Implants Make an Impression
It’s unfortunate if you lose a tooth due to an injury or decay, but you don’t have to spend your life hiding the gap in your smile. In fact, there are a variety of dental treatments that can get you back to a healthy and beautiful smile, and one in particular that is an effective, durable and long-lasting solution.
Dental implants are a common solution to missing teeth or teeth that are damaged beyond repair. They can last a lifetime with proper care and offer the strongest support for replacement teeth. What’s more, they look and feel just like natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
With a dental implant, you will have the confidence to eat, talk and smile again. They are a permanent, long-lasting solution. Other benefits include:
- Improved speech
- Enjoying your favorite foods again
- Easy maintenance-daily brushing and flossing and regular checkups are all that’s needed
- Can last decades unlike other restorations that may need to be replaced more frequently
- Provide support to adjacent natural teeth
What to Expect
A dental implant is surgically positioned into the jaw and bonds with the natural bone creating a strong support. An abutment, or connector, is then placed on the implant holding the replacement tooth (crown) in place. The crown is custom-made and matches the color of your natural teeth, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Before we recommend dental implants, we conduct a thorough examination to determine if the treatment is right for you. Once we decide to move forward, the next step is to place the implant and allow time for healing. It can take anywhere between two and six months for your jawbone to heal.
Next an abutment will be placed in the implant, which will support the replacement tooth, or crown. Once the crown is made, we will then place it on the abutment. The entire dental implant process depends on each individual patient’s needs, but it typically takes two to eight months.
We look forward to discussing how this important dental treatment can improve the function and look of your smile. Please call our office today for an appointment.