When tooth loss occurs, a variety of treatment options are available to restore both the look and the function of a healthy mouth.
One of these options is dental implants. Whether you’re interested in replacing one tooth or several missing teeth, dental implants may be the right option for you.
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Because dental implants are anchored into your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to dental implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth, which is an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges, as well as individual crowns placed over implants, feel more natural than regular dentures.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
A good candidate for dental implants has the following:
- Good Health
- Healthy Gums
- Enough Bone to Anchor the Implants in the Jaw – Some people who have lost bone in their jaw can still get implants, but first the bone must be rebuilt using special augmentation procedures.
- Commitment to Aftercare – Daily brushing and flossing are essential to take good care of the implanted teeth and surrounding gums. Regular visits to the dentist for follow-ups are also important.
Dental implants are a natural-looking way to replace teeth that are missing or damaged and a great tool for improving smiles. The success of your implant depends on your care of the implant at home, and our support through regular checkups and cleanings here in our office.
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