Dental ImplantsFinding a way to repair a missing tooth is a must. Leaving an empty gap can lead to bone loss, shifting teeth, and painful gums. Beautiful Smiles- James Long DDS is here to help you find the perfect solution, and should a dental implant be right for you, we can get you through every step to restore your beautiful and confident smile. This is a great and permanent solution that a large percentage of our patients are candidates for.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that we can surgically install into your jaw that behaves in a very similar way to your natural tooth’s root. This piece is incredibly versatile and gives you the freedom to find the perfect artificial tooth appliance for your needs. For example’s sake, we can attach anything from a crown to a bridge to full sets of dentures to implants so that you do not have to worry about the hassle that can come alongside a removable prosthetic.
Benefits of a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a great option for most people. It is a permanent solution, whereas removable prosthetics can cause more damage over time to your gums and bone. Without a tooth root stimulating the bone as you chew, your jaw is subject to bone loss, which can not only be painful but can make it increasingly difficult to repair damage as time goes on. Implants also offer the benefits of stability and comfort. They feel as natural as your regular teeth, and you will forget you even have them! This also means that you are free to eat whatever you like, an option that is taken from you with removable prosthetics. Your flavor sensitivities do not change either.
Getting a dental implant is a relatively straightforward process, but one major concern we have going into any operation is your bone density. If you have had a missing tooth for quite some time, you may find that you have suffered significant bone loss. This can make it so that your jaw is simply not strong enough to support an implant. If this is the case, do not worry. A bone graft can solve that problem; it will simply add more time to your procedure.
When it is time for your implant, we will administer an anesthetic to numb the area (or a sedative if you so choose) and we will make an incision in your gums. This is how we will access the bone. Then, we will insert and install the titanium post, and that will be left to heal. Once that is fully fused with the bone several months later, a permanent crown, bridge, or denture will be installed.
Beautiful Smiles is here to help you through whatever help you need. If you have any questions at all concerning an upcoming procedure, or if you want to know if you could be a potential dental implant candidate, feel free to call us at your earliest convenience.