A dental implant is a replacement of the tooth and its root; many people who have one or more severely damaged teeth can benefit from a dental implant to improve the look and function of their teeth. Dental implants can help with:
- Appearance: these “fake teeth” look and like your real teeth, and may last even longer than natural teeth. Your dentist will match the color of your new teeth to that of your natural ones, ensuring an unnoticeable transition between teeth.
- Improved function: sometimes, patients with several damaged teeth have difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing. Replacing both the crown and the root of the tooth can help stabilize the entire mouth, making normal oral functions more comfortable.
- Low-maintenance: speaking of comfort, dental implants are permanent – so, unlike dentures, there’s no need for nightly removal, and lower risk of bacteria buildup.
- Improved oral health: implants can replace one tooth at a time, so they don’t affect the healthy teeth around them, and they’re easy to clean and care for.
- Durable and long lasting: dental implants may even outlast your natural teeth, because they won’t decay.
An implant is a titanium screw that replaces a tooth root, upon which a new fake tooth is fastened, which functions and looks just like the rest of your tooth. The healing process can take 2 to 4 months, but once the implant has healed, it fuses with the jawbone and functions just like a tooth root.
Implants can also hold removable dentures, providing structure for your jawbone and gums without requiring a permanent crown replacement.
Most dental implants are successful and involve only minor pain with recovery. Normal oral hygiene can ensue once the implant has healed, including brushing and flossing. With regular dental checkups, most patients forget that they have an implant.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Most healthy patients qualify for dental implants, but always consult with your dentist in order to craft a personalized treatment plan that works for you. You may be a candidate for a dental implant if you…
- Suffer from periodontal disease
- Have one or more decayed, damaged, or chipped teeth
- Have jaw damage or pain from damage to the jaw muscles below your gums
- Are at high risk for cavities
- Want to bypass high-maintenance treatments like dentures
- Want to improve the aesthetics of your smile and your overall appearance
For more information on Dental Implants and whether or not they’re right for you, contact Countryside Dental Group today!