Many people have gaps in their smiles for which they have not yet sought treatment. If you are missing teeth, you may think it’s simply a matter of appearance and not on your priority list. The truth is missing teeth do not just affect appearance; they also have a lasting effect on oral health. Dental implants are one way of permanently restoring missing teeth. If you are interested in dental implants, the following is a list of things you should know:
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone to hold an abutment and restoration securely. They are a durable and permanent way to restore teeth.
How long is the dental implant process?
Dental implants require multiple appointments over the course of several months. Once placed, the implant must go through a healing process where the bone grows around the post. This allows integration into the jawbone and is one of the reasons dental implants are so strong. After the healing is complete, the permanent restoration, such as a crown, can be placed.
Is the dental implant procedure safe?
Dental implants are very safe and can actually improve oral health. Gaps in the smile can leave remaining teeth susceptible to shifting. This can cause oral hygiene to be difficult. In addition, without a tooth firmly secured in the jawbone, it can begin to degenerate and affect the support of nearby teeth.
Will people be able to tell I have implants?
The dental implant is topped with a natural looking restoration such as dental crowns or bridges, so no one will be able to tell that you have the prosthetic.
Why would I choose dental implants over dentures?
Dental implants are often preferred over removable dentures because they behave so similarly to natural teeth. Dentures rest on top of the gum line and can be susceptible to shifting. Dental implants are permanent and will not move or shift.
If you are ready to take the first step in replacing your missing teeth, call Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry today in Redlands to schedule your consultation.