Have you had enough of living with the embarrassment and discomfort of living with missing teeth? Read on to learn why a dental implant may be the best option to restore your smile’s appearance and functionality.
Dr. Durning Moore of Charlotte Center For Complete Dentistry in Charlotte, NC explains why patients and dentists both prefer this tooth replacement option.
Understand the Demand for Dental Implants
According to cosmetic dentists, a dental implant provides patients with missing or damaged teeth a permanent smile solution. A dental implant is simply a small titanium post screwed into the jaw onto which a dental crown is mounted. The crown fills in the gap left in your smile by a lost tooth to restore the appearance, health, and full use of your teeth. Dental implants are often highly recommended by both patients and dentists due to their natural look, feel, and function. Many patients often forget they have them after awhile. And while the cost of dental implants may seem high compared to some other options, their longevity, comfort and health benefits make them well worth the extra cost to most patients that have received them.
Dental Implants Are Convenient and Comfortable
While living with missing teeth can be distressing and difficult, dental implant surgery is a fairly comfortable and simple procedure. It is minimally invasive and leaves little to no post-procedure discomfort. For most patients, the process of having an implant installed is very simple. However, more complex cases can mean the process can span over several months from start to completion. Same-day implants are now possible for many patients and advances in dental technology are making this more and more the norm.
To find out if a dental implant is right for you, you’ll need an evaluation by Dr. Moore or your local area dentist. If you have a sufficient amount of healthy jawbone tissue remaining where you’re missing teeth, you can have the procedure at any time and have it completed that day. If not, you will need to have bone graft surgeries which can increase the cost of the process as well as the time in the dentist’s chair.
Although the cost of dental implants may be slightly higher than other options, they don’t need the regular replacement and they prevent other later dental issues such as mouth regression, shifting teeth and unstable bite. Once the dental implant is embedded into the jawbone, it will naturally bond with the bone over the next few months, ensuring that the implant is stable and secure. Once it’s fully healed, you will again have a complete, natural looking smile.
How to Care For and Clean Dental Implants
Caring for dental implants is surprisingly simple. In fact, their maintenance is the same as caring for natural teeth. Implant patients should follow these basic oral health guidelines:
- Brush your teeth twice daily.
- Floss daily.
- Seek treatment for any tooth grinding or clenching habits.
- Schedule regular professional check-ups and cleanings with your area dentist.