If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you can replace them with dental implants. Dental implants restore the look, feel, and functionality of real teeth, which make them a much better option than dentures.
In this blog, Dana Samet, DDS, of Dental Art of South Bay, explains more about what dental implants are, their many benefits, and whether or not you may be a candidate.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant — which replaces a missing tooth — basically consists of two parts: a steel post, which is placed into your jawbone, and a crown, or false tooth, which is anchored to the top of the steel post. The artificial tooth is the only thing visible above the gumline.
First, Dr. Samet inserts the post into your jawbone. Then the post fuses to your jawbone, which takes 3-6 months. Then she attaches your artificial tooth to the post.
Like any other crown, the crown will be made from tooth-colored materials — such as ceramic — and it will look like a real tooth. Furthermore, it will be shaded to match the color of your surrounding teeth.
Although dental implants are most commonly used to replace just a single missing tooth, dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth.
Who can get dental implants?
In order to get a dental implant, you should have healthy gums and be in good overall health. Furthermore, you’ll need an adequate amount of bone in your jaw for the implant.
Dr. Samet will give your jaws a thorough evaluation before recommending an implant. She may perform certain tests, such as a CT scan, to make sure your jaw will accept an implant.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants have many benefits, including the following:
Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth.
You’ll be able to eat and speak just like normal. Furthermore, an implant won’t slip like dentures can.
Smile with ease
Dental implants can also boost your self-confidence, especially compared to having missing teeth.
Keep your jaws healthy
Dental implants will continue to stimulate bone growth in your jaw. When a tooth is in place, the jawbone in that area will continue to regenerate due to the stimulation the tooth provides. Missing teeth can cause bone loss in your jaw — which can cause your face to look shrunken — due to the lack of stimulation. With an implant, your jaw will get stimulation again, which will help your jaw stay healthy.
How do you care for dental implants?
Dental implants function just like your natural teeth. This means you’ll floss and brush them like your regular teeth. You’ll also need to keep up with professional dental cleanings and exams.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants may be able to help. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Dental Art of South Bay today.