If you have missing teeth or heavily damaged teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants may be right for you. Getting a dental implant, consists of a small rod placed within the bone beneath the gums where a tooth once was. The implant fuses with the jaw and eventually serves as an anchor for a crown or other tooth prosthetic. Because of their versatility, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth depending on the needs of the patient.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. After a metal post is placed, the restoration is completed with a replacement crown. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
Is an implant the right choice for me?
Dental implants may be right for you if you have one or more missing teeth, or if you have an unhealthy tooth that will need to be extracted. Since implants are embedded within the jaw, patients must have enough bone and soft gum tissue to support the implant. Additionally, a person getting dental implants should be in good general and oral health to reduce the risk of complications during and after the procedure. Conditions like gingivitis and periodontitis should be addressed before getting dental implants.
Dental implants help:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore a patient’s confident smile
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore or enhance facial tissues
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
Schedule an appointment with Eco Dental Care!
Keep in mind that only your dentist can determine if dental implants are right for you. For more information or to schedule your one-on-one consultation, contact our office today. Our team has the skill and experience to make the smile of your dreams a reality.