Whether you lose just one tooth or have lost all of your teeth, it affects you physically and emotionally. It’s hard to chew and speak and can affect the foods you eat, impacting your diet and nutrition. You may also be reluctant to smile or laugh openly.
When a tooth is lost, the gap left can change the shape of your face, causing it to sag. If the gap isn’t filled, then the underlying bone begins to deteriorate creating more sagging and wrinkles. The best solution for replacing a missing tooth is a dental implant which is as close to having a real tooth as modern dentistry can create.
The implant itself is a surgically placed titanium screw that replaces the tooth’s root. An additional piece, called an abutment, is placed on top of the screw. This implant surgery is a short procedure, with minimal discomfort.
There are two options for attaching the crown. One is to wait up to two weeks until the gums have healed from the surgery. Another is called immediate load implants, where the crowns are attached the same day that the implants are set in place. Our oral surgeons will recommend which is the better treatment option for you.
Rather than living with the constant discomfort and hassles of dentures, many people opt for full-mouth dental implant restoration. The good news is that you don’t need a dental implant for every one of your missing teeth. Additionally, this option has the benefits of aesthetics and possible longevity. Thanks to advances in dental implant technology, Smile Makers Dental Center can attach an entire row of upper or lower teeth using as few as four precisely placed implants.
There are many TV commercials for dental implant clinics, but not all dentists have the same level of training as the specialists in our dental practice. Our specialists work to make sure your implants are placed for optimum health and function.