Not so long ago, dentists were limited to using dentures to address missing teeth. While this option definitely restores a patient’s smile, it has its disadvantages. Dentures can be uncomfortable, require the grinding down of other teeth, and sometimes affect a patient’s ability to enjoy the foods they love.
Fortunately, there is now a modern alternative to dentures: Dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
As their name suggests, an implant is an appliance that is inserted into the jawbone. It fuses there, becoming a part of your mouth. After the implant site heals, your dentist will insert a replacement tooth. Your implant functions like a normal tooth, and you’ll be able to enjoy the foods you love, perhaps for the first time in a long while!
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Your gums must be healthy and your jawbone must be stable and in good condition. If you don’t meet these criteria, however, don’t fret. There are other available options for tooth replacement.
How do you Take Care of Implants?
Once you get your implants, it is very important that you take care of your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is essential, as are regular dental checkups and cleanings. Your dentist or hygienist will explain what your new preventative dental care regimen will be.
Replacement teeth cannot be whitened, so you may decide to have your teeth whitened before your receive dental implants. This will greatly improve the look of your smile and ensure consistent tooth coloration.
Getting the Process Started
If you are looking for a permanent way to repair your smile, call us to schedule a consultation. Your dentist will let you know if you are a good candidate for implants, and will explain the process to you, along with alternatives. If you choose to undergo the procedure, we can also work with you and your insurance company to ensure that the procedure is gentle on your wallet as well.