Restore Function and Beauty to Your Smile with Dental Implants

Dental Implants – The Secure, Natural-Looking Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental implants - Oral SurgeonMissing teeth are a problem. Not only do these holes in your smile leave you with an unsightly appearance, the absence of teeth can create eating and speaking issues. Whether you are missing one tooth or an entire arch of teeth, you don’t have to live without them, nor are you resigned to dentures alone. Dental implants are the permanent tooth replacement solution that not only beautifies your smile, but turns it into a smile that is strong and foundationally sound.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The implantation of dental implants is a surgical procedure. Having an experienced oral maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. William Thompson conducting your procedure should make you feel completely secure about the outcome of your implant surgery.

Because the idea of going under local anesthesia for implants can feel overwhelming, it’s important to grasp how the dental implant procedure works and what benefits the procedure will ultimately offer the wearer.

A dental implant is comprised of two main elements:

  1. The anchor of a missing tooth is a small man-made root which is implanted into the gum and jawbone to replace the missing tooth. This is the implant itself.
  2. The prosthetic tooth is attached to the implant after it has had proper time to heal. The tooth (or teeth) are custom-made in color, style, and shape to match your existing teeth and complement your appearance.

Once a patient awakens from their implant surgery, there should be no awkward feeling, like something is in your mouth that shouldn’t be. But it is necessary to wait several weeks and even months for the implant to completely heal and for the mouth to fully accept the implant. After your dental surgeon has confirmed the success of the implant procedure, the post that holds the artificial tooth root – if it wasn’t placed at the time of surgery – will be put in place and the customized prosthetic tooth will be attached. This second part of the dental implant does not need to be done under anesthesia.

The result? A strong, reliable, durable, permanent new tooth that lets you speak and eat normally with no worries.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There is no special maintenance required for dental implants once they are in place. Your smile will be restored and it will look natural and be completely durable. You need only clean your teeth daily and keep up with preventive care appointments with your dentist to ensure that your new smile stays healthy and looking good.

The advantages of having dental implants are many. Here are just some of the amazing side effects that dental implant-wearers report:

  • Full functionality: When you have a tooth or teeth that are not working properly, it is not possible to thoroughly and properly chew your food. Your manner of speaking can also be compromised. Dental implants correct the problem, improving your diction and making it easy to eat your favorite foods again, no matter how chewy or crunchy.
  • Improved confidence: Let’s face it, when you are embarrassed by any part of your appearance, your self-esteem can take a hit. When your teeth and smile are the offended elements, it’s nearly impossible to hide. Filling the holes in your smile with dental implants will have others doing a double-take, not because your smile is so broken-down but because you look so good. And that kind of reaction can do wonders for your confidence. You will no longer feel self-conscious about speaking up, laughing loudly, or smiling wide.
  • Better health. Both your oral health and overall well-being will be improved by dental implants. Having one or more missing teeth means you are that much more susceptible to other teeth being lost. Dental implants are one way to restore the foundation of your smile and protect adjacent teeth from being in danger. Not being able to eat a complete diet because of dental setbacks means your nutrition will be compromised. This problem is eliminated with the security of dental implants.
  • Younger appearance. There are few adults who wouldn’t mind knocking a few years off of their age. And if you’re sporting any missing teeth, that look can absolutely age you beyond your years. Besides the fact that a broken-down smile makes you look older, an improperly supported jaw because of missing teeth and their roots can create a sunken-in appearance. Dental implants enhance facial tissues to renew your look and recapture a bit of youth.

Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?

If you are missing any teeth – one or many – you could be a dental implant candidate. Age does not factor into the decision to receive dental implants. Whether you are older or younger, the treatment can be just as beneficial and long-lasting.

Every person who is a potential dental implant candidate will, however, undergo an examination by your dentist and a review of your oral health history to make sure this is the best solution for your oral health needs. This thorough assessment also includes a review of your medical history, as well as x-rays, impressions of your teeth and gums, and a 3D scan of your mouth. All of these tests make it possible for your oral surgeon to properly evaluate your jawbone, gum tissue, spacing needs, and the health of your mouth.

In some cases, other restorative dentistry treatments will be suggested. For some patients, gum disease treatment must be conducted first in order to properly and safely prepare the mouth for the receipt of dental implants. Ultimately, though, dental implants are the most popular choice for their permanence, comfort, and appealing look. For patients who want to avoid dentures and all the responsibilities and complications that come along with them, dental implants are the best alternative.

If you have missing teeth, you have options when it comes to solutions. Learn more from Dr. William Thompson at iCare Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center in Commerce, Michigan. Make your appointment for your complete dental implant evaluation. Do not be embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth – the most important thing is to get solutions, and Dr. Thompson can have them for you.

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