Dental Implants: A Safe Choice
Replace your missing teeth with a permanent and attractive solution
Did you know that just one missing tooth, if left unattended, can cause other teeth to shift, adversely affecting your bite, your digestive health, and your appearance? Dental implants, also called dental tooth implants, are an increasingly popular way to replace lost or missing teeth.
You may lose one tooth or several teeth because of advanced periodontal disease, trauma, or extraction. We know replacement is important, not only for aesthetic purposes, but also because missing teeth can compound dental and other health problems.
There are many restorative options and oral appliances available, such as partial dentures and traditional bridges. Why do our patients choose dental implants instead? We believe it’s because they are the best alternative dentistry offers to replace a natural tooth.
Here are the benefits of dental implants:
- You get the look, feel and function of naturally perfect teeth. No one can tell they are artificial - even you may forget!
- There is no need to alter healthy adjacent teeth, as is the case with bridges.
- The titanium implants create a biochemical bond with the bone, effectively replacing the function of roots and reducing bone deterioration.
- You’ll have no worry of dentures slipping while you are eating or speaking nor need to use messy adhesives. Just having a few dental tooth implants can help improve the fit of dentures.
- Unlike most appliances, which typically must be replaced every 5 to 15 years, dental implants are a considered a permanent tooth replacement solution.
- There are no pockets or gaps to collect food particles, helping you maintain optimal oral health.
- You care for dental implants just as you would your natural teeth – no special attention required.
What is the process of getting dental implants?
We take a team approach with an experienced oral surgeon to create your implants. The procedure takes place during a few appointments that will vary in length depending on whether you are getting partial or full dental implants.
- First the oral surgeon places the titanium implant into the jawbone. The surgical phase requires a brief recovery period, including a soft diet for a few days to promote healing.
- During the following few months, the bone grows around the implant, locking it in tight and strong.
- Next, a small post or “abutment” is attached, which protrudes through the gum tissue.
- To finish, our dentists fit a porcelain crown onto the abutment providing a durable and natural-looking replacement for the lost tooth.
The success rate for dental tooth implants is about 95 percent, which makes them an attractive permanent solution. You simply brush regularly, floss before bed, and maintain routine check-ups to help your implants last a very long time.
At a scheduled consultation with you, Dr. Leach takes the time to understand all your desires and needs. With a full range of both cosmetic and restorative treatments available through our office, we can develop a dental plan customized to your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Don’t delay replacing lost teeth. Call us now to schedule a consultation.