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What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restorative solution for missing teeth. It’s the most durable and long-lasting treatment for tooth loss. Implants look and function just like your natural teeth, so they’re a fantastic means of restoring your smile.
Why Do You Need Dental Implants?
A dental implant is the best procedure dentists can offer to patients with missing teeth. Missing a tooth can make it difficult to eat, not to mention it can take a toll on your confidence. A dental implant will replace your tooth in both form and function.
We recommend implants in a wide range of cases. They have higher success rates and better longevity when compared to other restorative treatments, like dental bridges.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two main types of dental implants. Your dentist will know to recommend the one that’s right for your condition.
Endosteal implants are made with a body-safe titanium post that is attached to the jawbone. They’re durable, safe, and decay-resistant, so they’re the type of implant we recommend in the vast majority of cases.
After the titanium is placed, the body heals and the bone integrates with the implant. It becomes a strong, decay-resistant part of your body.
Once the healing process completes, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and create a crown (i.e. replacement tooth) that will match the aesthetic of your mouth. Finally, your dentist will attach the crown to the implant, and your smile will return to normal.
Subperiosteal implants are connected to the gums, in situations where the jawbone cannot support the implant. Other times, we recommend additional procedures to restore the jawbone, like a jaw graft.
Recovery, Follow-Up & Aftercare
If you follow a good hygiene routine after your dental implant placement, it can last a lifetime.
Immediately after your implant is first placed, it’s imperative that you avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, since those habits can severely impede the healing process. Once that process is done, we’d still recommend you avoid tobacco products.
Once the final crown is placed, the good news is that caring for a dental implant is no different from caring for a regular tooth, although you will need to be diligent. Be ready to make brushing, flossing, and dental cleaning appointments a regular part of your lifestyle.
Dental Implants at Sparr Heights Smiles
If you think you may need a dental implant, we always recommend starting out with a consultation. Our cosmetic dentist will review your condition and make a recommendation for the best restorative treatment for you, whether it be implants, a bridge, or dentures.
No matter what direction we take, we guarantee that you’ll receive customized, caring service that will prioritize your desires. So don’t wait to book your appointment - your brighter smile awaits.