Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace missing teeth. Not only do they look and feel just like your natural teeth, but they allow you to continue with a regular diet without worrying about dislodging them or shifting them out of position. After your visit to your implant dentist, you’ll have a perfect set of new teeth you can use to eat anything you want.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental implants present several advantages over traditional dentures. One is that the implant dentist places your new tooth roots directly into your jawbone. Once the prosthetic teeth are attached to the titanium roots, you’ll have a new set of teeth that won’t shift, move, or decay.
When you have dentures, you often have to be careful about what you eat because certain foods could shift or dislodge your denture. These foods include apples, corn on the cob, and chewy or sticky foods. This is not the case with implants, because they are anchored in your jaw just like your natural teeth.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
You’ll see an implant dentist to discuss your implant procedure, whether you’re a good candidate, and how your procedure will be performed. This type of dentist specializes in implants and will be able to answer all your questions about the procedure, what to expect, and how to care for your new teeth.
In most cases, implants are placed in a two- or three-step process. First, any problems you might have with the bone density in your jaw are addressed. If your jawbone is not thick enough to support the root portion of the implant, you might need to have bone grafts. After these are placed and given a chance to heal, the titanium root is set into the bone and given a chance to bond. Then the prosthetic teeth are added, giving you a new, natural-looking smile.
If you have any questions about implants and how they can help you regain your missing teeth, please contact our friendly staff at Tate Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation.