Dental Implants: An Attractive, Reliable Solution for Missing Teeth
While missing teeth can change the appearance of your face, they can also affect:
- Your ability to bite and chew
- The risk of developing periodontal disease
The sooner you invest in replacement teeth, the better your chances are of avoiding these dental issues (and others). We recommend implant dentistry because as artificial teeth replacements, they are strong and long-lasting. And, implants both look and feel similar to your natural teeth.
Dental implants are also versatile in that you can have a single, one-tooth implant, a supported bridge, or dentures.
How Does Dental Implant Surgery Work?
It’s important to understand that there are multiple steps involved in implant dentistry. And, it can take several months of healing in between procedures. Don’t worry, though! Our dentists are experienced and practiced in making the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Basically, dental implant surgery steps include:
With the aid of X-ray or other imaging technology, the dental implant is secured into the jaw. Some patients may require a bone graft if reinforcement of the jawbone is needed.
It may take several months for the implant to completely fuse into the bone. During recovery, your dentist may provide you with a temporary crown.
- Artificial Tooth Placement
Once the implant is firmly rooted and healed in the jaw, the permanent replacement tooth or teeth can be placed. A crown, bridge, or denture will be firmly secured to the implant post (or posts).
Outcomes and Benefits of Dental Implants
As a replacement for missing teeth, implants have a high success rate. In some cases, with proper care and routine oral hygiene, they can last upwards of 20 years. To ensure that your dental implants remain in top condition, it’s vital to practice vigilant oral health (brush and floss daily) and maintain routine dental checkups and exams.
Many of our patients have been happy with the results of their dental implants, often commenting on:
- The comfortable fit and feel of their dental implants
- The way implants transform their smile (and confidence!)
- How durable their replacement teeth are
No matter what type of solution you’ve been considering for missing teeth, we would love to speak with you about a possible dental implant treatment plan.
If you would like to consult with one of our friendly and experienced dentists about dental implants, schedule your appointment now. Or, call us any time at (215) 504-5437.