Dental implants are a permanent, natural-looking solution for restoring a smile that has one or more missing teeth. If tooth loss is making eating your favorite food difficult, or speaking or sharing your smile embarrassing, dental implants provide the solution. While dentures are an effective option, they can often feel bulky and slip out. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, which means they’ll never slip or feel uncomfortable. In fact, they’ll feel and look just like your natural teeth!
During the dental implants procedure, Dr. Park will surgically place the small anchor into your jawbone while you are under anesthesia. Your implant will then need to heal, allowing the anchor to fuse with your jawbone and act as an artificial tooth root. The healing period typically takes a few months to complete, and is an integral part of the procedure. When your implant has healed, it will be able to support your replacement tooth. Your dental implants will last you a lifetime with proper care.
While dental implants will enhance the look of your smile, they will also restore your oral health as well. Gaps caused by missing teeth can result in bone loss in the jaw, deteriorating the facial structure and create a sagging, aged look. Dental implants preserve bone in the jaw to keep your smile and face looking natural.
Enjoy a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile with dental implants. No more diet restrictions, uncomfortable dentures, or feeling self-conscious. Call us today to schedule a consultation and get started on your new smile!
Dental implants are usually the treatment of choice to replace a missing or several missing teeth. With today’s technology, we can implant a space age material, titanium, into the jawbone to anchor a tooth, bridge or even a denture.
Implants look and feel natural and they actually stimulate bone growth. A dental implant is the titanium post that is placed in the jaw bone. Once the implant is in place, bone begins to grow and attach to the implant. When this has occurred (usually 6-8 weeks) a crown, bridge or denture can be anchored to it.
Implants provide superior benefits to all other tooth replacement options. Although it does require a surgical procedure, implants are actually less invasive then the traditional alternative to tooth replacement: a bridge. This is because a bridge requires the irreversible removal of healthy tooth structure from adjacent teeth. This can lead to nerve damage to these teeth and require a root canal or even loss of these teeth as well. An implant can replace the missing tooth without any damage to the surrounding teeth.
Implants are also used with dentures to give them something to attach to. Most denture wearers are aware of the challenges associated with dentures; the pain of the dentures digging into the gums, the taste and stickiness of adhesives to “glue” the dentures in place, and the excess plastic that crowds the tongue and cheek. These problems can be greatly improved and often eliminated with the help of implants. That’s because special attachments are fastened to the implants that can securely snap the dentures to place. The result is a less bulky denture that feels more secure, is comfortable and allows the wearer to smile with confidence.