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Dental implants are a great way for individuals with missing teeth to restore the appearance of their smile to a level that they can be proud of and feel confident in while in public. Living with missing teeth can cause one to feel insecure and puts them at risk of suffering from poor oral health.

Here at our cosmetic dentist office, we have a staff of dedicated professionals who are eager and able to help you achieve a better smile. We are well equipped to handle each step of the dental implant process, including the initial evaluation, preparation, placement and aftercare.

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as the root of an artificial tooth. They are a permanent solution, lasting for more than 25 years in some cases. Over the past several years, the popularity of dental implants has risen, and many patients now prefer to utilize implants as their means of tooth replacement.

So why the interest in dental implants among our patients? As mentioned, dental implants are a long-lasting solution. In addition, they look, feel and function just like natural teeth, and they are the closest one can get to replacing their natural teeth after tooth loss occurs. Since dental implants are fused in the bone of the jaw, they also work to prevent bone loss from occurring, which is not the case with many other tooth replacement options.

The process for dental implants involves an initial consultation in which we will conduct an oral evaluation and determine what preparation is needed. Preparation for placement of the implants may include treatment for periodontal disease and/or a bone grafting procedure, although some patients may need very little mouth preparation. Once placed into the jawbone, a process called osseointegration takes place, which means that the dental implants connect with the bone and become securely fused into place. After this, the abutment and artificial tooth can be placed.

Dental implants vs. traditional dentures

When an individual loses one or more of their teeth, they have several options available to them for replacing their teeth. The decision between implants and other forms of replacement can be rather difficult, particularly if the patient is not aware of the advantages and drawbacks of each option. Here at our cosmetic dentist office, we make a concerted effort to not only treat patients in the most effective and efficient manner, but to also educate them and help them make an informed decision as to which treatment is best.

One tooth replacement option that dental implants are often compared with is dentures, which have been a popular choice among many for decades. A traditional set of dentures is a removable set of replacement teeth that rests upon and is supported by the gums, rather than supported by dental implants. There are some benefits to choosing traditional dentures, such as lower costs in many cases. However, they do not last as long as dental implants and do less to prevent bone loss. In addition, many patients have found dental implants to be much more comfortable and easy to function with than traditional dentures. Traditional dentures are not to be confused with implant-supported dentures, which are a long-term alternative and work well to replace an entire row of missing teeth.

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Dental implants vs. fixed bridges

A fixed bridge is a replacement tooth, or multiple replacement teeth, that are supported by existing teeth on each side of the area with the missing teeth. Essentially, a fixed bridge serves as a bridge, filling in the gap of a missing tooth or a section of multiple missing teeth. While fixed bridges can effectively be attached to dental implants, they most often are supported by natural teeth. The natural teeth in many cases have a dental crown placed upon them, which helps to strengthen them and provide a secure hold for the artificial replacement teeth.

When comparing dental implants and fixed bridges, a fixed bridge is generally less of a long-term solution, needing to be repaired or replaced far sooner than implants would need to be. Additionally, fixed bridges usually are best utilized when replacing a small gap or a single missing tooth, and they are less ideal for more severe tooth replacement needs, whereas dental implants work well to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or an entire row.

When to consider dental implants

Dental implants are ideal for any patient who is looking to replace their teeth in the most effective manner. Dental implants restore one’s smile, providing them with teeth that look, feel and function in the same manner that their natural teeth once did. Whether you are looking to replace a single missing tooth or need more extensive treatment, dental implants can most likely work to meet your exact need.

It is important for dental implant patients to be in good general and oral health, and they must be willing and able to undergo a non-invasive surgical procedure. While many patients fear the surgery to place the implants, most of our patients report that the procedure was not nearly as painful or as invasive as they had anticipated.

Everyone deserves a smile they truly love and desire to show off while at work or in social situations, and no one should have to live an extended period of time with missing teeth. While there are requirements and perhaps preparations that are needed, at the end of the day anyone who is insecure about the appearance of their smile due to missing teeth should consider dental implants.

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Here at our cosmetic dentist office, we work with our patients and help them through each step of the dental implant process, ensuring that they leave with a set of replacement teeth that lasts for decades and restores their confidence in their smile.

If you are considering dental implants and want to learn more about how we can help you through the process, consult with us and schedule a time to come in for an initial consultation.