicative approach to implant treatment because we know it can seem overwhelming. We keep you informed every step of the way to make the dental implant process as smooth as possible for you. If you’re looking for a friendly dentist to restore your smile and replace your missing teeth, schedule a consultation today for dental implants.
How It Works
Understanding Dental Implants
There are two basic parts of a dental implant: The implant itself and attached restoration. A dental implant is a small, rod or screw-shaped piece of titanium. We insert it directly into your jaw and gum tissue where your missing tooth used to be. After it heals, the implant functions as an artificial tooth root. Titanium has the unique ability to bond permanently with your gum and jaw tissue. As a result, there is a stable platform for restoration.
What to Expect
The Placement And Restoration Process
During your first appointment, you’ll have your dental implant surgically placed. We will clean and numb your mouth, and create a small opening in your gum where your missing tooth used to be. The dental implant will be placed and sutured shut. After this, you’ll be sent home to recover . It takes about 3-6 months for the dental implant to “osseointegrate” and bond permanently with your oral tissue.
As you heal, the team at My Dental Club will work closely with an outside lab to create a dental crown that will match your existing teeth perfectly. When your mouth has healed, you’ll come in for a follow-up appointment and your dental crown will be checked for proper fit. The crown will then be permanently attached directly to your dental implant. You’ll leave our office with a complete, confident smile.
Candidates For Dental Implants
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
As a rule, dental implants are best for patients who have good overall oral health. You must be free of gum disease and other dental health issues like tooth decay. Non-smokers are also preferred, as tobacco use can interfere with the process of implant placement and healing. Most importantly, your gum and jaw will need to be strong enough to support a dental implant.
The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for implant surgery is to schedule a consultation at My Dental Club. Our dentists will thoroughly assess your health and give you honest advice and guidance about your restorative options.
The Only Permanent Tooth Replacement
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have a number of benefits compared to dental bridges and partial dentures:
- Long-lasting and durable – Dental implants last a long time, and they integrate with your jaw to become a natural part of your body. You can expect your dental implants to last 30+ years with proper care.
- Completely natural look and feel – Your dental implant and restoration will look and feel just like a natural tooth in every way.
- Supports the strength of your jaw bone – Unlike dentures and dental bridges, implants bond with your jaw and help support the bone by placing pressure on the jaw when you chew and smile, preventing resorption.
- Requires no special care – To care for your dental implant, all you need to do is brush twice a day and floss once per day, just like you would for your natural teeth. It’s also important to see your dentist for regular six-month cleanings and check-ups.
- Keep adjacent teeth intact – The most popular permanent alternative to a dental implant is a fixed bridge. This restores your smile but requires the intentional removal of healthy enamel from the abutment teeth. With a dental implant, this is not necessary.
Dental Implants And Bone Loss
Understanding How Implants Protect Your Mouth
When you lose a tooth, the root of the tooth no longer transmits force to your jaw bone from biting, chewing, and smiling. Because it is no longer being stimulated, the bone will begin to deteriorate. This process of weakening bone is known as “resorption.” You could lose up to 25% of bone mass within a year after losing your tooth.
Dental implants prevent bone resorption because they are permanently attached and bonded to your jaw bone. This stimulates the bone just like a natural tooth root would. Hence preventing your jaw bone from weakening, and keeping your mouth strong.
Get Care For Missing Teeth
The Importance Of Implant Treatment
If you do not replace your tooth at all, you will have issues speaking and chewing due to tooth loss. In addition, your remaining teeth will start to shift toward the now-empty socket, which can cause issues with your tooth alignment. If you choose an alternative treatment like a partial denture or a bridge, you can restore your smile. However, your jaw will continue to deteriorate and become weaker. That’s why we typically recommend dental implants to eligible candidates.
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