Beyond the cosmetic appeal, replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of place and causing issues in the future. Implants are also excellent alternatives for partial bridges and even full dentures.
The “implant” is actually a titanium screw that’s surgically implanted into your jaw and takes the place of your natural root system. Over time, the bony tissue in your jaw firmly integrates the implant into position, and your dentist attaches a permanent crown to the screw to create a cosmetically appealing replacement that blends perfectly with your surrounding teeth. Dental implants can also be used to replace several missing teeth or can even be used as full dentures.
Dental implants are one of the most effective options for replacing missing teeth and probably the closest you can get to natural teeth when it comes to comfort and appearance. Unlike bridges or dentures, they’re permanently affixed via your jaw bone and remain in place through meals, overnight, and during cleaning.
Unlike dentures that cover your gums and the roof of your mouth, implants don’t interfere with your sense of taste or alter the coloring of your gums. You won’t experience the slippage that can occur with speaking or eating while you’re wearing dentures. They won’t form cavities but you’ll still need routine dental visits care to maintain gum health and keep your crowns looking bright and natural. They aren’t technically “permanent” but implants can last for 20 years, which is much longer than bridges or dentures are designed to endure.
An implant definitely requires more than one visit but the timeline otherwise varies. It may depend on how many teeth are being replaced, the condition of your jaw, and how quickly you heal. During your consultation regarding implants, Dr. Kimche will make recommendations based on your exam and expectations you have regarding implants.
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