If you’re dealing with tooth loss, then the worst part is probably starring back at you every time you look in a mirror: that gaping hole in your smile. However, there are other factors to consider beyond the way you look that make replacing missing teeth essential. Dental implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement not only because they restore your complete smile, but also because they help you avoid several oral and general health concerns. If you’d like to know more about dental implants in Sioux Falls, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not implants are the best choice for you. In the meantime, read on to learn more about dental implants and the implant process.
What are Dental Implants?
Simply put a dental implant is a replacement prosthetic that substitutes for both the root and crown of a missing tooth. A titanium post is surgically embedded in the jaw and given time to integrate with the surrounding bone tissue. Then, an abutment is attached to the implant to support your eventual tooth replacement, which can be a porcelain crown, a bridge or a denture.
Why is Tooth Replacement so Important?
Aside from the fact that you probably want to have a complete smile, there are a number of other reasons to replace missing teeth. Tooth loss can lead to other oral health problems including an increased risk of decay in other teeth, gum disease and shifting teeth. Beyond your mouth, a person with just one missing tooth may not be able to eat a fully nutritious diet that includes raw fruits and vegetables. Finally, just knowing that others see that you have missing teeth can dramatically impact the way you feel about yourself and your self-confidence. For all of these reasons, we think tooth replacement is imperative.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Whether you need one or more dental implants, your dentist in Sioux Falls can complete each phase of the process. The first phase is when we place the implant or implants in your jaw. After administering a local anesthetic, a small incision is made in your gum tissue to expose the bone. The implants are precisely guided into place in order to take advantage of the most bone density.
As you heal from surgery over the next few months, the implants and bone fuse together to create a solid foundation for your eventual restoration. Furthermore, acting just like a natural tooth root, the implant stimulates healthy new bone tissue growth so your jaw does not shrink, which frequently happens with other types of restorations that merely rest on top of your gums.
When you’ve healed completely, you’ll return to our office to have the dentist attach the appropriate restoration to your dental implants. With proper oral hygiene care and regular dental checkups, your new implant-retained teeth can last a lifetime.
Contact Our Office for Dental Implants Today
To learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile, contact Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls. We’re here to help you and your family enjoy the healthiest and most beautiful smiles.