December 15, 2017
If you’re missing out on all your favorite foods this holiday season because missing teeth have made it difficult or even painful to chew, it’s time to start planning for next year.
Dental implants offer security and durability that other teeth replacement options can’t! In fact, because a dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth, it’s as close as you can get to a brand new tooth.
And at Appalachian Dental Care, we can leverage the power of dental implants to find a teeth replacement option for you — no matter if you’re missing just one tooth or all of them!
Read on to learn more about how you can improve your dental health and overall quality of life with dental implants! Then, call our Boone, NC office at 828-355-5673 to schedule a consultation! We love transforming our patients’ lives by transforming their smiles.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts made of biocompatible titanium that replace the roots of missing teeth. After the implants are inserted into the gum, they fuse to the jawbone, just as real teeth do!
Dental implants are topped with a custom abutment, which anchors a dental restoration. Commonly, dental implants support a dental crown, or a prosthetic that replaces the visible portion of a single tooth.
But dentists have also found that dental implants can be used to anchor multi-tooth prosthetics, like dental bridges and even full upper or lower sets of artificial teeth. We’ll get to that in just a second.
Beyond the security they offer, dental implants help you maintain density in your jawbone. Other teeth replacement options that simply rest on your gums often lead to loss of bone density. But because a dental implant requires your jawbone to continue to support a tooth root (albeit artificial), it helps prevent bone loss.
What Is The Process Of Getting Dental Implants?
First, you’ll come in for a consultation, where we’ll review your medical and dental histories. Because dental implants become embedded in the jawbone, we need to make sure that you have the bone density to support dental implants.
Generally speaking, if you’re healthy enough to undergo a routine tooth extraction, you’re healthy enough to have a dental implant placed. Still, some medical conditions may disqualify you from this treatment. The only way to know for sure whether dental implants are right for you is to consult with a dental professional.
After determining that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, you’ll come in to have the dental implants placed. Dr. Airey will place the titanium root into the gums, and we’ll allow the affected area to heal. After that, we’ll place the custom abutment and dental restoration, and you’ll walk out of our office with a beautiful new smile!
How Can Dental Implants Help Me If I Need To Replace An Entire Set Of Teeth?
If you’re missing a full dental arch of teeth, It’s probably not realistic to replace each one with a dental implant topped with a dental crown. Not only would that require incredible bone density, but it would most likely be cost-prohibitive.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of dental implants if you need to replace a full dental arch of teeth!
At Appalachian Dental Care, we offer a revolutionary treatment called All-On-4® dental implants that anchors a full upper or lower set of artificial teeth on just four dental implants! Many people prefer All-On-4 dental implants over traditional dentures because they offer incredible security. You’ll never have to worry about your prosthetic slipping when you cough or laugh because it can only be removed by your dentist.
If you’re looking for a removable denture option but want the added security of dental implants, you can have the best of both worlds with implant-supported and implant-retained dentures! Both require only two dental implants to support a removable denture.
How Do I Take Care Of My Dental Implants?
Here’s the great thing about dental implants: They act and feel like natural teeth, and you treat them like you would natural teeth, too! You’ll maintain healthy oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
You’ll also continue to see your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings to ensure your restoration, implants, and your gums stay in great shape.
But with proper care, your dental implants can last you a lifetime! They truly are a long-term investment in your health and your happiness.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Again With Dental Implants
Dental implants will restore the appearance of your smile, but they’ll also help you regain dental function! Think of all the foods you’ve been missing out on because of the gaps in your smile. With dental implants, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite meals again!