Did you know that only about 48% of adults have a full set of permanent teeth (excluding wisdom teeth)? For patients who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can be a great option for replacing them.
Implants can serve to restore chewing function while feeling like natural teeth, and also have the ability to last a lifetime. With her advanced training in implant dentistry, Dr. Schultz can determine if implants may be an option for you!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that are inserted surgically into the jawbone to provide stability for artificial teeth. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. These implants are made of titanium and other materials that are well tolerated by the body. Dental implants can be a great, long-term alternative to dentures, without the hassle or maintenance required.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
There can be many reasons that patients begin to consider long-term solutions to their smile. Some patients may be self-conscious about missing teeth, while some may be fed up with dentures that are uncomfortable or require time and maintenance. Dental implants may be right for you if you:
- Are in good health, or are cleared by your physician prior to scheduling surgery.
- Have enough bone to support the implant, or are a candidate for bone augmentation, if needed.
- Have healthy gum tissue to surround the implant.
- Commit to taking care of the implant with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Implants offer a great deal of support to man-made teeth.
- Any restoration attached to an implant won’t slip or shift in the mouth, allowing for better chewing and speaking ability, as compared to removable restorations.
- Man-made teeth attached to implants feel more natural and more comfortable than traditional bridges or dentures.
- Implants offer great value, because they can last a lifetime, if properly maintained.
How are Dental Implants placed?
Dental implants can be highly customized, because everyone’s smile is different. During a consultation with Dr. Schultz, a treatment plan is created for your unique needs and intended results. The titanium root is placed within the bone socket of the missing tooth or teeth in order to support the new tooth. It can take between 4-6 months for the root to heal within the jawbone, after which the new tooth can be placed. This usually requires an impression and careful matching to the color of your existing teeth.
Dental implants feel comfortable and natural once placed, and many patients feel like they have their original teeth back. They function just like natural teeth and require regular brushing and flossing to ensure that they last for the long-term.
If you are looking to restore your smile and think dental implants may be right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation!