While missing teeth are never fun to deal with, advancements in technology have made it possible to receive dental restorations that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. If you have a missing tooth or a tooth that needs to be extracted and replaced, please get in touch with our front office team. Missing teeth can cause deterioration in the jawbone, so in most cases the sooner you are assessed by a dentist, the better.
A Long-Lasting Tooth Replacement Option
Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for patients who want a durable, permanent solution for tooth loss. The process begins by surgically implanting a small titanium post into the gums where it will fuse with the jawbone to create a sturdy base for the artificial tooth. After the post has been secured and the gums have healed, a natural-looking artificial tooth will be attached, restoring both appearance and functionality back to the smile.
Who Can Get Dental Implants
Dental implants work well for many patients, but there are a few criteria that must be met before a dental implant procedure can be approved. This list is not exhaustive, and there may be other reasons why a dental implant procedure might not be the best option, like certain disorders or heavy use of tobacco products. We typically recommend dental implants to patients who:
- Have healthy gums
- Have enough bone matter to secure the implants or are able to receive a bone graft
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a fully-developed jawbone
- Want to improve eating and/or speaking ability
- Do not have a medical condition that slows down healing ability
- Are willing to commit to the dental implant process
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants don’t require making any changes to any surrounding teeth like dental bridges, and the titanium posts that fuse with the jawbone act as artificial tooth roots which help to prevent bone loss. Dental implants are very durable and tend to make eating and speaking easier for most patients. Finally, because dental implants can improve the overall appearance of a person’s smile, they can also raise confidence and self-esteem.
If you’re ready to schedule an appointment with us, please give our office a call or use our online contact form to request an appointment at a convenient time.