What Can Be Done About Missing Teeth?
Having missing teeth can be embarrassing, and it can lead to serious oral health issues. You don’t have to worry about a missing tooth — there are worry-free options we can provide. Read on to find out about one of the best treatment options we offer.
What Is an Implant?
A dental implant is the replacement option that is closest to being like your natural teeth. It is made of a post that is surgically placed into the bone and acts like a replacement root. Then, a natural-looking crown is mounted on the post to mimic the visible part of a natural tooth. Implants can be used when replacing one tooth, or for a whole mouthful of teeth.
The Benefits of a Dental Implant
A permanently placed implant is durable, stable, and worry-free. With an implant, you avoid additional bone loss that can occur when a missing tooth isn’t replaced, or ill-fitting dentures are worn long-term. Implants rival regular teeth in strength, functionality, and appearance. Knowing that the implant is permanent and stable means you can relax and enjoy the self-confidence an implant brings. You may even forget you have implants because they fit and perform so well.
Care of the Implant
For daily care, just think of your implant as if it were a “real” tooth. Brush and floss as you usually would but do use a soft brush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the implant. You’ve invested time and money in your implant, so you’ll want to avoid habits that could cause damage, such as chewing on hard candy or ice, grinding your teeth, or smoking. Be sure to maintain your regularly scheduled dental checkups. With the right care, your implants really can last your lifetime.
Implants, the Permanent Solution
Implants are a common, safe, and permanent treatment for tooth replacement. But we know that every patient’s needs are unique. Even with all the benefits, implants aren’t always the right answer. Call us today if you have any questions, or to set up an appointment, and find out if a dental implant is right for you!
Dr. Holsinger and Dr. Higgins