Missing teeth can be uncomfortable and unattractive, making it difficult for you to eat and making your self-conscious when you smile. Dental implants can give you back your comfort and your confidence.
Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
Thanks to advances in implant and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants provide the best possible option for tooth replacement. They provide an artificial tooth root as well as the tooth crown. The root is implanted directly in the jawbone, where the bone forms a bond with the titanium in the implant. This bond means the new tooth will remain stationary, and the implant will help stimulate growth in the jawbone just like a natural root.
With your new teeth, you’ll be able to eat and talk normally, without worrying about dislodging a denture. There’s no need for adhesives or complicated cleaning routines, and your teeth will look and feel completely natural. Regular brushing and flossing around the abutments, or cleaning a removable denture that’s anchored on your implants, help keep your mouth free of bacteria to avoid gum disease or decay in your remaining teeth.
Choosing Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
If you’re missing a tooth, or if you’ve lost a number of teeth, you should talk to your dentist about dental implants. Implants work well for many people, but they’re not the best option for everyone. A consultation with an implant dentist will tell you if they’re a good option for you.
Thorough healing is vital for a successful implant procedure. Your healing process could be compromised if:
- You smoke
- You have untreated gum disease
- You have diabetes or an autoimmune disorder
- You are taking specific drugs for osteoporosis
- You don’t have enough bone mass in your jaw to support an implant
Before implant surgery, you should have any gum disease treated. If necessary, you can have bone grafts to provide a strong foundation. These must be allowed to heal before the implants can be put in place.
Our team at Crosspointe Dental & Orthodontics is ready to help you on your implant journey. Contact us today to make an appointment!