Gaps between your teeth are impossible to ignore. Every time you look in the mirror, you're reminded that you've lost a tooth. Dental implants offered by your Smyrna, GA, dentist, Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental, provide an excellent restoration solution if you're ready to replace your missing teeth.
The dental implant process
Dental implants are synthetic posts designed to replace your missing tooth roots. Just like natural roots, implants become securely attached to your jawbone. The restorations are made of titanium, a metal that has the unique ability to bond to bone.
When your implants become fully bonded to your jawbone, your Smyrna dentist makes an impression of your mouth. The impression is used to create a dental crown, a restoration that replaces the visible part of your tooth. Dental implants are connected to crowns with small screws called abutments.
The length of the implant process varies but generally takes about three to six months. The process may be slightly longer if you need bone grafts to build up the bone in your jaw.
Implants offer many benefits
Your smile affects your self-esteem and other people's perception of you. The loss of one or more teeth can lead to loss of self-confidence or discomfort in social or business situations. Dental implants improve your appearance and give your self-esteem a much-needed boost. Your new tooth will look and feel completely natural. In fact, no one will be able to tell that your tooth isn't real.
Biting power can be a concern after tooth restoration. Because your implants are rooted to your jawbone, you won't experience any loss of power. You'll be able to bite and chew hard, tough, or sticky foods with ease and won't have to change your diet.
Are you concerned that you might not be a good candidate for implants because you've lost multiple teeth? Although implants are often used to replace single missing teeth, they're a good choice no matter how many teeth you need to restore. Implant-supported dentures offer an excellent alternative to full dentures and can be supported by as few as four implants.
Replace your missing teeth with dental implants! Call your Smyrna, GA, dentist, Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental, at (678) 305-9916 to schedule an appointment.