Millions of Americans have lost some or all of their teeth. Implants have become a popular option for replacing those lost teeth. Patients who have lost teeth and have chosen to be treated with implants will regain the ability to eat almost anything and can smile with confidence knowing that their teeth appear natural and that facial contours are preserved.
There are many reasons why implant therapy has become a popular treatment modality in the dental office. Implants are a fixed restoration, meaning that unlike dentures and other removable appliances they are permanently cemented in the mouth. There is no worry about the implant falling out. Implants improve chewing ability relative to removable appliances, and there is no worry about loose or ill-fitting dentures.
Implants will restore proper chewing ability which leads to a better diet and improved overall health. Implant restored teeth look and feel like your own natural teeth, and can increase your self-confidence when talking and smiling.
Implant placement does require several steps over a period of time, ranging from three months to a year depending upon the specific case. The implant is inserted into the jaw and allowed to heal for several months. The body needs time to deposit bone cells around the implant so that it can be “intergrated” into the jaw bone. A post is attached to the implant and a permanent crown iss then cemented onto the post.
To help implant treatment be successful it is very important that you brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. Many insurance companies are beginning to pay for implant treatment. If you have any questions related to this type of treatment please do not hesitate to call our office.
Patients of our office who have been treated with implants have been very excited with the results.