If your chewing ability isn’t what it used to be because of missing teeth, it may be time to consider other options. While dentures are one alternative for replacing teeth lost to decay or injury, they can also be uncomfortable and inconvenient.
Dental implants offer many benefits over dentures, including helping you regain normal functionality for eating and speaking.
Dr. Joseph Nguyen and the team at Fresh Dental Care offer comprehensive dental implant services to replace lost teeth and restore your beautiful smile.
Getting dental implants is a two-part process, customized to meet your needs. The first part of the procedure involves implanting a titanium post into your jawbone. Over time, your jawbone fuses to the post, anchoring it into place.
Posts can be implanted into any area where you’re missing a tooth, making dental implants a great choice if you’re missing just one tooth or multiple teeth.
Once a post has fused into place, you receive an artificial tooth that attaches to the post. It can take several months for your gums to heal enough to support the artificial tooth, but once the tooth is attached, there’s no limitation in diet and no further downtime required.
Each tooth is designed to look like your natural teeth, created to match size and color. This means you can show off your smile without anyone knowing you had any work done.
Dental implants are a great choice for replacing adult teeth and are a suitable choice for many patients. One of the main requirements to be a candidate for dental implants is good overall oral health. You also need to have sufficient bone to hold the titanium post in place.
If you lack enough bone in your jaw to support a dental implant, Dr. Joseph Nguyen at Fresh Dental Care can perform additional procedures, including a bone graft, to enhance your jaw.
A graft typically involves removing a piece of bone from another area of your body and adding it to your jaw. Donor grafts are also used in some cases.
By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you can improve your oral health for the long term. Dental implants not only keep natural teeth from shifting but they offer the only restorative dental procedure that stimulates the natural growth of bone.
Dental implants are easy to maintain. You treat them just like you would your natural teeth, brushing and flossing daily. To keep your implants in optimal condition and to prevent gum and other oral diseases, you still need to schedule routine checkups every six months.
Another benefit of dental implants is their durability. They’re designed to last for many years, if not a lifetime. Your implants look and function just like your natural teeth. They also offer the added benefit of being resistant to substances that tend to stain teeth, such as coffee and wine.
With dental implants, you can smile with confidence. You never have to worry about your teeth moving around or being uncomfortable like you do with dentures. Implants allow you to eat your favorite foods, which may have been difficult to do without a full set of teeth.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth, call the Fresh Dental Care office most convenient to you to learn more about the benefits of dental implants, or book an appointment online.