Very few people are lucky enough to be born with teeth that are the perfect size, straightness, and health. Many people need supportive, cosmetic care to get their teeth into their ideal smile. If you have lost a tooth, were born without a specific tooth, or just do not want to wear dentures, dental implants may be a treatment option. Our professionals at Singing River Dentistry use dental implants to improve the look and feel of your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a surgical alternative to removable dentures when replacing missing teeth. Using a small post made of titanium, our dentists will replace either individual or multiple tooth roots to build a stronger foundation below your teeth for permanent replacement teeth. The purpose of dental implants is to recreate a tooth that can function like your natural teeth, rather than use a removable set of teeth that may slide and move throughout the day.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. While many complain of the speech and eating problems they endure while using removable dentures, dental implants don’t have that same problem since the entire tooth is secured. There is no shifting or moving while they are in place because they are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Additionally, nearby teeth are not changed or impacted with this implant, leaving more of your natural smile intact. The natural look of these implants also brings confidence back to your smile if you have had missing or severely cracked and damaged teeth.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Once our dentists thoroughly examine your mouth for the health of surrounding gums and teeth, our dentists will create a custom treatment plan based on your teeth and bite. This treatment plan will include an impression of your teeth and bite and the best color match to the surrounding teeth. A post made of titanium is fused to the jawbone beneath your gums and placed into the socket of your missing tooth. Once the titanium post has bonded with your jawbone, our dentists will then place an abutment, or a small connector post, which will hold the new tooth. Then, once the abutment is placed, a custom made crown, a replacement tooth made from the impression of your mouth, is used to finish the entire process
How Do You Care for Dental Implants?
The best thing about dental implants is they are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, therefore the upkeep and care will be very similar to before your implants. Only regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are required, just like your normal teeth and gums. It is always best to avoid overly sticky or hard foods when caring for your dental implants and natural teeth, alike.
If you are looking for cosmetic improvement to your smile or are looking for more information on your options to replace a lost, misshapen, or damaged tooth, call Singing River Dentistry at (256) 562-4001 today. Our professionals want to help you achieve your ideal smile!
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