Do you have missing or damaged teeth? If you would like to avoid dentures or partials, dental implants may be the perfect solution for you. Titanium implants are permanent and look completely natural—not to mention their structural benefits will greatly improve your overall oral health.
How We Can Help
Dental implants can do so much more than simply improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. There are a number of functional and restorative purposes for undergoing this procedure that will greatly improve your quality of life:
- Structural Benefits: Missing teeth can create a lot of issues with your oral health—including impacts to your speech, chewing mechanisms, and jaw structure. Dental implants can replace these missing or damaged teeth to add stability to your jaw and reintroduce the functional mechanisms that were lost.
- Improved Appearance: Implants look and behave just like normal, healthy teeth. After replacing broken and missing teeth, you’ll love showing off your new smile.
- Long-term Solution: Dental implants have a 98% success rate. You won’t need to worry about special care or avoiding certain foods, as dental implants don’t shift or fall out. By simply adhering to a good oral hygiene regimen, you can ensure that these new teeth last you for the rest of your life.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
If you are suffering from damaged or missing teeth, it would be greatly beneficial to you to set up a consultation with your dentist at College Drive Dental Associates. We will discuss a treatment plan with you and determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure. Some of the determining factors that your dentist will discuss with you are as follows:
- Health – Being in good health is even more important than age when determining your eligibility for the procedure.
- Chronic Illness – Illnesses such as diabetes or leukemia may create difficulties in the healing process. Be sure to discuss any chronic illnesses you may have with your dentist.
- Jaw Structure – Because these implants will ultimately fuse with your jaw, it is important that you have a solid jaw structure in place prior to your surgery. If you don’t, this may require additional surgeries.
- Tobacco Usage – Smoking lowers your immune system, which may impact the healing process after surgery.
How Do Implants Work?
If you are determined to be a good candidate for dental implants, your dentist will work with you to create an ideal treatment plan. First, your dentist will remove severely decayed teeth and insert a titanium screw in its place. Over time, this will heal and fuse with your jawbone. Once this healing process is complete, your dentist will put a porcelain crown, or prosthetic tooth, over the screw. This tooth will be specifically made to fit your mouth and match the surrounding teeth. You can expect the overall treatment to take 6-12 weeks with only mild soreness that can be treated with over the counter pain medication.
If you are interested in getting dental implants, contact us at College Drive Dental Associates to set up your consultation today.