When to Consider Dental Implants

senior couple embrace and smile after learning about dental implants

Missing one or more teeth is not only damaging to your self-esteem, but it can make it harder to talk, eat your favorite foods, and flash a smile. Not to mention, your cheeks will begin to sag and you’ll lose jaw strength as you begin to lose more teeth. Dental implants, however, can help you have a healthy smile again. We’ll go over when you should consider getting dental implants and what the procedure is like.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a practically permanent solution for those who are missing one or more teeth. Unlike most restorative options, dental implants are actually anchored by a titanium rod that acts like a replacement tooth root, which helps maintain your jaw strength and helps you chew, talk, and smile with confidence. Depending on how many teeth you need to be replaced, your dental implants can be topped with a single crown, a bridge or even be used to secure dentures in place.

Who are Dental Implants Best For?

Dental implants are a great choice for anyone who is missing one or more teeth and are looking for a permanent restorative solution. During your initial consultation, your dentist will make sure that you have proper gum and jaw strength to accommodate the replacement root. Then you’ll be ready to receive your dental implants!

Dental Implant Procedure

The dental implant procedure takes place over the course of a few months, depending on how many teeth you are getting replaced and where. During the first appointment, your dentist will make an incision in your gum and insert the titanium rod. It will take the rod a few months to fuse to your jaw bone. During your next appointment, your dentist will cut the gum to expose the titanium rod. They will then place the crown, bridge, or dentures over the rods depending on your needs.

Caring for a Dental Implant

Because they are so strong and versatile, you can care for a dental implant the same way you care for your natural teeth! Brush them, floss around them, eat with them, and talk with them as you normally would!

Preventing Damage & Decay

If you still have your natural teeth, be sure to brush and floss twice per day in order to preserve their health and prevent damage and decay. Visiting your dentist twice a year is another important way to make sure that your oral health is in the best shape possible. If you are interested in dental implants, contact us at Smiles Dental for a consultation today! We look forward to seeing you.

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