Dental implants are great alternatives for people who have missing teeth and would like to replace them with artificial teeth. A dental implant is not a tooth, it’s actually considered an artificial tooth root. It replaces single, multiple, or all missing teeth in an arch. They are small titanium posts or fixtures that are inserted into the jawbone. A single crown (cap), fixed-bridge, a removable partial denture, or a full denture will then be attached, restoring your smile. 

Dental implants are great alternatives for people who have missing teeth and would like to replace them with artificial teeth. A dental implant is not a tooth, it’s actually considered an artificial tooth root. It replaces single, multiple, or all missing teeth in an arch. They are small titanium posts or fixtures that are inserted into the jawbone. A single crown (cap), fixed-bridge, a removable partial denture, or a full denture will then be attached, restoring your smile.

Missing teeth can affect your looks and overall health. It can be difficult to chew, speak, and smile when your teeth are missing. There are multiple reasons why people should replace their missing teeth:

  •  Missing teeth may affect the way you speak
  •  Missing molars may affect the way you chew
  • It will prevent your teeth from shifting
  • Bone loss can occur around the missing tooth
  •  Loss of teeth can cause your face to sag 

The benefits of dental implant treatment help with the prevention of bone loss after a tooth has been lost. The replacement tooth keeps other teeth from shifting, protects your bite, other teeth, and jawbone. A jawbone has no use if there are no teeth present, which leads to deterioration. The implants help preserve the bone. It acts and looks as a natural tooth and fits securely in your jaw. 

Treatments depend solely on the patient, the type of implant, and the tooth that is being replaced. Some implants may require more than one visit and may take a year to complete, while others can be done in one sitting. Dr. Tyler will be more than happy to sit down and discuss what type of option is best for you. Most implants usually involve two to three basic steps:

  • Placement of the implant
  • The healing process
  • Replacing your missing tooth or teeth

Good candidates for dental implants are patients who are in good general health, have a jawbone that can support an implant, and does not use tobacco. Chronic illnesses such as leukemia and diabetes may prevent successful placement of an implant and slow the healing process. Please consult with your doctor about any diseases or conditions you have to ensure this is the right treatment for you. Good oral hygiene is also important to the success of the implant. While implants cannot decay, you’ll need to be sure to keep the area around the implant clean to prevent issues with your gums. Be sure to keep your dental implant maintenance appointments to avoid peri-implantits. 

If you have questions about dental implants or would like to visit us for a consultation, please give us a call at (772)286-1606.