Dental implants are a great improvement over every earlier method of replacing missing teeth. Previously, lost teeth were replaced by bridges, partial dentures or complete dentures. Dental implants are fixed, permanent replacements for lost teeth that look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. They never have to be removed and cleaned like dentures, and don’t trap food particles underneath like a bridge can. Once your dental implant is complete, you simply care for it the same way you care for all your other teeth. 

With the new advancements in technology, we are able to change our patient's lives with Teeth in a Day - or for the more advanced cases, in just a matter of a couple of weeks we can achieve a full smile makeover.

When one of our patients is looking for a solution for a missing tooth that is both cosmetic and acts just like a natural tooth, we are happy to explain to them how dental implants can help. 

How Dental Implants Are Done

The first step to replace a missing tooth is to place the titanium implant in the bone where the tooth used to be. This implant is shaped like a slender screw and substitutes for the root of the tooth that is now gone. Once it is placed in the jaw, the titanium bonds well with the bone and creates a firm, secure foundation for your replacement tooth. 

The implant is allowed to heal and bond with the bone for a few months and then a small attachment called an abutment is added to the top. When this has healed well, a porcelain replacement tooth is anchored to the abutment. Now your dental implant is complete.

Why Dental Implants Are Better

When a tooth is missing, the bone that supported that tooth no longer gets the stimulation from biting and chewing it used to get. It might seem strange, but this bone needs this pressure and stimulation to stay healthy. After a tooth is lost, this bone gradually deteriorates and can finally collapse inwards. When several teeth are missing, a person’s face shape can even change, which tends to make them look older.

Dental implants offer the same kind of bone stimulation that your natural teeth do, helping the bone in your jaws stay healthy and firm. Caring for your dental implants is simple – you just brush and floss them as you normally do, and continue regular visits to our office. 

Who Can Benefit from Dental Implants? 

Dental implants can be used for the person who has lost one tooth, a few teeth or every one. When all teeth have been lost, dental implants may be used to anchor dentures securely in the mouth, eliminating the slippage common to dentures. 

When just a few teeth have been lost in the front of the mouth, implants restore a patient’s beautiful smile. And when teeth have been lost in the back, implants enable each person to chew their food efficiently again. No longer will they need to restrict their diets to just the foods that are easy to chew.
If you are missing teeth, we should talk about how dental implants can help you recover the beauty of your smile and regain full functionality at the same time. 

Please call us with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment: (305) 563-5190

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