Advances in dentistry have come a long way in recent years. Up until very recently, the only treatments available for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. With the emergence of dental implants, you can now have missing teeth permanently replaced safely and effectively. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots to which replacement teeth can be fastened.
There are several advantages to dental implants, including:
- Better appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth
- Improved speech: Dental implants allow you to speak normally and not be concerned about slipping dentures
- Achieved comfort: Implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures because they are a part of your own mouth
Once you move forward with getting implants, the first step is placing the tooth root implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth. Once the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted post (typically made of titanium). When the jaw is healed and the post is securely anchored, we attach a small connector post that holds the new tooth. The replacement tooth is then attached to the connector post. From there, we can then attach removable dentures to the implants. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, your replacement teeth look and feel just like natural teeth and are fully functional.
If you are able to undergo a tooth extraction, you may be a candidate for dental implants. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. If you are missing one or more teeth, it is no longer necessary to suffer without teeth or deal with dentures that don’t feel like natural teeth. If you’re ready to restore your smile, give us a call today!