When you lose teeth, they aren’t the only things you may miss. You may also miss your smile, your confidence, and your self-image. There are several available options for repairing a smile that has been altered because of tooth loss. Dental implants are a permanent, low maintenance solution.
Dental implants are posts that act as artificial tooth roots. The implant dentist will place the implant into the socket of the tooth you have lost, where it will fuse with the surrounding jawbone. An artificial tooth that has been color-matched to blend with your other teeth will be placed over the post, resulting in a replacement tooth that looks and feels real!
Another advantage of dental implants is that they are more comfortable than other tooth replacement options.
If you have lost multiple teeth, dental implants can be used to support bridgework, or to support dentures. Unlike regular bridges, dental implants do not require a permanent alteration of surrounding teeth for support.
Another advantage of dental implants is that they are more comfortable than other tooth replacement options. For example, they won’t slide out when you’re talking or trying to eat, like some dentures will (and you don’t have to bother with messy denture adhesives, either). Dental implants look and feel just like a natural tooth.
Regular good oral hygiene will help ensure that the implants last for decades. Twice daily tooth brushing, daily flossing, and regular visits to the dentist will keep the implants clean and free of debris. The dental visits will also allow your oral healthcare team to check the implants.
Avoid smoking or using other tobacco products during and after the implant procedure – they can cause receding gums and even implant failure during the healing process. For non-smokers who are already in good health and practice good oral hygiene habits, dental implants can have a success rate of up to 98 percent.
Contact the Arlington TX office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.