If you are missing teeth and have visible gaps in your mouth, feeling self-conscious about your smile is the least of your problems. Missing teeth can result in jawbone deterioration that will not only make you look older than you are but may cause you serious health problems in the future. As with any bone, the jaw needs the exercise it gets when you chew to maintain strength. The most effective way to restore your smile and overall dental health is dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have an artificial root, usually made of titanium that is surgically embedded or implanted into your jawbone. A titanium post is used because it bonds well with the bone. After a few weeks, the bone is stimulated to start growing again and surrounds the artificial root, holding it firmly in place just like it does a natural root. Once the post is secure, our implant specialist will fix a crown or artificial tooth to the part of the post that sticks out of the gum. This new tooth will last for years, and in some cases, a lifetime.
How to Care for a Dental Implant
Once the procedure is complete you have a new tooth. You care for it in the same way you would your natural teeth. That means brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. You will need regular dental checkups in any case and your implant can be checked at that time too. You can chew, bite, speak and laugh normally without worrying that your false tooth will click, shift, or otherwise embarrass you.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
It is necessary to have strong jawbone to receive the implant. If you have had missing teeth for years, the bone may be too weak to support the artificial root. If this is the case, we can graft bone to the jaw, and when that is firmly in place, we can put a dental implant. Just about anyone may be a good candidate for dental implants, but you can find out specific qualifications at a consultation with us.
What to Expect
When you meet our dental implant specialist, you will be asked questions about your medical history. If you have uncontrolled diabetes or gum disease, or if you smoke, it may affect the way the implant fuses to the bone. These issues can be addressed by our specialist.
Visit our specialist at Aesthetic Surgical Arts soon to learn more about how dental implants can greatly improve your quality of life. We are conveniently located in Overland Park, KS. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!