Broken, missing, or otherwise damaged teeth negatively impact your life in a variety of ways. Lowered self-esteem and being self-conscious about your appearance may make you want to avoid social interactions. At work, you may find that you've been passed up for promotions because you hold back instead of standing out. Dental implants can help improve your teeth so you smile more and regain your confidence.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a preferred method of replacing one or more missing teeth. The implant will bond with the existing bone and provide support for an artificial tooth. Because an implant is permanently fused to the jawbone, it becomes a very stable, long-lasting base. Dental implants usually have three distinct parts:
- Implant - An artificial device that serves as a type of root for artificial teeth.
- Abutment - A permanent metal post that holds a tooth or set of teeth in place.
- Crown - The part of the tooth that's visible whenever you open your mouth or smile.
The dental implant process
In the event of infections, tooth decay, or gum disease, you'll need treatment before surgery can proceed. Once you're cleared for dental implant surgery, the process will start with a comprehensive dental exam that includes x-rays, photos, a low-dose cone-beam CT scan, and a digital mouth scan. Impressions of your current teeth will also be taken to help create artificial teeth that fit your mouth.
Learn more about dental implants
If you are missing one or more teeth, or your lower denture doesn't fit properly, dental implants may be a good option for you. However, only a qualified dental professional can make that determination. Your health, the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone all play a part in the decision process. If you think that dental implants may be the right option for you, or if you want to learn more about them, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our friendly, professional staff will answer all of your questions and address any concerns that you have about the procedure.