Would you like to replace one or more missing teeth? Bridges and dentures aren't the only options anymore. Our Morrisville, NC, dentist, Dr. Geetha Sripathi, explains how dental implants can restore your smile.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the only restoration option that restores teeth completely. The titanium implant serves as a synthetic root and provides a secure base for the crown that replaces the tooth above the gums. Your new dental implant becomes firmly rooted in your mouth when it bonds to the bone during a process called osseointegration. Although the length of the osseointegration may vary from person to person, it's usually complete about three to six months after your implant is placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery.
An impression of your mouth is made in our Morrisville office after your implant bonds to your bone. Thanks to the impression, your new crown will not only fit the gap in your smile perfectly but also feel comfortable. The crown is created in a dental laboratory, then attached to your implant with an abutment, a screw-like connector.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Most people who have lost teeth are good candidates for dental implants. You must be in good health and have no conditions or diseases that affect healing, such as immune system disorders or diabetes. Because smoking may also slow healing, implants may not be the best choice if you plan to continue smoking after implant surgery.
If you need implants due to tooth loss caused by gum disease, your disease must be successfully treated before you can receive dental implants. Adequate jawbone depth is also important. If your jawbone isn't deep enough, your implant may fail. Fortunately, the problem can often be solved by placing bone grafts in your jawbone before the implant process begins.
How will dental implants feel?
Dental implants feel more like natural teeth than any other restoration option. Because they're securely connected to your jawbone, they won't cause gum irritation or affect your ability to eat hard, sticky or tough foods. If you're switching from full dentures to implant-supported dentures, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the increase in biting power that implants offer.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call our Morrisville, NC, dentist, Dr. Sripathi, at (919) 388-0137 to schedule an appointment.