The loss of one or more teeth can be a devastating experience. But you can remedy this condition naturally with dental implants. A consultation with your implant dentist will show you how this dental procedure can provide renewed self confidence and peace of mind to last a lifetime.
The Dental Implant Process
Whether tooth loss has occurred due to trauma, disease, or decay the opening where your tooth was can be filled with a natural looking, permanent restoration that will allow you to eat all the foods you love, speak without fear of embarrassment, and smile broadly as no one will know that this tooth is not your biological one.
A visit with the implant dentist will begin with a conversation about your overall health followed by a very thorough dental exam. This will include dental x-rays as bone strength where the implant is to be placed is very important. If it is determined that bone is insufficient, a procedure to augment bone can be performed.
The dental implant itself is a small titanium post. It will be placed in gum tissue where bone will begin to graft to it allowing the implant to become a permanent structure. The process where bone incorporates the implant is referred to as osseointegration. Ultimately, the implant is designed to perform much like the roots of your natural tooth providing support for the cosmetic restoration that will eventually be placed.
The restoration is made to match neighboring teeth, and will be tried in for fit and appearance. If needed, small adjustments can be performed for a perfect fit. An abutment will be attached to the implant, and the restoration can then be bonded in place.
Advantages of a Dental Implant
In addition to providing an ideal cosmetic enhancement, dental implants will allow you to function just as you did before tooth loss occurred. There are no foods off limits, and since your restoration has been firmly cemented into place, there will never be any concern about movement or slippage.
Dental implants are a permanent solution designed to last for your lifetime. Brush and floss daily, and visit our office for cleaning and exam … the same care you provide for all your teeth is all that is required.