When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dentures and bridges are no longer your only options. Now you can also choose dental implants, which serve as a permanent solution to missing teeth. The team at Allegra Family Dentistry in Mesa, Arizona, specializes in advanced dental care and offer dental implant restorations to complete your smile. To schedule a consultation to see if dental implants can fix your smile, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Dental implants are replacement options for missing teeth. The dental implant itself acts as an artificial root that gets placed in your jawbone becoming a sturdy base for your crown, which is also referred to as your restoration.
When it comes to replacing your missing teeth, dental implants offer many advantages over other options. Because the implant is permanently placed into your jawbone, you never have to worry about your teeth falling out when you talk and you can eat anything you want without restrictions. The implant also helps keep your other teeth in place and provides the stimulation your jawbone needs to maintain its strength.
The dentist determines if you’re a good candidate for dental implants during a consultation. To be considered a good candidate you must have healthy gums and enough bone to support the dental implant. The dentist takes into consideration your underlying health issues or habits, such as poorly controlled diabetes or cigarette smoking, when deciding if dental implants are the best choice for you.
Placement of your dental implant is individualized and based on your specific oral health and dental needs. But, in general, the first step is the placement of a titanium post into your jawbone, which is conducted under local anesthetics to minimize pain.
After your dental implant has been placed, it needs to heal before the dentist can complete your smile with your restoration. During the healing process, which can take 6-12 weeks, your jawbone grows around the implant, securing it in place.
Once your implant is secure, a connector is attached to your implant for your restorative tooth. The dentist at Allegra Family Dentistry will provide the restorative crown for your dental implant and make sure it matches your other teeth to give you a near flawless smile.
Dental implants are strong and durable and should last several years with good oral care. To keep your dental implants in good health, the dentist at Allegra Family Dentistry will recommend you brush and floss as directed, use an antibacterial mouthwash, and come to the office for your regularly scheduled cleanings and dental exams.
To learn more about dental implants and how they can complete your smile, call the office today or book an appointment online.