Tooth loss for adults should not be considered an acceptable part of aging. While there are multiple ways to replace lost teeth, there is one solution that comes as close to restoring your biological teeth as possible … and that is with dental implants.
Teeth lost to trauma, decay, or disease can happen to anyone. A consultation with your dentist will reveal the best solution for you based on your timeline and budgetary requirements.
Whether you have lost one, several teeth, or an entire arch, dental implants are an ideal way to resume the life you once led by eating the foods you love, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence.
The patient will undergo a very comprehensive dental exam including x-rays. A medical report will be taken to determine the candidacy of the patient.
Once approved for the procedure, a small titanium device is surgically placed in the gum tissue where teeth are to be replaced. Depending on the number of teeth needing replaced, one or more implants will be used.
A healing period will ensue where the implants will be protected with temporary dentition. During the healing time, bone will graft to the implants to form a solid base that will support the final restoration acting much like the roots of a natural tooth. This process is called osseointegration.
It is very important that you follow your dentist’s instructions to keep your implant areas clean and free from infection – the leading cause of implant failure.
You will also be discouraged from using tobacco in any form as this is another leading cause of implant failure.
Once healed, the uncovering is completed; abutments are attached to the implants; and the cosmetic restoration is permanently cemented in place.
The final result will reveal beautiful, natural teeth that have been made to match surrounding biological teeth making your new teeth impossible to detect.
You can now eat all the foods you enjoyed before tooth loss occurred; you have teeth in place that feel just like your natural teeth. You will smile and laugh without embarrassment and you will be able to speak clearly without fear of slippage.
Caring for your implants is as easy as caring for your teeth. Brush and floss daily; and visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our team and schedule a consultation today.